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Bed Bug Control
Are you concerned you may have bed bugs? You can rely on Western Exterminator for bed bug treatment services for residents and business owners in California, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon and Washington that eradicate bed bugs quickly.
Our treatments range from conventional solutions to K-9 bed bug inspections to state-of-the-art heat treatments. Your technician will recommend different treatment services depending on the specifics of the infestation. We know that this part of the country has problems with bed bugs year round and that they are always capable of becoming a bed bug infestation, so we are ready to handle bed bug issues anytime.
We recommend that you hire a professional pest control company at the earliest sign of bed bugs. Bed bugs spread fast - each mature female bed bug can lay as many as 500 eggs in their short lifetime.
Give us a call at 800-937-8398 to schedule a FREE bed bug inspection.
Your Western Exterminator specialist will be able to review and recommend multiple solutions that are available to bring your bed bug problem under control. Our Western Exterminator’s local bed bug control specialists offer the latest in treatment options to remove an infestation in your home or business.
We take a sensitive and sympathetic approach recognizing how emotional and stressful a bed bug infestation may be. That means we work with you and your family to provide as minimal disruption as possible.
Our use of trained bed bug dogs, will help to accurately detect and locate the presence of bed bugs. This will enable us to provide targeted solutions to identified bed bug hotspots.
This environmentally-friendly process has now been adopted in the industry for bed bug control. Heat treatment is widely regarded as one of the most effective solutions for bed bugs. The heat treatment option uses no chemicals, but takes advantage of the fact that bed bugs cannot survive during any life stage in extreme heat.
Portable heaters, either electric or propane-fired, are used to gradually heat the ambient air within rooms to above 120º F while monitoring with strategically placed temperature sensors and infrared thermometers.
This high temperature is then held for 1 ½ to 3 hours or more depending on the level of infestation, and relative level of clutter in the treated rooms. Follow up treatments may be needed to ensure that all bed bugs have been eliminated.
Heat treatment is a low risk option for customers (and their pets), and the environment due to the minimal use of pesticides.
The service can be completed in just one day rather than over the course of a few weeks, and it’s effective against all life stages of a bed bug.
Contact your local Western Exterminator office at 800-937-8398 to find out more, as heat treatment is not offered in every service area.
Conventional treatments consisting of insecticides remains our primary and most turned to approach for handling bed bugs.
Several insecticide formulations, including liquids, dusts and aerosols, are typically required for a thorough bed bug service due in part to the varying types of surfaces, materials and situations encountered.
Dusts are an excellent tool to use when treating for bed bugs. These formulations tend to last longer than their liquid counterparts and can be easily applied into voids where liquids may not reach or should not be applied.
Aerosols are also convenient tools, especially when fitted with a crack and crevice tip, allowing direct application into cracks and crevices where bed bugs like to hide.
Vacuuming will be able to remove large portions of a bed bug population from areas where they are visible
Treatment will usually begin at the focal point of the infestation, which is generally the bed in an infested room.
This will be followed by careful treatment of all items in the vicinity, including baseboards, floor/wall junctions, tack strips under carpets, behind electrical outlets and switches, cracks in walls and floors, items hanging on walls and relevant structural voids. The intent is to treat every possible hiding place and make sure that all bed bugs are removed at all life stages. Just a couple of bed bugs can create a brand new infestation otherwise.
High temperatures are lethal to most insects provided they cannot quickly escape to a cooler location, and bed bugs are slow moving in general, which makes them ideal for treatment using heat and steam. The temperatures produced by portable steam units are more than sufficient to kill bed bugs and their eggs upon contact.
Steaming allows us to treat all surfaces of mattresses, box springs and upholstered furniture, which are often restricted with insecticides. The process is free of chemicals, but highly effective.
Steaming tends to get bed bugs to move out of deeper recesses as the temperature begins to rise, making them more likely to expose themselves or cross any applied insecticide.
Using steam treatment, means there is less need for applying pesticides.
While not our first choice, bed bug fumigation is also an option in a few select situations.
Fumigation uses materials in a gaseous state, which can penetrate all items placed within a fumigation space and is able to kill all stages of bed bugs present during the exposure period. The entire home or building is encased in a tent, with all tenants, pets and living things removed and food covered. The gas is then injected, seeping deep into wood and other areas to eliminate an infestation.
Freezing is also an option for eliminating bed bugs from some items which can not be treated conventionally
The good news for homeowners is that if you happen to own a freezer, you can perform this solution by using your home freezer.
Enclose infested items in plastic bags and freeze them for about a week.
A chest type freezer will allow you to freeze larger items too.
While freezing is reported to be effective against nymphs and adults, eggs appear to be more tolerant of cold temperatures and must be exposed for at least 30 days before they become non-viable.
At Western Exterminator, we ensure that there is a follow-up with every customer.
Our current standard practice is for at least 2 follow-up visits after the initial corrective service, to include inspection and treatment as needed.
We provide this service to ensure that we have effectively resolved your bed bug problem. It’s important to come back and inspect all of the hiding places and potential hiding places for the insects and make sure that they have been eliminated. A female bed bug can lay hundreds of eggs, so just a couple of missed insects can start an infestation anew very quickly.
Interested in our bed bug treatments? Call Western Exterminator at 800-937-8398 to schedule your bed bug inspection today.
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