Pest Control: How to Get Rid of Bedbugs
Miller Pest Control offers two options for the control and elimination of bedbugs, one the uses primarily insecticides and another that entails heat remediation and control.
Option 1: Insecticides
The first option involves controlling bedbugs through the use of MPC insecticides. This option consists of two services, conducted 21 to 30 days apart. The reason for two applications is due to the time it takes for the eggs to hatch. Most insecticides registered for use on bedbugs do not kill the eggs and have limited areas of use. Therefore, it is essential to kill the “second wave” after the eggs have hatched, typically occurring 21 to 30 days after the first treatment. Miller Pest Control’s service consists of two treatments, using a combination of dust insecticides which are considered the “silver bullet” as there is no risk of resistance buildup against these types of insecticides. Secondly, professional aerosols designed for use on bedbugs will kill exposed eggs and adult bedbugs inhabiting the mattress and box springs. Lastly, the residual effects of these methods will help knock them down and get rapid control of live, feeding bedbugs.
It is possible to see and have contact with bedbugs between the two services since insecticides are unavoidably slow-acting, yet very effective in the long run. For additional information and pricing details, please give us a call at 1-866-858-2152. We would be more than happy to send you a preparation sheet.
Option 2: Heat Remediation/Control
Miller Pest Control has used the heat remediation method to control bedbugs for over 10 years. With proper preparation, it is possible to eliminate bedbugs with just this one-time heat treatment. We know how much you’ve been looking forward to getting a good night’s rest! This service requires minimal pesticides and the ones used are primarily injected into wall voids and other areas heat will not penetrate. The internal temperature of the dwelling is raised to approximately 125° Fahrenheit (52° Celsius) and allowed to “soak” for two to four hours, all depending on the content of the rooms. A temperature reading is taken every 30 minutes in each room to ensure a complete soak of all areas. You, the customer, will be provided a temperature chart for your records. The entire heat process takes a complete day. Costs will vary all depending on square footage, location, equipment accessibility, and time of year (colder months take longer to heat and more fuel will be needed).
How to Identify a Bedbug Infestation
- Adult bedbugs can be as long as 10 mm. They have an oval, broad, flat body and a short, broad head
- Mature bedbugs are brown, but turn a blood red colour after feeding
- Bed bugs are found in cracks and crevices, including mattress seams, sheets, furniture, behind baseboards, electrical outlet plates and picture frames
- As the young bugs grow, they shed their skins; discovery of these case skins can indicate their presence
- After feeding, bed bugs return to their harbourage to hide where they defecate black to brown stains on porous surfaces or black to brown mounds on nonporous surfaces
- Bites might also indicate bed bugs, however further signs will need to be found, since other insect bites can cause red welts on the skin
How to Prevent a Bedbug Infestation
- Get rid of clutter
- Vacuum often, including under and behind beds
- Seal all cracks and crevices on wooden bed frames, between baseboards, and in walls, ceilings, windows, door frames, and furniture
- Check all items you bring into your house for the first time, including used books, new furniture, and furniture purchased at a garage sale or antique store
- Wash and dry your bed linens on the hottest temperature permitted
Possible Health Concerns
- Some people do not react at all to the bites, while others may have small skin reactions
- In rare cases, some people may have severe allergic reactions
- To avoid infection, try not to scratch the bites and keep the bite sites clean
- Bedbugs come out mainly at night to feed. They are attracted by the carbon dioxide we exhale. They will feed on both people and pets
- Bedbugs prefer spots where they can hide easily and feed regularly, like sleeping areas
- Newly hatched bedbugs feed as soon as food is available. Bedbugs can live from several weeks to up to a year and a half without feeding. Older bedbugs can go even longer without feeding
- Adults usually live for around 10 months, but can live for a year or more in a location where the environment is ideal for reproduction (with temperatures ranging between 21°C and 28°C)