This article for bed bug pros from Pest Management Professional gives you some idea of what pros might consider the bed bug treatment best practices.
Author Paul Bello interviewed PCOs in various cities about their current bed bug treatment tactics, including Austin Frishman of AMF Pest Management Services in Boca Raton, Fla., who did many bed bug jobs forty or so years ago, and said of those times, “When I was a technician, we used cyanide egg gas pellets.” Do not try this at home, please.
“Bed bugs are not a simple problem to get rid of,” stresses Frishman. “They require knowledge and a willingness to work hard. As an industry, we are needed more now than ever.”
Ain’t that the truth.
The article offers these recommendations to professionals dealing with Sneaky Simes:
Bed Bug Management: Steps to Success
* Properly train your service technicians.
* Provide customers with written pre-treatment preparation instructions.
* Provide customers with a clearly written description of the scope of your services and reasonable expectations.
* Ensure your service agreement states what you intended.
* Provide your customers with viable prevention recommendations.
* Be thorough.
* Use all viable control means available.
* Use non-traditional control techniques, combined with insecticide treatments.
* Use suitable vacuums.
* Use suitable steamers.
* Use the best-available products at the appropriate label rates.
* Use mattress encasements.
* Follow up in a timely and adequate fashion.
* Consider getting additional help for problem bed bug accounts.
Part 2 is said to be “coming in April” but doesn’t seem to be available online yet.
Thanks to hopelessnomo for the tip!