Mark Sheperdigian writes, in a new article for Pest Management Professional, about the difficulties of — and possibilities for — eliminating bed bugs from deep crevices and wall voids.
Eliminating bed bugs holed up in the deep harborage of structural crevices, and voids is problematic, which is a fancy way of saying they are just plain hard to get. Even the most powerful vacuum cannot reliably rip them from their strongholds, and they are blissfully out of the line of fire for most sprayables.
But we have more tools in the shed. Steam has proven to be very effective, but only has an effective range of a centimeter or two and it does not seem to take too many layers of insulation to protect bed bugs from the lethal effects of the steam. The use of cold, as we discussed last issue, has even more challenges in its ability to eliminate bed bugs. In the absence of the perfect and universal solution, the pest management professional (PMP) is left to consider the possible methods available for use and choose the most appropriate for each situation.
The rest of the article does just that.
Bedbugger does not recommend self-treating for bed bugs, for a variety of reasons. However, it does help to know as much as you can about bed bugs as you undergo treatment with a professional.
Although PMP is a trade journal, I find Sheperdigian’s articles readable and enlightening, and I think you will too. You can read the full article here.