bed bug treatment(4 posts)
I will make it simple on a very hard topic..
my To do list and not to do.
1) do vacuum before treatment, any good pest control company will vacuum as many adult bed bugs and eggs as they can find before starting a treatment.
2) do choose a company that uses an a IPM approach as part of the service they provide you,
and ask them to explain what IPM is
3) do use a chemical approach along with IPM. The right choice of a residual chemical is important. Without the use of a residual chemical treatment, nothing will die that is missed during the initial treatment.
1) do not hire a company that tries to sell you a heat or freeze treatment solely.
It will not work alone, without a chemical treatment to compliment the initial heat or freeze treatment, what will kill the bugs they missed?
2) do not use a heat or freeze treatment if you live in an apartment complex and you have neighbors they may have bed bugs. If you know your neighbor has a problem, dont waste your money on treatment. You need to work something out with your neighbor so you both get treatment around the same time, or you will continue to have problems.
I own a pest control company, but I'm always willing to give free advice.
If anybody has questions please feel free to contact me.
While I (not an expert) think your advice is sound, I'm concerned about the context of your recommendations. Too many people "go into action" (such as vacuuming, laundry, bagging, disposal) ill-prepared and exacerbate the problem, destroy evidence or do unnecessary work (sometimes without having bed bugs at all). A few days ago, someone posted pictures in a panic, which we determined were not bed bugs, except that he had already thrown out his box-spring.
Would it be fair to say that these are good practices for treatment, once inspection has confirmed bed bugs?
Hope this answers your questions.
When I said vacuuming before treatment, I said the pest control professional should do that before the start of his treatment. I dont see a a problem with the customer vacuuming, its
always a good idea to vacuum up adults or eggs you may find.
I do suggest a hepa vacuum, and always throw the bag away outside and never disp
ose of it inside.
For the other part of your question.
Any pest control professional with experience will no where to look for problems, vacuuming up evidence is not a problem for a trained professional.
the service tech should always ask the customer questions before they start the job, such as where are you seeing live bed bugs?when did you see them? When did you last vacuum?
Then after questioning, the inspection should take place, before starting any job.
spelling error..I put no instead of know in my reply. wow...
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