Billy and the Bed Bugs (episode I watched yesterday)(6 posts)
I watched an episode of Billy the Exterminator because it said he tackled a BB infestation.
That was exaggerated. I was disappointed (but not surprised) there was not more accurate, realistic information given/shown. I don't know how old the episode was, just that I hadn't seen it.
They showed the evidence and what the bugs really look like. They talked about heat and suffocating them. They also talked about how quickly they breed, etc.
The funny: Of all the gross critters and situations they tackle, both Billy and his brother were totally freaked out by the bed bugs. He said he'd rather tackle a gator than deal with them. They really were beside themselves.
They had a "regular" PCO they were allegedly "helping out" in Florida. The poor homeowner had a 6 month long infestation he said he had basically trying to self treat with OTC products. It was really bad and out of control. I felt so sorry for him.
Billy built a sort of makeshift super large oven (so I don't know how effective it would've been) and put a great deal of the homeowner's stuff in there to cook. They did monitor the heat for several hours. They steamed everything they could with what looked like a dry steamer (good). They put the mattresses (without appearing to treat them in anyway - yuck) into encasements. The PCO was left to do all followup every two weeks until the infestation would hopefully be eventually cured. I hope he did because that was it. That was all they showed.
You could tell exactly where the largest harborage appeared to be. I would've thought that at very least some DE should've been applied there and then caulked/sealed over that area. It was where there were holes around some old pipes in the bedroom. There was no talk of laundering procedures, vaccuming or other IPM for this homeowner to follow.
I have heard about this program but so far have not sought to watch it on the grounds that I have heard it will most likley result in me throwing the remote through the TV screen.
Bad advice and education does more harm that good and could certainly not classify what I have heard about this caricature of an individual as a professional, they are certainly not in what I perceive to be the small band of professionals.
Bed Bugs Limited
It's entertainment. NOT education.
It was on last year ... and it was painful to watch.
I just remembered about a UK program that was similar in some respects. When it came to the bedbugs case the pestie repeatedly said:
Bedbugs, I F'ing hate them, I F'ing hate them bedbugs
After the 3rd or fourth time I heard him say it I stopped to ask myself if you hate it why do you do it?
The series only aired the once because of so many complaints from professionals points out the mistakes.
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