Success rate of Chemical Treatment?(5 posts)
I have been told many times that heat treatment is the most effective way to completely eradicate BB....but its fucking expensive, aaaand we just can not afford it, so we are going with chemical. We have an appointment for chemical treatment coming up Tuesday. They do it 3 times-the first time they coat every piece of furniture in your house, then there are 2 follow ups one week after the next. The PCO explained it pretty well and it seems like it would work. She said that the chemicals they use is not a repellent-which would just drive them into the walls. It leaves a residue which they walk in and later eat it off themselves. Though I was alarmed when another PCO said they dont really have mouths to eat the poison off themselves. The PCO that we are going with also discouraged the use of DE, saying "well if it tears bugs apart, think about what it can do inside your lungs or your pets lungs?" Which is a really good point I think. She said they DO put DE inside outlets, where it can not be disturbed and put in the air.
My family has been extensively preparing for this treatment, putting everything in the dryer and then bagging it up. I tore ALL of the posters off my walls, there was a lot as I am a rocker chick-basically wallpaper of posters....I've thrown a lot of shit away and can probably toss more. My room does not even feel like my room anymore.
I just want to know if it is possible to be successful with chemical treatment. Any tips or additional things we can do that will add to our outcome??? I've been looking in the success stories section but its hard to tell if people got chemical or heat treatment.
*I would also like to add that our infestation does not seem that bad or advanced.
Yes, chemical treatments can be 100% effective provided the work is done comprehensively.
I'm sorry you are in this situation and had to throw out some of your possessions. While clutter and "junk" may be one thing, as professionals one of our tasks is to try to preserve the assets of our customers.
From what you've posted it sounds as if you are comfortable with the pmp you've chosen to do the work so, you're off to a good start.
Best of luck for success ! paul b.
Thanks yeah, I also think that people who didnt have success with the chemicals probably werent as proactive. Also I do not live in an apartment complex. I mean I'm OK with throwing stuff away, its actually been much needed. I have an excess amount of clothes, and I tossed like 5 bags before we even confirmed our problem. Still have lots of clothes. I have not thrown away anything that's really valuable to me, I have had a TON of things that I just don't need. Years of things that built up, it was kinda shocking how much crap there was. My room is probably the cleanest it has ever been right now, i found things from my childhood in my cleaning escapades. So its been a positive purging. I saved all of my good posters, inspected and boxed them. I'm 21 and still living at home, with my sights set on moving out within the next year or so- its been a good prep. That is the one positive thing I can take from the whole situation, it drove me to clean room in which I was suffocating in stuff. So it will be nice when this is over, I can start putting my room back and actually utilize space+storage. I also know to be super careful when it does come to moving. I've had only one serious 'meltdown' right before we sought professional help. At this point i'm being optimistic and trying to take whatever positivity out of this situation. As much as it sucks to be feasted upon in my slumber, it might have been the push i needed.
It depends who is doing the job as to how sucsessfull it is. If they have stated they are going to coat every item of furniture I would not hold out much hope.
The chemical needs applying to the areas the bugs rest. Spraying gallons of chemical up the walls is not the answer.
Typically I use around a litre per room for a chem treatment. And have a single treatment sucsess rate of over 90%
Exactly bbman !
For the most part, where and how the treatment is done is much more important than what is being used.
It is critical to the success of the control program to inspect and treat all the harborage areas and hidden travel path areas.
Which underscores why you're having such great success whilst applying a limited amount of product !
Shhh ! This is one of the key secrets to bed bug work success, don't tell anyone else !
Have a great day ! paul b.
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