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Temprid SC, DIY or pest control professional?

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  1. bb_trouble

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    Posted 10 months ago
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    So my family and I have been dealing with a bed bug infestation in multiple rooms for couple months now. I've tried using sprays like Harris Bed Bug Killer and EcoRaider. I also encased 2 sets of matresses and boxsprings with bed bug covers and use climb ups on the posts of the beds and crib. I've killed 4-5 of them by sight in these past months but haven't found any fecal stains anywhere. The DIY treatments did seem to reduce the bites, but we went on vacation for 3 weeks and came back last Friday and the bites resumed immediately after the first night back. It's really taking a toll on my family and I'm stressed out and mentally exhausted so say the least.

    I've since contacted a pest control professional and started to do the prep work instructed by him before the treatment that's scheduled for 6/17 (washing/drying/bagging clothes, cleaning out drawers/closets, boxing up everything). This prep work is also stressing out my family as we've all got jetlag and my wife and I have to tend to a 4yr old and a 1yr old. I've since learned that he's going to be spraying Temprid in the whole house (~1900 sqft) with a 60-day warranty.

    I did some research on Temprid SC and found out that I can buy it on my own. My question is, should I DIY and save money? What's the difference between a professional spraying it and myself? I also read that the prep work is not really required for treatment? Is this true?

    I just really need some advice as I'm losing my sanity over this whole ordeal.

    Please help!

  2. mp7ski

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    Posted 10 months ago
    Wed Jun 7 2017 18:53:06
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    Spraying takes the proper knowledge and equipment. You can't just put the stuff in a spray bottle and spray everywhere. You need the proper safety equipment, a decent pump sprayer, and the knowledge of where and how to apply the product. It's not as easy as you'd think.

    However, I have seen it with my own two eyes that a lot of these pcos aren't bed bug specialists and even though they are trained, don't do a thorough enough job or don't care enough to do what needs to be done to get rid of the problem. I'm not saying that you shouldn't use a professional, cause you should. I'm just saying that you need to make sure the professional you are using is going to do the job right. You also need to make sure you do your part of the deal with the prep.

    A good pco should be spraying at least twice 2 weeks apart and ideally alternating products, not just using temprid each time. This helps with bed bugs that become resistant to one certain product. Also, a desiccant dust such as cimexa should be used as well in one form or another and a even better pco would use steam before spraying.

    I am not an expert, any advice I give should be considered as amateur advice and not taken as fact. I mean well with all my posts and try to give back. If you plan on using any of my advice, I suggest doing research into said advice to make sure it is in your best interest.
    Study on Thermal Death Points(pages 18-29 of pdf) : http://www.propanecouncil.org/uploadedFiles/Council/Research_and_Development/REP_12221%20Efficacy%20of%20Heat%20on%20Bed%20Bugs.pdf
    Study on Cimexa: http://www.pctonline.com/article/pct0814-silica-gel-research-bed-bugs/
  3. Proudmommyto3rottenboys

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    Posted 10 months ago
    Wed Jun 7 2017 20:57:43
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    I'm not a expert but did have a friend that bought it themselves and they did get rid of the bed bugs...But they also used Cimexa everywhere too.The stuff needs to be sprayed everywhere...In all cracks,in drawers,around beds,dressers and so on...

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    I can buy the same tools and parts my mechanic has to fix my engine. Not sure it'll go well though. Its not what you use but how you use it. Misapplication can put your family in danger. Not having much knowledge can actually make this problem worse so i may be partial but call in a pro. This isn't a DIY Kitchen faucet, its a little more involved.

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    Posted 10 months ago
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    NY Bug Man - 1 hour ago  » 
    I can buy the same tools and parts my mechanic has to fix my engine. Not sure it'll go well though. Its not what you use but how you use it. Misapplication can put your family in danger. Not having much knowledge can actually make this problem worse so i may be partial but call in a pro. This isn't a DIY Kitchen faucet, its a little more involved.

    While I obviously agree with your main point, I also want to point out that just because a pco is certified does not mean they will do the job right. I did my share of research into products and such so I drilled pcos when I had them come and inspect, I was shocked at how little these "experts" knew and I found I knew more about treating for bed bugs then they did.

    I'm pointing this out because it's becoming more common that not everyone has access to these bed bug specialist pcos and are forced to attack the problem themselves. So while I agree bringing in a professional is the right thing to do... you need to make sure they know what they are doing and will do the job right. Otherwise, if you have to attack the issue yourself, it is possible to do so after educating yourself and getting advice from actual professionals who know what they are doing. There are people out there who have successfully rid themselves of bed bugs.

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    Posted 10 months ago
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    My PCO told me that he would revisit after 7-10 days only if there are more bites/bugs. Should I look for another PCO that would guarantee multiple visits and/or use multiple products?

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    bb_trouble - 9 hours ago  » 
    My PCO told me that he would revisit after 7-10 days only if there are more bites/bugs. Should I look for another PCO that would guarantee multiple visits and/or use multiple products?

    I would... multiple visits are needed as with most products out there, the eggs aren't killed so they must return in 10-14 days to kill whatever has hatched even with residuals applied. It's just common knowledge that bed bugs need multiple visits in most situations. There are some pcos who can do some jobs in one visit but they do a lot more than the spray and pray method and spend most their day treating using steam, a lineup of chemicals, desiccant dusts, etc.

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    Some good points have been made here regarding DIY. On one hand, a pro has the experience. On the other hand, we have seen here that many pros are baseboard jockeys or not that much better.

    I think it really comes down to what pro you hire and/or how much homework you are willing to put forth to DIY.

    To your question regarding prep, there is a low prep/no prep approach many pros use for low to moderate infestations, but again it involves doing your homework.

    Don't know what part of the country you live in but you might want to contact Jeff White or someone else at Bed Bug Central. Jeff both uses and teaches a no prep approach to other pros. So if he doesn't service your area, maybe he can recommend a no prep PCO who is in your area.

    Richard

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    Posted 10 months ago
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    Thanks for the replies. I believe my infestation is not severe, given that we're only being bitten every couple nights with 1-3 bites each time. Maybe my prior efforts managed to kill off the adults? They have to feed every night, correct? Anyway, I have a bottle of Cimexa on the way. Can it be used exclusively to clear low to moderate infestations, or do all treatment plans involve multiple products?


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