Are you suffering from a bed bug infestation and need a treatment that’s both safe and effective? Well, there are quite a few different treatments available that have pros and cons. In the end, the most important aspect is finding the most reliable and eco-friendly solution for you and your family. Bed bugs are a serious issue and can spread quickly, so it’s best to act as soon as possible if an infestation is discovered.
Heat treatment is the process when a company uses electrical heaters to increase the temperature of your home in order to exterminate your bed bug infestation. During this, temperatures usually rise to be between 120-140 degrees Fahrenheit.
Not only is heat treatment incredibly safe, but also a very effective and through bed bug treatment. The only downside to using heat treatment is that it usually takes around 8-12 hours, which is the longest of all the methods available. However, it doesn’t use any chemicals, and the only objects that need to be removed from your house are items that are susceptible to heat.
Chemical treatment is when the company you hire sprays the inside of your house with chemicals and pesticides. This option is a very effective bed bug treatment, and very quick, compared to heat treatment.
In order for these chemicals to kill bed bugs, they must first make direct contact with the insects. If a bed bug is not sprayed directly, then it will most likely continue to live on. There is also the issue where bed bugs may adapt to certain chemicals and become immune to them.
Chemicals Are Not Eco-Friendly
Many people don’t like to use chemical treatments for the sole reason that they are not friendly to the environment. Fumes are common for chemical treatments and can cause even the healthiest person to come down with a terrible headache. Even worse, for those who struggle with asthma or other breathing problems, these fumes can become quite dangerous if inhaled.
It’s highly advised that if you decide to use a chemical treatment that you keep all children and animals far away until the process is entirely done. However, after the treatment is over, you still must wait until it’s safe to go back into your house.
Although hydrogen peroxide can technically kill bed bugs, it’s highly advised that you do not use this method. It’s not very effective at all, and just like all other chemicals, needs to be applied directly to the bed bug to kill it. If you are not careful, you’ll also risk accidentally bleaching your carpet, clothing, or bed sheets. Even worse, there’s the chance you may ingest or breathe in hydrogen peroxide, which can be detrimental to your health. If this method is on your mind, then it’s best to shelf the idea and hire professional help instead.
Aprehend is a rising store-bought biopesticide that uses a natural fungus to kill bed bugs. Although it works, like all other store-bought sprays, it’s only useful against small amounts of bed bugs at a time. If you plan on using it against a full-scale infestation, then you likely won’t get very far at all. However, unlike other sprays, it does not have any sort of toxic fumes. It also takes around 3-5 days to kill the insect affected by it. So, if you wanted to use it against a small outbreak, then it should be fine.
The Best Option?
Heat treatment is continually considered the safest and most effective option available for getting rid of bed bugs. Although chemical treatments and sprays can be fast-acting, there are just far too many flaws that make them the less effective, less safe treatments. Plus, store-bought sprays are only designed for small amounts of bed bugs, and won’t kill an infestation.
Are You in Need of Bed Bug Treatment?
If you think you have an infestation of bed bugs and need help as soon as possible, then contact Bed Bug BBQ. We use heat treatment to eradicate bed bugs and we offer entire home sanitation treatments and bed bug heater rentals. Contact Bed Bug BBQ today for a FREE quote at (216) 221-1227.