How Bed Bug Fumigation Works
When Treatments Don’t Work
If the goal is to eliminate bed bugs, the job has to be done correctly. Bed bugs are so small that they can live in a crack the width of a credit card, increasing the control challenge.
Pesticides often are an important part of a control strategy but they must be used properly for the treatment to work. There can be many reasons for failure of a pesticide treatment to completely control the bed bugs, including:
- Not finding all the bed bugs.
- Inadequately preparing area (failure to remove clutter, seal cracks and crevices, etc.).
- Overlooking treatment of any of the known resting areas (bed bugs may rest or hide in hampers, bed frames, even furniture).
- Failing to treat nearby areas where bed bugs may have migrated (adjacent rooms or other apartments in multi-dwelling housing).
- Disregarding recommended label rates (applying pesticides at too low a rate may not kill bugs and may speed up development of resistance to that chemical).
- Not following up on treatment in an appropriate timeframe (many pesticides will not kill eggs, so treatment must be repeated after the eggs hatch, or the infestation will not be controlled).
- Not allowing enough time for a pesticide to work (some pesticides, such as drying agents or growth regulators, may be effective but take some time to kill the population).
- Bed bugs becoming resistant to a specific type of pesticide.
- As insects, such as bed bugs, are exposed to a pesticide over time, the most susceptible ones are killed first, leaving only the less susceptible ones to breed. This can result in a rapid decline in relative effectiveness of the pesticide.
Pesticide Resistance as a Cause of Treatment Failure
While there is evidence of resistance in some populations to certain types of pesticides, pesticide resistance can only be verified in laboratory tests. Researchers are currently trying to determine the scope of the resistance problem, which will vary from community to community. This research will support the development and use of effective control strategies.
Because of the potential for resistance, homeowners and others trying to control bed bug infestations must always use pesticides appropriately and according to the label. It is also important to:
- be vigilant in surveillance, identification, and monitoring efforts;
- hire trained, experienced, and reputable pest management professionals; and
- use a comprehensive approach.
For example, you may wish to:
- choose different types of pesticides from the list of currently labeled ones for sequential treatments; or
- use pesticides for which insect resistance has not yet been reported, such as diatomaceous earth, in combination with other control techniques.
Remember, as illustrated in the list above, resistance is only one of many possible causes of a treatment failure. All possibilities must be explored in any situation.
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Bed Bug Fumigation: How It Works, How Much It Costs & How to Prepare
Bed Bug Fumigation Specialists (BBFS)is the industry leading Fumigation Treatment Service specializing in bed bugs, termites, clothes moths, powder post beetles and other pest infestations.
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At BrickUnderground, we love working with sponsors we would recommend to our own friends and family. And we are bed bug geeks. So we are extremely psyched that the guys at Bed Bug Fumigation Specialists are joining our growing family of sponsors.
After many hours talking bed bugs with these folks these past few weeks, we can confidently tell you that they not only know what they’re doing (founder Gary Geiger alone has more than 50,000 fumigations under his belt), they also have the kind of vision, integrity and entrepreneurial zeal that is urgently needed to solve the local and national bed bug problem.
Visionary case in point: At BrickUnderground’s BedbuggedNYC Meetup on Sept. 15 th , BBFS will announce a third-generation of its Fume Cube that we predict could become the next must-have apartment-building amenity, a no-brainer as essential as high-speed Internet access.
Today, however, we’re kicking off BBFS’ sponsorship of our bed bug content with a bit of demystification. Forget everything you ever thought you knew about fumigation. Here’s the deal, straight from the folks at BBFS.
1.What exactly is fumigation?
Let’s start with what it’s not: It isnotpoison. Fumigation occurs when an inorganic gas called sulfuryl fluoride (originally marketed under the name Vikane® by Dow AgroSciences) is pumped into an enclosed, sealed space stuffed with your household items. In a controlled environment, the gas replaces the oxygen, causing bed bugs and their eggs to suffocate and die. Used by qualified professionals,Vikane® gas fumigant can eliminate bed bugs–from just a few pieces of furniture, bedding or other household goods, to an entire home or building with its contents in place.
Depending on size of the structure, container or vehicle being fumigated, the treatment times can range from several hours (generally from 18 – 48 hours total treatment time). Once released, the Vikane quickly breaks down to its two naturally-occurring ingredients and floats harmlessly away.
- Vikane® gas fumigant is scientifically proven to be 100% effective against all stages of bed bug life, including the hard-to-control egg stage, in a single application.
- There is no resistance of bed bugs to Vikane®, unlike the resistance they now have to many commonly applied pesticides.
- Vikane® gas fumigant penetrates into cracks and crevices, into furniture and any other hiding places — yes, even into sensitive electronics — to eliminate the pests.
- Vikane completely dissipates to leaveno surface residue, odor or filmbehind.
- Clutter is not a concern with a treatment of Vikane®.
- It issafe for all household itemsincluding clothes, fine artwork, upholstery and drapes, toys and other children’s belongings, dishes, and utensils. There is no need to wash/clean any of these items after exposure to Vikane® (Many of these items can be damaged if treated with other techniques like heat or freezing, and pest management professionals are not allowed to spray beds, chairs or children’s toys.)
- Vikane® doesNOTdamage electronics, antiques or sensitive fabrics.
- If you’re moving from an infested apartment or building, or you are worried about picking up bugs in transit, get your packedmoving/rental truck fumigatedovernight with Vikane®.
- Depending on how many clothes you own, fumigating can becheaper than dry-cleaningeach item at $4-$8 each.
3.Is fumigation safe?
Yes. It leaves no residue and when released post-treatment, breaks down to two naturally occurring elements that aren’t harmful to the ozone layer, the immediate environment, animals, or people. It’s as “green” as it gets. And because it leaves no residue, you don’t even have to wash the toys or your kids’ clothes before using them.
4. Can I do it myself?
No. Only licensed and trained pest control professionals can purchase and use Vikane ® gas fumigant. But you don’t have to hire professionals to pack your stuff or load it into a sealed truck or other container: BBFS recently launched a“D.I.Y.” rental truck fumigation programthat costs about 50-60% less than hiring packers and movers.
If you’re D.I.Y.-ing, make sure you follow the instructions for packing, securing and sealing your stuff (and for hauling it out of the building without spreading the problem to your neighbors). Generally speaking, glass, metal and plastic containers need to be unsealed so the gas can penetrate; cardboard moving boxes sealed with tape work just fine.
5. How much does it cost? How long does it take?
Typically done overnight, fumigation using Vikane ® takes several hours depending on the amount of stuff and size of the container holding all of your belongings. Check your moving truck into one of BBFS’s fumigation locations before 4 pm and it will be returned around 9 am the next day.
Cost of fumigation depends on the size of the overall container (e.g., moving truck). BBFS’ rates are below; they do not include your cost to rent a moving truck or to pack up.
- 10-foot moving truck (big enough for contents of average studio apartment) $499
- 14-foot truck (one- to two-bedroom apartment) $599
- 17-foot truck (1,000-1,200-square foot apartment) $699
- 20-foot truck (up to 3-bedroom single family home) $1,200
- 26-foot truck (single family four-bedroom home, or two 2-bedroom apartments) $1,500
Because you’re already paying for packing and moving costs, fumigating between moves is the most economical. But you can also save money—both on fumigation and on the expense of dealing with re-infestation–by joining forces with your neighbors (remember,bed bugs travel between apartments) and renting a large truck together.
6. Will fumigation get rid of all the bed bugs in my apartment?
Only if you fumigate the entire building at once (see #6 below), which is tough in NYC. Much more commonly, the contents of an apartment are removed and fumigated elsewhere in a sealed space like a moving truck orThe Fume Cube, eliminating 50-75% of your bed bugs.
While your personal possessions are out of your apartment, your pest control operator (PCO) gets busy eradicating the remaining bed bug population in-unit.
BBFS recommends using a combination of heat treatment, pesticides/DE, and caulk-n-seal to create a sterile, bed bug free environment for your fumigated belongings.
Here’s the procedure BBFS recommends that PCOs use to kill the bed bugs left behind:
- Start with dry vapor steam on carpets, baseboards, walls, under built-in furniture etc.
- Apply a residual pesticide, which lasts up to a few months, as well as diatomaceous earth dust (DE).
- Baseboards can be treated by drilling holes into them and blowing the DE dust into crawl spaces, or the baseboards might even be peeled off and replaced.
- The final step is to use caulk to seal all electrical outlets, water and electric piping coming through the walls, and holes made in baseboard trim, so that in the end, the only access bed bugs have to your apartment is through your front door via you or your belongings.
7. Can my entire building be fumigated at once?
Yes. In New York City, buildings up to 10 stories tall can be wrapped in a high-density tarp and fumigated. But besides height, there are a few preconditions. Buildings can’t be connected to an adjoining one in any way (eg a shared common wall) because the gas may permeate the walls, and there can’t be any exposure to underground tunnels beneath.
BBFS has fumigated several NYC brownstones at costs ranging between $5,000-$50,000 depending on the circumstances, from the size of the building to the difficulty of securing it.
8. What if mybuildingdoesn’t qualify for structural fumigation? Is there another option beside moving all my stuff out in a truck?
Another option to consider if structural fumigation is not available is BBFS’sFume Cube. Recognizing a growing need for an effective, affordable and portable fumigation solution for multi-unit urban environments, BBFS founder Gary Geiger invented the Fume Cube.
The Fume Cube is a modular, insulated, sealed and temperature-controlled container wherein a BBFS technician administers a lethal dose of Vikane gas (Sulfuryl Fluoride) killing all bed bugs and their eggs within the Fume Cube without damage to personal property.
The Fume Cube can be erected outside of your building (such as on the roof or in an adjoining alley or courtyard) A state-licensed BBFS fumigator applies the Vikane ® gas fumigant each time the Fume Cube is filled with bed bug infested belongings –about $750-1000 for the average cube, depending on the total expected number of treatments at that Fume Cube location. By eliminating the need for a moving truck, The Fume Cube provides a convenient and cheaper onsite way to fumigate personal belongings.
Some buildings opt to keep the Fume Cube even after the infestation is under control. They require that all new residents’ belongings must be fumigated along with any furniture deliveries. BBFS calls this “Source Elimination” or a “Bed Bug Checkpoint”, and it is part of their larger Integrated Bed Bug Management Plan (IBBMP).
9.What if I just want to fumigate something small, like a piece of thrift shop furniture or my luggage when I come back from a trip?
Right now there are no convenient drop-off or pickup solutions that make sense for one-off items. BBFS is currently developing a solution that will address the need to treat individual items, like those too big for the Packtite, a portable household heat-treatment chamber.
10.What is a fumigation certificate/log?
Once BBFS successfully completes a fumigation using Vikane, they will provide a Certificate of Fumigation and a Fume Log to you and anyone else you request detailing the specifics of the fumigation, such as the date/time(s) of fumigation, type of fumigation (structural, container, vehicle), type/amount of fumigant used, measurement control records/times, etc.
In a situation where you are fleeing an infested apartment, a certificate confirming that you fumigated your belongings before entering your new place could eliminate finger pointing if bed bugs turn up in your new building. (Remember, although landlords and owners are responsible for exterminating, the person who brings bed bugs into a building can be forced to pay for it.)
A fumigation certificate can help provide property owners, managers and landlords with peace of mind that their new tenants are making all possible efforts to avoid transporting bed bugs into their new digs.
Bed Bug Fumigation Specialists ( BBFS )is the industry leading Fumigation Treatment Service specializing in bed bugs, termites, clothes moths, powder post beetles and other pest infestations. With over 40 years of collective fumigation experience, BBFS is the company with the record you can count on. Our professionals have safely completed more than 50,000 fumigations in our history, including over 2,500 successful bed bug eradications in NYC alone. BBFS is also a recipient of DOW AgroSciencesCommitment to Excellence (CTE)award for safely administering Vikane for thousands of customers.
Bed bug bomb. What is it and how to use it?
Trying to get rid of bed bugs using a bed bug bomb? So it turns out that the bed bug bomb is the easiest to use and most convenient insecticide that kills the irritating apple seed-sized parasitic insects that hide in the homes. LetвЂ™s find out how to get rid of these bed bugs using a bed bug bomb.
Can I use a bed bug bomb for bed bugs?
What to do if you have bed bugs at your home? Bed bugs hide in the deepest, warmest and inaccessible crevices of the home. This means getting rid of bed bugs is difficult but bed bug bomb works.
How many times have you tried to use bed bug bomb? Effective control requires direct application of the bed bug bomb in all places where bed bugs hide вЂ“ under and inside the seams of mattresses, along with the baseboards, electrical outlets, on bed frames and picture frames, under all furniture, in books, and clocks. Bed bugs find hiding places in clutter, not dirt; thus they can be found anywhere from five-star hotels, in planes, trains and automobiles, and most public places like libraries, schools, and even retail stores.
What is bed bugs fogger?
Bed bug bomb is also known as bed bugs fogger is an insecticide that contains pyrethrin and pyrethroid, organic compounds that constitute the majority of household insecticides.
Bed bugs fogger is released into the air in the home, and the contents are suspended into the air, and they will gradually fall settling on the floor and surfaces of the room, getting in contact with the bed bugs and killing them.
Bed bug bomb preparation
Bed bug bomb is can packages that should be placed in an appropriate location, preferably in the center of the room for activation. When activated the entire contents are realized into the airspace.
Released foggers must get in contact the bed bugs to kill them. It has become hard to get rid of bed bugs using foggers because once the bomb is released they scatter before contact.В At the same time, little pyrethrin droplets actually penetrate into cracks and voids in the room where bed bugs hide.
How to use a bed bug bomb?
Bed bug bomb aka fogger
It is wise to open all places where the bed bugs may live in, like drawers, cabinets, and closets before activating bed bug bombs. Adult bed bugs can live up to 18 months without feeding on blood. Hiding deeper and longer delays the effectiveness of the bed bug bombs and making it hard to totally get rid of them. It is better to spray, bait or dust the foggers instead. Place insecticide directly where the bed bugs are likely to be hiding.
Foggers can cause explosions and house fires; the cans can explode. Using many foggers at a time is not better and can cause explosions too. Lights and unplugged appliances must be switched off before activating foggers to reduce a risk of explosions.
Bed bugs have also become resistant to the other chemicals in bed bug bombs. When bed bug bombs are activated, and they don’t work, individuals use them again, increasing the pesticide resistance. This exposure to the pesticide can cause sickness.
Bed bug bomb smell
Bed bugs also excrete blood-filled fecal material which shows as rusty colored blood spots. They may cause a musty odor in the home. This smell is like a sickeningly вЂsweet smell of almondsвЂ™; like woody or вЂњthe smell of rotten raspberriesвЂќ.
On the other hand, the pyrethrins and the other agents in the bed bug bomb are of low acute toxicity in humans but can be irritants or sensitizers for some people. Bed bug bomb smell can cause anaphylactic reactions involved the respiratory system. Burning or itching of the skin and eyes, tingling and numbness, dizziness, salivation, headache, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, seizure, irritability to sound and touch, and other central nervous system effects have also been associated with bed bug bomb smell in some settings.
Bed bug bomb and clothing
Bed bugs feed on blood from humans and other warm-blooded animals. They don’t live on humans, but they ride on clothing, handbags and suitcases, and upholstered furniture.
When using bed bug spray for clothes be sure to wash clothes to remove the smell and avoid any reactions. If clothes are contaminated with the bed bug bomb, the chemicals can be transferred to your skin and cause sickness. Pesticides must not be placed in the closet or near clothes. If some of the residue does come in contact with clothing, or they retain any odor from the insecticide, they should be washed thoroughly before wearing. Dry cleaning and washing in hot water for 30 minutes or tumble drying for 30 minutes on high heat kills bed bugs. The clothes must be put in the dryer on the hottest temperature the fabric can withstand.
Bed bugs do not like heat, so they will not stay on the clothes for long, avoiding close contact with the body heat. Cleaning, drying and pressing clothes will kill bed bugs. Infested clothes need to be selected into a plastic bag, and the bags must be thrown away after use. All the bags that contain the infested clothes must be tied before washing them. This will prevent the bed bugs from moving into other areas of the home. Laundry facilities need to be informed that the clothes have bed bugs.
Bed bug bomb for cars
Excess clutter makes it easy for the bed bugs to go undetected. So, it should be thoroughly removed from cars, but there is some ways to treat bed bugs out of the car.
Maintaining a clean car, washing seat covers and floor mats reduces the risk of breeding bed bugs. Steaming the interior of the car, under 200 degrees of high pressure, is one safest and fastest way to get rid of bed bugs.Every crack and crevice must be thoroughly vacuumed.В Clothes must not be stored in the car, to preventing any possible infestation from occurring.
Bed bug fumigation bomb
Fumigating the car, filling the car with gaseous pesticides – fumigants to suffocate or poison the pests within, is one effective way to treat bed bugs. When doing the bed bug fumigation bomb place infested belongings such as the bedding and the clothes into the fumigated car is also a solution.
Other car items can also be exposed to direct sunlight on a 95-degree day is also enough to kill bed bugs.
Smoke bombs kill bed bugs
Smoke bombs kill bed bugs and all flying and crawling insects such as fleas, house flies, cluster flies, fruit flies, mosquitoes, wasps, moths, ants cockroaches. Smoke bombs provide a larger amount of active ingredient to cover a larger area and to kill bed bugs. Smoke bombs are ideal for use in areas where the spraying of water or solvent based insecticides is not possible or desirable.
They can reach and target areas not accessible to humans such as microscopic cracks and crevices in walls, behind pictures and within books. When using smoke bombs, it is essential to place them on at least a meter square piece of tin foil. Smoke bombs do not have a lingering smell, and while the smoke should not be breathed it is not pungent nor does it leave any residual smell or deposit once the treatment is complete.
Natural bed bug bomb
Bed bugs require blood meals to survive and complete their reproductive cycles. They cannot last for more than three months without feeding.В Vacating premises infested by bed bugs can starve and kill them.
The important method is rubbing alcohol, ethanol or Isopropyl alcohol for bed bug treatment. Many sprays containing alcohol are available commercially to help get rid of bed bugs for good. The question is does alcohol really kill bed bugs. Rubbing alcohol, 70% Isopropyl alcohol as well as 91% alcohol based sprays can be used effectively to get rid of large bed bug infestations. 91% rubbing alcohol sprays will help get rid of bed bugs faster than the 70% isopropyl alcohol sprays would?
As far as the safety of rubbing alcohol is concerned, one has to take into account the flammability of these sprays. Alcohol is highly flammable and highly abrasive on certain surfaces and fabrics. So you must ensure avoiding its use on them.
Homemade bed bug bomb
Mattresses can be prevented from bed bug infestation by using the bed bug mattress covers or encasements. These are impenetrable to bed bugs outside the mattress. If the bed bugs get trapped in the mattress, they will not be able to escape and will eventually die.
Bed bugs cannot stand the extreme cold. Freezing the home for at least a month can destroy their eggs and can kill them too.
Raid bed bug bomb
Raid bed bug bomb kills bed bugs and their eggs.В Raid sprays two ways with a targeted application for hardвЂ“to-reach areas and wide coverage for larger surfaces. It is non-staining on water-safe fabrics and surfaces.
Best bug bomb for bed bugs
Bed bugs can be detected. Bed bugs stay closest to their food source meaning they are more likely to be found in those places of sitting and sleeping. These should be areas to target when using bed bug bombs.
Understanding their lifestyle can help eliminate them too. A bed bug lays at least 200 eggs in her lifetime. They hatch in 6 to 10 days and can live up to 10 months. This means that three or more generations of bed bugs are born each year. Eggs will not be killed by alcohol-based sprays, so repeat treatments are usually needed.
Where to get bed bug bomb
It is estimated that 70 percent of bed bugs live in the mattress, box spring and bed frame of the home. Bed bugs can be stubborn in the homes; and will require more effective and professional methods to get rid of them.
- The steam treatment will eliminate the majority of bed bugs. It is important that the cleaner produces low vapor, high-temperature steam; and also is a dry steamer so that there is no molding problem afterward. The steaming machine must not be too powerful to allow bed bugs to escape but have continuous heat flow from multiple steam heads. Steam seams and labels and continue to all the surroundings. Because bed bugs are susceptible to greater heat temperatures than 45 degrees Celsius. Instant and fast heat can kill them. It has to be very fast before the bed bugs scatter into other places. The material is heated must be heatproof to avoid explosions.
- A chemical free and non-toxic solution to eliminate bed bugs can be the cold treatment. A product called Cryonite contains carbon dioxide snow that freezes bed bugs when the snow crystals land on the bed bug. The cryolite crystallizes the cell water in the bug, and therefore it dies. Because freezing is poison less, there is no need to evacuate the area, and it can be done even in eating areas or where food is kept. There is no chemical or dust that attaches to the surfaces therefore no after cleaning required.
- DDT binds the sodium pores of bed bug and floods the cells. It destroys the nervous system of the bed bug. Turning on the heat in the homes for over an hour also kills bed bugs.
- Two low-toxic kinds of dust with real effectiveness include silica aerogel and diatomaceous earth (DE).В Both of these dust is low risk to humans and work by desiccating, or drying out, bed bugs that come in contact with it. This relatively inexpensive dust can be purchased online or at garden centers or hardware stores. Look for products labeled for indoor use and lightly dust all accessible crack, crevices, and voids.В The heat will reach the insides of all belongings and caution must be taken to avoid starting fires or explosions
A professional pest control specialist can advise if the invasion is excessive and resistant to all pesticides. A lot of housekeeping and cleaning needs to be done to make sure that there is no clutter where the bed bugs can hide.
How to Effectively Eliminate Bed Bugs from Your House: A Comprehensive Guide to Bedbug Fumigation
B edbugs are parasites that survive by sucking the host’s blood. As with all pests, total elimination of bedbug infestation requires a thorough relentless effort. While bedbugs pose no health hazard, they are an annoying and even embarrassing sight. You need a bed bug exterminator that kills these pests in all its stages of development, including the egg stage. Fumigation as a bedbug control measure has proven to be the most effective for extensive infestation. Though the process is highly specialized, you can DIY, thanks to fumigation bombs. Just remember to follow the instructions.
In this guide is all you need to know about fumigation as a bedbug control measure. But first, let’s debunk some bedbug control myths.
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Bedbugs can be controlled in several ways, and you probably have tried out some of them.
Below are the most common bedbug control methods and why they fail to eradicate these pests entirely:
- Heat treatments: Steam and high temperatures kill bedbugs instantly. You can use your dryer or watching machine to kill bed bugs in clothes. Laundering the clothes for 20 minutes at a temperature above 120 0 F will kill all stages of bed bug life including eggs. However, they are only effective when it comes to how to get bedbugs out of carpet, bedding, cars and other contained areas. It does not kill pests in wall crevices.
Freezing and chilling: Subjecting infested materials to freezing temperatures will make the bedbugs inactive. Some of them may freeze to death, but there are always some hardcore bloodsuckers. They will wait for warmer temperatures then spring back to action.
- There is no guarantee that all bed bugs exposed to cold will die.
- Sometimes, infested beds or furniture can be too heavy to expose to cold treatments.
- It does not kill bedbugs in cracks and crevices.
Encasements: They are fabric coverings use to completely enclose box springs or mattresses. They create a barrier which prevents bed bugs from infesting or escaping from the enclosed parts.
- It is a much localized bedbug control measure.
- Since it does not kill, the pests can continue breeding and move to other parts of the room.
Why Choose Fumigation?
Fumigation for bed bug control is the best measure because it kills both the pest and its eggs.
Other reasons include:
- The gas can be used for entire buildings.
- The gas can be vented into crevices, wall cracks, and other hidden areas.
- The fumigating gas penetrates walls, clothing, and furniture better than contact pesticides.
- It is a cost effective bedbug control measure.
It is for the above reasons that Raid fumigator has increasingly become a favorite choice for bedbug control.
How Effective is Raid?
- It is scientifically proven to be effective for all stages of bedbug’s life cycle, including the egg stage.
- Pests cannot adapt to its raid fumigation as it inhibits their ability to take in oxygen.
- It penetrates 100% of the target area including furniture, walls, and clothing.
- It can be used to fumigate containers, vehicles, and entire structures as long as they can withstand the accepted concentration levels.
Other reasons why you should consider Raid fumigator for bedbug control in your home are:
- Its colorless, odorless and tasteless gas leaves no residue harmful to human health.
- Its process is monitored and validated with a six months guarantee.
- Its gas cannot destroy any of your household items such as artworks, upholstery and drapes, clothing, cutlery and much more.
- It cannot damage any electronic components.
- It comes with fumigation certificate and documentation on the detail of the process.
How Long Should You Expect Bedbugs to Die?
Raid fumigation kills the bedbugs immediately and their eggs as well. Consequently, it guarantees a 100% bed bug elimination if used properly. However, remember that bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers, so they can easily find their way into your home.
Bottom line: Bedbug fumigation will destroy all pests present in the infested area. You will take care not to bring them back again.
The Fumigation Process
Bedbug fumigation is a highly specialized and pest control measure. The specialist will take care of the fumigation; all you need to worry about is the preparation part. It is because, besides being poisonous to pests, the gas is toxic to humans. Consequently, you need to take some precautionary measures.
Precautionary Measures When Preparing
- Seal all consumables. Your fumigator will come with special double sealed bags to store all your foodstuffs and other consumables. Alternatively, you can keep them away from the site. The process will only begin after the fumigator is satisfied that all consumables are safe.
- Find an alternate lodging. If you are fumigating the entire house also known as tent fumigation, it is advisable to stay away from home for about a day or as advised by the fumigator. You should then find a place to stay for this period. You can visit your parents or relatives for the weekend. Better still, you can let it coincide with your business trip or vacation.
- Leave rooms and cabinets open. Opening all doors between rooms, cabinets, and drawers will make it easy for the fumigators to access these areas. It will also increase penetration of the fumigant. But first, you have all your valuables kept away or logged with the fumigating service provider.
- Hand over spare keys. If you are leaving for the weekend or vacation, then you should leave your house keys with the fumigator. They will need access to all parts of your home during the process. When done, they will close the house. They will also use secondary locks and barriers to prevent entry by anyone.
Remember you cannot re-enter the house or premise without the fumigator’s clearance. The same applies to DIY fumigations of other structures, vehicles, and containers. Ask for a fumigation certificate.
You need it for the following reasons:
- Saves from finger pointing: if you are relocating to another house or apartment, having evidence that you fumigated your stuff before moving-in comes in handy. If you find these retro pests in your new home, then you can ask the caretaker or prospector manager to take bear the responsibility.
- Keeps you out of the Bedbug registry: If your apartment or structure had been listed on the bed bug registry database as infested, the certificate is evidence that you have sorted it out. Read more here.
Six Must-Knows on Tent Fumigation
Did your pest control expert propose tent fumigation?
Below are some things you need to know about the process:
- Sometimes it is unavoidable
Experts resort to tent fumigation as a last resort. It is done where the infestation is too extensive for localized fumigation. In such circumstance, it is the only sure solution.
- Preparation is extensive
Preparations for tent fumigation require much more than leaving the house and covering food. All foodstuffs, houseplants and bed linens should be removed, temporarily. You have to ensure all appliances are turned off, and pilot lights and gas flames put out.
- Requires a little landscaping
Even though the fumigation gases will be concentrated in the house, some will probably escape through gaps and bottom seals. You need to trim the plants close to the house to be at least one foot away.
- Tenting time varies
The length of time required for tenting a home depends on the extents of infestation and the size of the home. Consequently, some house may need only a few hours and another a couple of days. You should discuss this with your fumigation expert.
- They are of different types
Tent fumigation types vary depending on the type of pest in question. You should not expect your bedbug fumigation to kill subterranean termites and wood beetles. These have their special treatments.
- You cannot DIY tent fumigation
DIY fumigation is possible if the level of infestation in your house can be handled at a personal level. However, when the surface and the structure of your home is bedbug infested, your only hope is in professional help.
Step by Step Guide to DIY
DIY is out of the question when considering tenting. However, you can try it using fumigation bombs.
Here is a stepwise explanation on this:
- Step 1:Resolve to read and follow all the instructions provided by the product supplier. Before starting the process read all the instructions. If there is a part which is unclear, find the explanation.
- Step 2: Seal all foodstuffs and medications and stack them away from the area. Also, transfer pets and house plants to a different room or out of the house.
- Step 3: Open all bags, suitcases, drawers, and wardrobes. Interior doors, cabinets, and safes should also be opened. Doing so allows the gas to kill all bed bugs, their eggs or larvae that could be in these places.
- Step 4: Lock all access doors and windows. You don’t want someone entering the house when fumigating. Seal exhaust holes and laundry vents as they will allow the fumigating gas to escape from the structure. Turn off all fans and other cooling and heating units.
- Step 5: After putting on the required protective gears, plant fumigation bombs on the infested parts of the house. Leave the house and stay away for a period specified on the product usually less than an hour. Let the gas diffuse through to various parts of the room.
- Step 6: After the time has elapsed return to the house, open all the windows and doors. You should take care not to inhale the toxic fumes. You may need to stay outside for some time to allow the rooms to air out completely.
Finally, collect all the gas canisters and dispose of them properly. Then, clean the house of dead bedbugs, roaches, and other pests. Remember, that you need to be very careful throughout the fumigation process. Being cautious will not only encourage safe fumigation process but also ensure that you completely eradicate these bloodsuckers from your home.
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Fumigation for Bed Bugs, is this My Best Option?
Fumigation for Bed Bugs, is this My Best Option?
What makes a bed bug infestation so hard to eradicate is that their living situation is the same as yours. Bed bugs live in couches, beds, suitcases, and clothes. When dealing with a severe bed bug infestation in your home, many people turn to what we call in the pest industries, the nuclear option – fumigation. Specifically, bed bug fumigation.
The bed bug fumigation process works like a termite fumigation: Tent, Inject Gas, Destroy.
Yes, spraying, vacuuming, and steaming may work, although it is difficult to be bed bug free after one treatment if at all.
But what if you didn’t have to douse your home with liquid chemicals to deal with your bed bug problem?
Did you know that fumigation isn’t the only option for bed bugs?
Heat can go where chemicals can’t.
Once your pest control specialist confirms your infestation it’s time for the big guns. 500,000 BTU heaters are brought in along with fans and equipment to make sure the heat is evenly distributed throughout your home. The temperature is monitored throughout treatment by temperature sensors to ensure your rooms reach the optimum bed bug killing temperature and stay there throughout treatment.
How hot does it need to be to end a bed bug infestation?
125°F or Higher– Lethal to bed bug eggs