Bed Bug Spraying & Treatments

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Bed Bugs are considered one of the most difficult insects to kill. They like to hide in tight spaces and only come out at night. They can be seen with the naked eye, with several methods available to remove an infestation in your home or apartment: These include:

Sprays:

Sprays are either designed to knock down or kill bed bugs on contact or provide lasting protection. Both are used together for a complete spray solution. Knock down sprays can be all natural/organic or contain a pesticide.

Note that in the Northeast these infects have shown resistance to some types of commonly used pesticides. Check the resource for specific recommendations in you live in this area as most sprays will not work.

Heat:

Bed bugs are killed at 113F. This is why hand steamers, or washing in hot water kills the insects and their eggs. Also an approach called thermal remediation super heats a room or building to about 130F so that the heat can permeate all objects such as the mattress at the required temperatures. Thermal remediation is 100% effective.

Freezing Cold:

A freezing spray is used by some exterminators made up of carbon dioxide (dry ice). The spray can penetrate items in the home such as the mattress, electronics and furniture. The downside of this approach is that areas not treated may contain bed bugs that are missed during treatment.

Also, placing items in freezing temperatures or the home freezer will kill the insects and eggs. Items should be left at these temperatures for at least 5 days.

Powder:

A fine natural powder made from ground fossils can kill these insects. The dust (also referred to as fossil dust or diatomaceous earth) is spread into cracks and crevices in a thin layer. When bed bugs cross through the dust, it clings to their outer layer, killing them. Powder is often used as the last step.

These are the primary methods used. To save money when trying to get rid of bed bugs, purchase a kit, such as those recommended in the resource. Better yet, hire a professional as this is one of the most difficult insects to locate and kill. Often 2 to 3 treatments are needed.

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