Bed Bug Pest Control: The Newest Technologies for Treating Bed Bugs
PUBLISHED ON October 5th, 2011
Bed bug pest control is at an all-time high as the number of these pests continues to rise. Mostly eliminated after World War II, the ban of the pesticide DDT has enabled bed bugs to make a big comeback. According to the National Pest Management Association, bed bug infestations in the U.S. have increased by more than 70 percent since 2001. With the rise of low-impact and technological solutions, Portland pest control companies and others across the nations are using and recommending the latest advances in bed bug treatments.
Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation
Portland bed bugs are like others around the world: small, resembling an apple seed in shape and color, with a small head and six legs. Bed bugs do not have wings and reach their darkest color when fully mature, so young bed bugs may be white, yellow or a light reddish-brown.
In addition to possibly waking up with bed bug bites on your body (the reaction to the bite varies depending on how your body handles it), you can tell if there are bed bugs in a room if you see their feces (which resemble reddish-brown stains) on bed linens, the mattress or the surrounding walls. Because Portland bed bugs are nocturnal creatures, you may not actually see bed bugs themselves during the day.
Bed bug dogs. Just like the local police department, your local Portland pest control company may have a K9 team trained to sniff out bed bugs and their eggs. Because bed bugs can burrow deep into bedding, carpets, mattresses, closets and walls, humans may have a difficult time identifying or confirming infestations. Bed bug-detecting dogs can conduct searches in a shorter period than humans, with higher accuracy.
Heat treatments. Some Portland pest control companies now use special heat treatment systems to eliminate bed bugs. This bed bug pest control solution comes in the form of a portable heater with fans that heat a room to more than 120 degrees Fahrenheit, a temperature proven to kill bed bugs and their eggs at all developmental stages. Using this special heat system, a Portland pest control company can eradicate a bed bug infestation in as little as one day, making this pest treatment solution more efficient and affordable than others.
Dissolvable laundry bags. Ease your mind about bed bug infestations after traveling by using dissolvable, water-soluble laundry bags, which are also great for helping preventing the spread of bed bugs from one room to another. Simply place dirty laundry in a dissolvable plastic bag and tie the top of the bag closed. Then, wash your clothes in water that is 120 degrees Fahrenheit or hotter. Dry the clothes as you would normally.
Mattress and box spring encasements. Encasements for your mattress and box spring are made from a material that does not allow bed bugs or their nymphs to get in or out. This standard form of bed bug pest control prevents bed bugs from migrating from other parts of your home to your bed, and vice versa. Consequently, if you already have bed bugs in your mattress or box spring, the encasement will cause them to starve to death, which can help prevent or control future infestations. Talk to your local Portland pest control company to learn about recommended mattress and box spring encasements.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Because pesticides are rarely 100 percent effective at combating Portland bed bug infestations, it is important to seek a company that specializes in bed bug pest control using IPM techniques. Integrated Pest Management practices combine prevention tactics with client education and awareness to help control bed bugs. A Portland pest control company that uses IPM learns how bed bugs entered the building; implements pest-proofing measures; locates the infestation; and takes measures to trap, repel or eliminate the bed bugs with minimal use of chemicals.
While the health effects of a bed bug infestation are minimal, they are an annoyance nonetheless. Because bed bugs can be difficult to combat, consider using a Portland pest control company that specializes in bed bug control with techniques that are safe for the family, pets, building and environment.