There are many forms of Bed Bug Treatments. Most notably are Traditional Insecticide Treatments and Thermal Heat Treatments. More and more methods are surfacing daily.
Pesticide treatments have been around for a very long time, About as long as man. Products have evolved and methods have been refined.
Heat Treatments are still a relatively new concept. There is very little data available, unless you consider a very large amount of speculation online. There are some opinions from people not necessarily for Heat, but against Pesticides in general. Heat Treatments are one of many new products and services brought about by the green movement. Don’t get me wrong, Green is good, rules and regulations are good too. I just believe Pesticides are vital to the health and well being of people. I have formed that opinion after seeing thousands of roach infestations, seeing rat poop on kids pillows, seeing rashes and hives on babies from parasites like Bed Bugs, Fleas, Mosquitoes and Mites, as well as Spider bites. I have also seen homes destroyed by Termites and Carpenter Ants. I have read about Lyme, Histoplasmosis, Malaria and a host of other diseases. Yes I believe they are important. Yes, I agree with the fact that something needs to be done about the Pesticides on the food we eat. But that is another subject.
There has been a lot of research lately about Bed Bugs evolving and and becoming resistant to certain products. This has always been the case with many other types of insects, most notably the cockroach. How do we deal with a situation like this? Simply change to another product like we have always done. Although in my opinion of 28 years of Pest Control Experience, if a Bed Bug infestation is treated properly and that infestation is eliminated. How then could that Bed Bug possibly evolve? Many people would answer that the technician didn’t eliminate the Bed Bug infestation. I agree that is the case in most situations. We can ask how then can a customer choose a Company that will eliminate the problem? Again, in my opinion it comes down to the length of the guarantee. The longer the Bed Bug Guarantee, the more confidence a company has on their work. If there is no guarantee or a short guarantee (As in the case of heat) then the company must not have any confidence in their work.
Some reasons I have heard why some companies give short guarantees or why a treatment didn't work. This is from customers that I have treated AFTER a heat treatment failed.
Questions to ask a Heat Control Company BEFORE a service for Bed Bugs:
If you ask these questions I would love to hear the answers. Email them to me, but don’t mention the name of the tech or company.
I do not dispute that heat kills bed Bugs, that is a proven fact. Heat is a great tool to take care of an isolated problem. Heat is also a great tool to take care of a sensitive problem like retirement or nursing homes. But heat treatments should ONLY be used as a tool, not a one size fits all, better than sliced bread approach.
Lets discuss some heat treatment facts, or my opinions if you want. Do some research of your own and decide.
There are a lot of fly by night companies popping up and using cheap heating equipment, that will just spread the problems and into hiding.
"Posted by Robert Sullivan"