The biggest bedbug outbreak since World War II has sent a collective shudder among apartment dwellers, college students and business travelers across the nation. Bed bugs are increasingly becoming a problem within residences, including homes, apartments, hotels, cruise ships, dormitories and shelters.
What are bed bugs?
Bed bugs have oval-shaped bodies with no wings. Before they feed, they are about 1/4 inch long and flat as paper. After feeding, they turn dark red and become bloated. Bed bugs have a one-year life span during which time a female can lay 200-400 eggs depending on food supply and temperature. Eggs hatch in about 10 days.
How do bed bugs get into my home?
Bed bugs are often carried into a home on objects such as furniture and clothing. If you think you have a bed bug problem, check for live bed bugs or shells in the following areas:
- Seams, creases, tufts and folds of mattresses and box springs
- Cracks in the bed frame and head board
- Under chairs, couches, beds, dust covers
- Between the cushions of couches and chairs
- Under area rugs and the edges of carpets
- Between the folds of curtains
- In drawers
- Behind baseboards, and around window and door casings
- Behind electrical plates and under loose wallpaper, paintings and posters
- In cracks in plaster
- In telephones, radios, and clocks
Bed bugs can also travel from apartment to apartment along pipes, electrical wiring and other openings. If the infestation is heavy, a sweet smell may be noticed in the room.
Bed Bug Customer Treatment Preperation For Ulv Liquid Treatment:
1. Preparing the Bed
In general, the bed will need to be stripped and the bed frame taken apart. Any sheets and bedding should be carefully bundled, or bagged, and made ready to be taken to the laundry room. Wash in hot water or use hottest dryer. For items that cannot be washed in hot water, they should be dry-cleaned. We can treat draperies, sleeping pillows, and decorative pillows.
2. Preparing the Room
In the bedrooms where you are being bitten, clothing must be removed from the dresser drawers and nightstands emptied into plastic bags. This clothing does not have to be washed because it will be returned to the drawer after the drawer is treated.
3. Preparing the Closet
We ask that you clean out the floor of the closet so we can treat that and don’t leave anything at the baseboard you don’t want treated. Shoes are frequently left out, and we don’t want to treat those. Hanging clothes, however, can be left on the rod.
If there was ever a great time to de-clutter your home, this is it. If the likelihood that you’ll ever touch or need an item again is low, bag it and trash it. That is true whether the items are in a target room or elsewhere. Also, take a good look around at your children’s stuffed animals and toys, piles of magazines and newspapers, bags of clothes. We can treat the stuffed toys with a material that will not leave a residual and leave them safe to handle after the treatment.
5. Remove Pets
If there are any pets or birds, they will need to be out of the house. Fish or turtle aquariums will require special handling as they are very sensitive. You must shut off the air filter and securely cover the tank and any possible openings with plastic.
What we do to get rid of them:
1. Ultra Low Volume (ULV) liquid treatment
Treatment is extensive because bedbugs have so many hiding places. We begin at the infested bed treating the mattress, box springs, bed frame and headboard with appropriately labeled materials. We will continue to move outward in the room to include the flooring, both th carpets and wood floors, baseboards, night stands, behind picture frames, chest of drawers, and dressers. Since wood is a favored harborage area, any wood which is not sealed must be treated. Any bedding which can be washed or dry cleaned, should be. Pillows, drapes, stuff toys and any cloth object left in the room will be treated.
- The material used to treat objects that touch humans kills bedbugs on contact but does not leave a residue, therefore it is not harmful to humans once it is dry. The good news is that they can be eliminated and you will not have to replace your mattress and box springs. It is important not to delay. As you try on-line remedies or home cures, the bedbugs can spread. A child who is getting bitten solves her problem by taking her pillow and blanket into another room but unfortunately she doesn’t see the bedbug on her blanket and the infamous hitch-hiker has invaded another habitat. Many homeowners successfully battle ants or mice but this is one of the insects you should trust to a professional. This treatment method may require a few follow up services. And is less expensive than the heat treatment with more preperation by the customer unlike the heat treatment.
2. Heat Treatment
Cautions when using targeted heat treatment;
1.No people or pets in area during treatment even though 120 degrees in itself is not deadly to humans or pets, dehydration can occur quickly.
2.The heat at 120 degrees show slight distortion (not melting) of low grade plastic trash can liners, sanitary plastic on hotel/motel cups resulting in the need to remove all low grade plastic from treatment area.
3.Even though the heaters produce temperatures below spontaneous combustion levels Remove any combustible materials in close proximity to the heaters to prevent possibility of a fire.
4. No unsupervised use of equipment. Equipment must be monitored by personnel to assure no malfunction.
5. Once target temperature reached the equipment can be turned off and let the room cool down on its own or left on to operate automatically for several hours. Remember that one minute at 120 degree give a 100% kill but that temperature needs to be reached in more insulated areas (carpet floors, mattress, box springs, clothes in closets, couch and chairs, etc.) to assure total eradication of all bed bugs and eggs. Our research shows it may take up to 1 hour to reach target temperature in center of mattresses.
- Preparing for heat treatment:No candles or pets. And all ac off and pilot light off if using natural gas. This basically requires no preperation. No one on the property. And 100% eradication!We used remote temperature monitoring and recording system and choose to use the digital recorders to document temperature and time for each application. We feel it is a good practice to keep a digital record of temperatures reached in order to prove, if necessary, that any insect in the kill zone would be exterminated due to the temperature and time held.
Additional advantages of using targeted heat treatment.
- Lowers humidity and helps control surfaced mold/mildew.
- Helps eliminate odors in carpet, bedding, etc.
*Bradford & Son’s Pest Services will not treat without confirmed evidence of bedbugs. There are some skin conditions (scabies) or other parasites such as mites which may be the source of bites. If bedbug evidence is not present, we may suggest that you see a dermatologist.
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- Tired of those bloodsucking vermin in your bed? Bed bugs can be an unfortunately common problem, affecting homeowners and renters alike. Experts attribute the recent surge in infestations to an escalated frequency of international and domestic travel. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to eliminate the headache of bed bugs from your life.These bugs feed on the blood of humans, mostly at night while their victims are sleeping. In the United States, the most common species of the bug is Cimex lectularius, or the common bed bug. This variety of bed bug can be found throughout North America as well as Europe and Central Asia.
Bed bugs feed on most mammals, including humans and common house pets as well as wild mammals. Contrary to popular belief, bed bugs do not affect only dilapidated or overcrowded housing. In fact, many five star hotels have recently fallen victim to severe infestations. The problem is one of travel: Bed bugs are notoriously good at hitching rides, undetected, on people’s clothes and luggage, and the introduction of relatively few bed bugs can quickly cause major problems.
When faced with a beg bug infestation, the best defense is knowledge. If you live in the VA, MD or PA area, Bradford Pest Control Of VA is well-staffed with fully qualified and certified technicians to work with you to find the best bed bug prevention and control tactics for you and your family.
Should you fall victim to an infestation, Bradford Pest Control Of VA will provide full removal services. We are well-versed in the use of special heat-remediation devices which will raise the temperature of your home far above what is inhabitable for bed bugs, leading to total infestation elimination for less cost and better success rate than traditional chemical fumigation services. Even better is that, since our solution uses no pesticides, thermal remediation offers a more environmentally friendly means of eliminating bed bugs from your home.
Over-the-counter insecticides are not recommended for bed bug removal and can frequently do more harm than good. Because bed bugs can be difficult to locate, complete eradication is nearly impossible through the sort of spot treatment that over-the-counter insecticides offer. Even a commercial “bug bomb” has a limited proliferation compared to whole house fumigation, which itself does not always get into every crevice of your home. A thermal remediation solution gets all of the bed bugs, and does so in an environmentally friendly, cost-effective way.
If you’re wondering whether a call to Bradford Pest Control Of VA is the next step towards ridding your home of these pests, contact us for an inspection. With years of experience finding and eliminating bed bugs, you can count on us to get the job done right.
Our inspections involve a thorough search of your home for any signs of bed bugs. We also offer canine inspections. So, if you suspect that your home is infested with bed bugs, or if you have seen them with your own eyes, don’t let these nasty pests keep you from feeling secure in your home. Call Bradford Pest Control Of VA today for a complete bed bug inspection and home treatment.
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
You found them. You had always told yourself that bed bugs were the result of home neglect and that you would never allow them into your living space, yet there they are: Black dots on your bed spread, discarded exoskeletons, maybe even live bed bugs on your mattress. What went wrong? Why did this happen?
Relax. It’s not your fault that these little bed bugs found their way into your home. The truth is that a clean home does little to deter these creatures from taking up residence in your house. A less clean house, in fact, is not much more likely to harbor bed bugs than one which is kept immaculate.
Instead of believing the myth that bed bugs prefer dirty houses, consider the fact that there has been a major resurgence of bed bugs in the United States in the past few years. Hotels are being hit particularly hard by these little creatures, and it is very easy for a bed bug to latch onto your luggage during a vacation without you knowing. There’s no reason for you to blame yourself for this; rather, let’s focus on getting them out of your home!
Isolate the Infestation
One of the first things you should do is try to isolate the infestation. If you are able to have a decent guess as to where the bed bugs are in your home, you can prevent them from spreading further by avoiding entering the room. A bed bug dog can help discover the boundaries of the infestation, so that isolation is successful.
Wash Your Linens
Use the hottest water the material will allow, and dry them on as high of heat as the material will allow. This will purge the movable items of bed bugs and bed bug eggs, and you can set those aside for use after the bed bug infestation has been eliminated. Dry clean any items which cannot be washed in a traditional manner in order to remove them of bed bugs.
Call a BedBug Control Professional
At this point, you should employ the services of a bed bug control professional like Bradford Pest Control Of VA. Bed bugs are extremely difficult to fully eliminate due to their ability to get through even the tiniest cracks. Isolating the infestation makes the process much less expensive, though a full-house inspection is still recommended afterwards to ensure that the problem is truly gone. Many of our clients prefer full-house thermal remediation for this precise reason: There is little risk of a bed bug being missed compared to an isolated thermal treatment.
Did you know that bed bugs can live for up to a year without feeding on blood? This is why leaving your home to “wait them out” is usually not a practical strategy. Few people can afford to be away from home for the full year that it would take for such a strategy to work. The good news is that there is an alternative to fumigation. Our Thermal Remediation® service takes care of the problem quickly, efficiently, and in an environmentally friendly way by raising the temperature of your home well beyond what is inhabitable for bed bugs. Thermal Remediation® treatment only takes about eight hours from set up to tear down, and heat offers the bed bugs nowhere to hide.
For increased accuracy, many people are now also using canines to detect bed bug infestations in their home. This has the added benefit of ensuring the precise location of bed bugs, making treatments even more focused and saving you money. This technique can also be used after a bed bug treatment to ensure that the bed bugs have been completely eradicated. At Bradford Pest Control Of VA, we’ll pull out all the stops to make sure that your bed bug infestation is eliminated quickly and thoroughly. Call us today to get started.
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Exterminating Bed Bugs
Bed Bug Treatment- Avoid the Cost
When traveling during any time of year, you run the risk of bringing bed bugs back into your home. These pests find their way into your luggage or onto your clothes during your stay in an infested hotel room or guest home. The worst part is that bed bugs are not limited only to inhabiting overcrowded or dirty areas: There has been a recent surge in infestations reported, even at upscale hotels. This is why it is so easy to unintentionally bring bed bugs into your home.
Bed Bugs Love to Hitch Hike
If you are a frequent traveler, there are a couple of things you can do to reduce the likelihood of infestation. First, by diligently inspecting your luggage before bringing it inside for signs of bed bugs, you reduce your chances of infestation. Another thing you can do is launder your clothes immediately in the hottest water possible upon returning home. This kills any bed bugs which may have been on the clothing.
However, travel isn’t the only way to bring bed bugs into your home. Another way is through the purchasing or receipt of second-hand bedding or furniture. Take care to inspect all such items before bringing them into your home. There are various methods you can use to remove bed bugs from such items prior to it entering your home, but you have to find them first. A professional canine bed bug inspection may be the best choice here. Or, you can play it safe and have a professional treat the items for bed bugs before they ever enter your house.
Another good way to treat items for bed bugs is with a good old-fashioned vacuum cleaner. If you have a vacuum cleaner with good, strong suction, vacuum the furniture or bedding thoroughly, giving particular attention to mattress seams and box spring seams, and between cushions and seams in the furniture. Be sure to dispose of the vacuum bag immediately, and to dispose of it away from your home. It is not a guaranteed solution, but it may improve your chances. The only guaranteed solution is a professional inspection and heat treatment.
Bradford Pest Control Of VA has trained and certified technicians that can offer a comprehensive plan tailored to fit your needs. By using heat, rather than pesticides, to treat your home for bed bugs, Bradford Pest Control Of VA renders your home inhospitable to bed bugs for a sufficient amount of time to kill any and all of the pests that linger within your home. By using temperature, rather than chemicals, there is nowhere for the bed bugs to hide, allowing total infestation extermination. Furthermore, the use of heat is more environmentally friendly than the use of pesticides, making bed bug heat treatments a “green” solution to your extermination needs.
If you’re looking for a comprehensive bed bug extermination program, look no further. With years of experience in bed bug heat treatments, Bradford Pest Control Of VA has removed bed bugs from commercial and residential buildings of every size. So, why wait? Call Bradford Pest Control Of VA today to get a cost to kick the bed bugs out!
Bed Bug Heat Treatment
We grew complacent in our battle against bed bugs, and as a result they are becoming less of a rarity than they were in the fifties. Has your home fallen victim to the resurgence?
Make no mistake: The bed bug has returned from its near-extinction in the early fifties following the removal of DDT from the American marketplace. This resurgence was initially caused primarily by increased frequency of international travel. However, today, bed bugs can be introduced into a home in a wide variety of ways. Travel is still one of the primary causes, with bed bugs attaching themselves to luggage during your hotel stay.
How to Kill Bed Bugs The Right Way
If you suspect bed bugs in your home, you have probably read a lot of things that you shouldn’t do to attempt to eliminate the infestation. Bug bombs, foggers, and other area pesticides can cause the bed bug infestation to spread to other places throughout your home when used. In fact, it is suspected that, to effectively remove an infestation using such products, you would have to fumigate your home with three times as much product as you would when removing termites from your home: That’s a pretty expensive way to get rid of bed bugs!
The good news is that there is a better way. Though bed bugs can be extremely difficult to find and kill, they are particularly susceptible to extreme highs in temperature. Bed bugs at all stages of their life die after extended exposure to temperatures in excess of 115 degrees Fahrenheit. In light of this finding, Bradford Pest Control Of VA offers a heat-based solution to bed bug infestations which remove infestations without the need for harmful chemicals.
How Does Bed Bug Heat Treatment Work?
Basically, it works kind of like the heater that is already in your home. However, these systems are far more powerful than your central heater. Bradford Pest Control Of VA uses top-of-the-line Thermal Remediation® systems which circulate hot air throughout your home, using fans to push heated air deep into cracks and wall voids so the bed bugs have nowhere to hide. By circulating and recirculating this hot air throughout your home, we raise the internal temperature of your residence past the point where it is fatal for bed bugs in a matter of a few hours. No dangerous chemicals and no fumigation!
Heat treating your home will kill every bed bug within it, without leaving the lingering residue of fumigation. This means you can re-inhabit your house quicker, and be bed bug free without the potential pollution caused by chemical means of bed bug removal. So if your home is infested, don’t wait: Call the professionals at Bradford Pest Control Of VA. We are well-versed in the use of the new Thermal Remediation® systems, and will work hard to ensure that your home is purged of these tiny pests. Call us today to get started.
Comparing Bed Bug Treatments
Bed Bug Treatments
Bed bugs in the home can be very stressful. If you have discovered tiny black blotches or molted exoskeletons, your first reaction may be to panic and immediately call a pest control company for fumigation services. You assume that spending a lot of money on fumigation services is the only way to get rid of the bugs. If fumigation is not done immediately, you might even think that the problem will become irreversible, and the bed bugs will surely overtake the entire house, living in the walls until there’s no more room for them to hide. So, you rush to a pest control company to spend a lot of money on fumigation services.
Relax. While building-wide fumigation is sometimes necessary, there are many other, less expensive ways to eliminate bed bugs from your home.
Targeted Bed Bug Removal
One popular way to save money on fumigation services is to apply removal methods to only the rooms in which the bed bugs have been detected. This has limited success if a visual inspection was the only method used in determining the location of bed bugs. For this method to work reliably, canine bed bug detection is necessary in order to better narrow down the possible locations of the bed bugs. Bradford Pest Control Of VA features their own canine bed bug detection squad in order to isolate bed bugs in the home. Once the infestation has been found, it can be eliminated by our top-notch pest control technicians.
Heat Treatment for Bed Bugs
Rather than fumigating your home and pumping it full of poisonous chemicals, heat treatment works by instead pumping your home full of hot air. The goal of any heat treatment is to raise the internal temperature of your home beyond the point where it is inhabitable for bed bugs, and to maintain this level of heat for sufficient time to kill all the bugs inside. Bradford Pest Control Of VA uses Thermal Remediation® heat treatment equipment in order to quickly and thoroughly eliminate bed bugs. This enables us to offer a “whole-house” bed bug solution in those cases where targeted removal has been ineffective or is impractical to perform.
Sometimes, Fumigation is Necessary…
…But it’s rare.
Most people jump straight to fumigation when they think about eliminating a bed bug infestation. However, this is frequently unnecessary, and should only be attempted after more environmentally-friendly and less-expensive methods are tried. Bed bug fumigation is far more expensive than termite fumigation because of the extra pesticide needed to ensure the infestation is completely eliminated.
Bradford Pest Control Of VA has been serving businesses and homes in the VA, MD, and Pennsylvania areas for many years with our bed bug eradication services. We work hard to keep the pests out so you can rest assured that the bed bugs won’t bite tonight. If you have noticed suspicious bite marks in the morning, or if you have found black spots on your mattress, call Bradford Pest Control Of VA today. We’ll help you get these nasty little parasites out of your home.
Residential Bed Bug Services
Bed Bugs: Isn’t that something that we’ve taken care of in this country? Those are the sorts of things that people have to worry about in third world countries, right? After all, growing up, you probably never encountered a single bed bug in your family’s home, so why is there any reason to believe that you have to worry about it now?
There are plenty of reasons to take precautions against residential bed bugs now to avoid a bed bug problem later. Why? Because there is a hidden resurgence occurring in this country: Bed bugs, which were nearly extinct in this country in the 1950’s, have been slowly increasing their numbers on American soil ever since DDT was banned for use in our country. If you don’t notice any dark spots on the mattress of your bed, you need to take steps to keep it that way by carefully cleaning any new furniture you get before it comes into the house, and washing your clothes in hot water after encountering suspicious furniture abroad. If you already have those spots, however, you are going to need a professional to get rid of them.
The Problem with “Bug Bombs”
Many people assume that they can get rid of bed bugs by simply using over-the-counter pesticide foggers in the rooms in which they noticed the bed bugs. After all, they’re called bed bugs, so as long as the bedrooms are bombed, people assume that they should be in good shape. Unfortunately, bed bugs can inhabit any area in your house, and only need to be able to find a target once per year in order to feed. Using a fogger will therefore usually only be successful in causing the bed bugs to become more widespread throughout your house, as they avoid the pesticides in one room in order to inhabit another, such as the living room. It is for this reason that, when whole-house fumigation services are requested for bed bugs, pest control companies are forced to use three times as much pesticide as they would to treat termites. That’s an expensive solution!
Fumigation Is a Last Resort Only
Don’t let a pest control company jump straight to pumping your whole house with pesticides when you report a bed bug incident. While there are rare occasions where this might be necessary, the truth is that there are cheaper and more environmentally friendly solutions available on the market today. That’s where Bradford Pest Control Of VA comes in. What if we told you that we could kill bed bugs in the most environmentally friendly way possible, without using any chemicals, with a process that typically takes only six to eight hours out of your day? What if you could have a friend take your pets, send your children off to school, go to work, and come home to a bed-bug-free house?
That’s not just wishful thinking anymore. With Thermal Remediation® bed bug heat treatments administered by Bradford Pest Control Of VA, you can quickly exterminate the bed bugs from your home using a procedure that utilizes no harsh chemicals. Set up to tear down usually takes us no longer than eight hours, and you are free to inhabit your home immediately after we’re done, as there is no danger of pesticide residue making a curious dog or child ill. The only thing we leave behind is a warm house (maybe open your windows for a bit when you return) and no more bed bugs.
If you have a bed bug infestation, the worst thing you can do is wait. Call Bradford Pest Control Of VA today to learn more about our method and schedule your heat treatment.
Commercial Bed Bug Services
Whether you own a hotel or an office, or are in charge of a hospital or any commercial building, there is something you should know. Since the banning of DDT in the United States, bed bugs are making a comeback in this country. These creatures can be very disruptive to many businesses, especially hospitals and hotels, and so we would like to ask: Have you checked for bed bugs lately?
Bed Bugs Affect All Businesses
If you aren’t in the hospitality or healthcare industry, you probably wonder what trouble a bed bug infestation could cause in your commercial building. After all, there are no beds there! However, the truth is that bed bugs can inhabit any part of a building, and have a habit of taking up residence in small cracks in walls near their feeding station. This could mean the walls near workstations. A bed bug could then feed on your employees while they work. By performing regular inspections of the workplace, particularly with the aid of a canine detection service, you can stop these infestations from getting out of hand and requiring building-wide heat treatments, or worse, expensive fumigation.
If a bed bug infestation goes unnoticed, you now have a hub through which bed bugs can come to inhabit all of your employees’ homes as well, and even your own. Regular bed bug inspections and treatments not only keep the bugs out of your employee’s homes, it also promotes an image of cleanliness in your office. Do you really want a potential client to see bed bugs in the wall voids of your conference rooms? I don’t think so!
Bed Bug Services for Hotels and Hospitals
If you are in the hospitality or healthcare industry, then the need for preventing bed bug infestations is even greater. Obviously, in healthcare, having a clean environment is critical to the health of patients who come in. While there are no known complications or adverse effects related to a bed bug bite, their mere presence in a hospital will very quickly cause people to view your hospital as being uncleanly. If steps are not taken to treat the infestation as quickly as possible, your hospital will most likely be forced to shut down for fumigation due to public outrage. For hospitals, it is therefore especially important to focus on prevention and regular inspections. By reducing the ability of bed bugs to get a foothold in your hospital, you prevent a widespread problem later on.
As for those in the hospitality industry, bed bugs can quickly put entire buildings out of commission for fumigation if a widespread bed bug infestation occurs. However, the good news is that, with canine bed bug detection, it is now possible to target your approach to prevent such a widespread closure and the hit to your public image that comes from one of your buildings getting tented. By taking advantage of this tactic, hotel owners can close off specific rooms for treatment rather than the whole building, and can discreetly manage bed bug infestations.
If you haven’t checked your commercial building for bed bugs, what are you waiting for? These bugs are coming back, and the last thing you want to do is neglect to fight them. But if you’re going to fight them, you need an ally. That’s where we come in. Bradford Pest Control Of VA has been working hard for many years to keep businesses and homes pest-free. Let us help you protect your business from the bed bug resurgence. Call us today to get started.
Thermal Heat Remediation®
If you have been unfortunate enough to encounter a bed bug infestation in your home, we understand that you don’t want to waste time and money on treatments which may or may not work. You don’t want to have to go through trial after trial as a pest control company attempts to control the issue with isolated spot treatments that have a high failure rate. You want the bed bugs gone, and you want them gone now. We understand that. Unfortunately, so do many pest control companies, who will gladly sell you on expensive building-wide fumigation services without trying more cost-effective solutions.
What if we told you that there was a building-wide bed bug solution that cost less than fumigation to administer, used no harmful chemicals, and had a success rate approximately equal to that of whole-house fumigation? Interested? Keep reading.
Thermal Remediation® bed bug heat treatments feature a system of several state-of-the-art heaters and fans which will circulate hot air throughout your home to achieve temperatures of up to 135° Fahrenheit. Why is that important? Simple: No stage of bed bug—not the adults, not the eggs, not anything in between—can survive temperatures of over 122° Fahrenheit. Several independent scientific studies have repeatedly proven this fact. By elevating your internal house temperature to approximately 135° Fahrenheit for an extended period of time, we kill all stages of bed bug in your home.
So, what’s magical about the 135° Fahrenheit number? Why don’t we crank up the heaters even higher? That’s to protect your electronics and anything else in your house which might be sensitive to temperature extremes. 135° Fahrenheit has demonstrated itself, time and time again, to be the highest safe temperature to raise a home: Much higher, and damage to electronics (or anything made of plastic) could occur.
Heat Treatment Is Faster, Better for the Environment, and Cheaper
It’s true that heat treatments take electricity, so how good for the environment a heat treatment is depends a lot on where the electricity comes from. If your home is powered with sustainable technologies, however, then a Thermal Remediation® treatment is 100% sustainable and environmentally friendly. The same can’t be said for the alternative: building-wide fumigation.
Building-wide fumigation for bed bugs takes three times as much pesticide as fumigation for termites. This means that, after fumigation, there will be substantial pesticide residue in your home. If you have pets or young children, this residue could be very harmful should the animal or child ingest some of this residue. Furthermore, this much pesticide could easily contaminate the groundwater and cause other environmental issues.
When you consider that heat treatment also enables you to be back in your home eight hours after starting treatment and that heat treatment is cheaper than pumping your home full of pesticides, the choice is obvious: Thermal Remediation® heat solutions will get your home back from the clutches of those nasty, biting bed bugs. Call Bradford Pest Control Of VA today to learn more about our heat treatments using Thermal Remediation® technology and to schedule your appointment. It’s your house. Take it back from the bed bugs with Bradford Pest Control Of VA.