Local Hood River Bed Bug Control
You’ve likely heard that there are two different treatments for living adult bugs and eggs. That’s true. However, heat will kill off both adult bed bugs and eggs at the same time. The idea is to raise the temperature high enough (between 135°F and 145°F) to kill off all the bed bugs in the room at once. This treatment is highly effective because it doesn’t give the bed bugs any place to retreat to and it only requires one step. Whole room treatments generally take between six and eight hours. For obvious reasons, you will need to take some precautions before we begin this treatment.
The downside to this method is that your entire house will need to be treated. Since the heat raises the temperatures to uncomfortable levels, the bed bugs will treat (if they are able) to another part of the house. The eggs, of course, cannot retreat. Rooms not treated with heat will need to be treated another way. But it is a very effective method against both adult bed bugs and their eggs. Generally, we will attempt to seal the room with insecticide.
Insecticide Treatments for Bed Bugs
Insecticide treatments are effective, but they need to be employed correctly in order to be effective. Most homeowners are not professional pest control specialists so when they kill off even a majority of the bed bug infestation, they don’t realize that they’ve essentially wasted their time and money. The bed bugs will come back in full force. This is also true if they’ve left behind any of the eggs.
Professional pest control specialists use three different types of insecticide when dealing with bed bugs. These are:
- A contact insecticide that instantly kills the bed bugs
- A residual insecticide that takes care of those left behind
- A dust for getting inside cracks and crevices
These insecticides may also be employed in tandem with heat treatments or other methods of pest control. The residual insecticide takes care of the eggs once they hatch. The babies are killed on contact and they don’t live long enough to reproduce.
Using insecticides generally require multiple treatments, but you should notice results right away. On the other hand, insecticide treatments can be done more quickly than heat treatments. It only takes about a half an hour to spray the room and you generally will need to stay out of the room for a couple of hours.