Heating VS. Spraying
Those who have had bed bugs know how difficult they are to control and eliminate. The majority of people who try to get rid of them on their own using chemicals learn they may kill some of the pests, but they never seem to end the cycle of infestation. The frustration and costs add up, and eventually they call a professional to finish the job. What they may not realize is that the chemicals they are using typically make the bed bug infestation more difficult to control and are likely causing them to spread making eradication costs more expensive. Below are some reasons explaining why.
Bed bug resistance- Many bed bugs have become resistant to the chemicals in use today, if even a small number of the bed bugs in your residence are resistant you will not kill them. Worst yet the resistant bed bugs that survive the initial treatment will then mate and their offspring will inherit that same resistance making future treatments completely ineffective. This has become a trend with pesticides in use today.
Bed bugs hide in unreachable locations- Bed bugs typically hid in small protected areas that may be impossible to reach or spray with chemicals. They hide in the smallest of cracks in beds, walls, baseboards, electrical outlets, furniture, and even within box springs and electronic devises (TV's, Computers etc.) Contacting these hiding bed bugs may be impossible, not to mention spraying chemicals on these items may be unsafe and illegal.
Chemicals cause bed bugs to scatter and spread - Unless the chemicals are sprayed directly on the bed bugs they will seldom kill them. Even when sprayed directly, the "resistant" bed bugs will not die and may cause bigger problems as previously described. Bed bugs are known to be sensitive to the "residual" of chemicals and pesticides and avoid them. Therefore, by spraying chemicals around the perimeter of an infected area, it will not usually kill them but instead make them scatter and spread hiding deeper in cracks and crevices until the residues wear off. Since bed bugs can live up to a year without feeding, they will survive long enough to simply return once it is safe to do so. Worse yet, those bed bugs will likely begin searching for new places to feed and will spread to the bedroom across the hallway or even go next door.
Chemicals do not kill bed bug eggs and will require multiple treatments - Since an infested area is sure to have eggs, a chemical treatment is always going to require multiple treatments. Bed bug eggs typically hatch every 5 to 16 days (depending on conditions) and those baby "Nymphs" will avoid the chemical residuals just like the adults will. Therefore, the newly hatched nymphs will seek shelter and be unreachable by the next chemical treatment. The multiple treatments required to "Break the cycle" is usually ineffective and can become quite expensive and inconvenient, dragging out for even weeks or months.
Some items may need to be discarded- Many people have been told to throw away beds, furniture or other infected items due to ineffectiveness of using chemicals. These losses add to the costs of chemical treatment that you can see are not likely to be effective anyways.
Invasive pre-treatment - Chemicals often require a lot of preparation time by the client and is a highly invasive process. In order to contact as many bed bugs as possible, the exterminator will need access to nearly every inch of your bed, dressers, nightstands, and any other items to allow spraying access to every possible hiding place. This may require removing many items from their stored locations etc.
Chemicals are toxic - The need for repeated chemical treatments required can cause a cumulative effect of residual pesticides to build up. Although these chemicals may be deemed as "Safe" do you want restricted chemicals in your bedroom and home.
Why heat works better than chemicals to kill bed bugs-
Heat can kill ALL CYCLES of bed bugs in ONE treatment- No bed bugs are resistant to heat and temperature above 120 degrees F and will kill bed bugs, their eggs and larvae in a matter of minutes. These being a once and done service.
Heat can penetrate walls and other unreachable places - when properly done, the extreme heat used to kill bed bugs can be forced into mattresses, box springs, furniture, walls, cracks and crevices to kill the bed bugs wherever they may be hiding. Since bed bugs are attracted to heat, they are less likely to scatter during treatment and are sometimes actually encountered leaving hiding spots and moving towards the heat.
No items need to be discarded- The heat can penetrate and treat nearly all items in your home and there is no need to discard of expensive beds, furniture, electronics, or anything else that was infected prior to treatment.
Relatively simple "pre-treatment" responsibility - Since the heat will penetrate most items during treatment using forced air from fans, Green Thermal Solutions will not need as much access into dressers, drawers, and other items as would typically be needed to do a chemical treatment.
Heat treatment is 100% Eco Friendly and non toxic - The heat treatment does not require any toxic chemicals. This making it 100% Eco Friendly and safe for humans and pets. You can enter your residence hours after your treatment.