Did Bed Bug Heat Treatment Spark Another Inferno? Part II Of II

Continuing from Friday…

New York City pest control professionals say that bed bug infestations are not considered a health threat as they are not known to spread diseases to humans, but they are not an easy pest to eliminate once they have made your home or business their home.  In the United States, over-the-counter pesticides have proven to be ineffective on bed bug treatments, and in many cases, cause the infestation to worsen, as the bugs tend to spread from room to room.

Out of sheer desperation, many homeowners have resorted to unsafe practices as a means of ridding their homes of the blood thirsty pests.  There have been many reports of homeowners, and untrained pest control applicators, using pesticides that are intended for exterior use, on the interior of homes, to eradicate bed bugs.  There have been other reports of people applying dangerous chemicals on their clothing, bedding, carpets, children and themselves in an effort to try to avoid being bitten by bed bugs.  These practices have proven to be very dangerous to humans and pets.

Bed bugs cannot stand the heat so some exterminators are using heat treatment as a means of treating bed bug infestations.  Bed bugs and their eggs are subject to death at temperatures over 120 degrees.  When typical heat treatment is used, propane tanks are attached to heaters which raise the temperature of the structure for several hours, baking all creepy critters and their eggs inside.  Because of the extreme heat used, there have been occasions when fires have erupted when this treatment has been utilized.  WCPO.com reported on May 15, 2011 of a home in Cincinnati, Ohio that caught fire when bed bug heat treatment was being used.  You may read the article here.

As an alternative to extreme heat treatments, Stern Environmental Group offers the opposite…rapid freezing.  Cryonite is extremely effective at killing bed bugs as well as all other types of pests.  It’s non-toxic and will kill bed bugs in all stages of their life by freezing them to death!

When you have a bed bug infestation, it’s important to choose a pest control professional with experience in safe and effective bed bug eradication procedures.  For expert bed bug removal services in New York and New Jersey, contact Stern Environmental Group.