Bed bugs are fairly resistant to most at-home extermination techniques, but research has shown there’s one technique does them in fairly quickly: heat.
Warming Up Your Luggage
Applying heat to your luggage is an effective way to kill bed bugs, but you need to be able to warm the case and contents to at least 160 degrees. Air coming out of a high-powered hair dryer may work, but it can take quite a while to penetrate the interior. The study found that heat worked best at killing bed bugs that are hitchhiking on the outside surface, where just a few minutes of application at these temperatures exterminated 249 out of 250 of the biting insects.
Bigger Problems Require NYC Pest Control Professionals
Finding a small number of bed bugs, or waking up with bed bug bites, means you need to call an exterminator. Smaller infestations don’t always mean you need to throw away your bedding, including your mattress set, but a significant infestation can end up costing you far more money than receiving treatment from a NYC pest control professional.
Bed bug problems need to be taken care of by professionals. Our team at Stern Environmental can handle any type of bed bug infestation in residential or commercial buildings. Give us a call at 1-888-88STERN to find out more about our services.
Since bed bugs started resurfacing in the U.S., the nasty blood-suckers aren’t the only things creeping out of the woodwork. A host of home remedies and homegrown products claiming to kill bed bugs are being marketed. Bed bug experts attending Entomology 2013 had two words of advice for consumers: “Buyer beware!”
In tests by a Rutgers University research team, most of the do-it-yourself bed bug treatments tested failed to deliver on their promises. For example, one of the most popular home remedies, rubbing alcohol, killed fewer than half of the exposed adult bed bugs and none of the immature bed bugs or eggs. Results with moth balls were equally ineffective.
Pest control professionals say the fact that adult, immatures and eggs respond differently to treatment methods is one of the things that makes bed bug extermination such a challenge. Professional chemicals used to kill bed bugs have no effect on eggs, necessitating multiple treatments to kill successive generations. That’s one of the big advantages of Stern’s Cyronite system. Unlike other bed bug extermination treatments, Cryonite instantly kills bed bugs at all phases of development, including bed bug eggs.
Professional treatment by an experienced bed bug expert is the best way to exterminate bed bug infestations, but conference experts also recommended a few DYI products. We’ll reveal their recommendations next time.