We’re going to go out on a limb and say bed bugs are creepy and disgusting for most people. They cause genuine psychological effects in those who have been unfortunate enough to have experienced them first hand. In the haste of an infestation many may make the ill-advised decision to hire the first pest control company who has an opening in their schedule. This could produce numerous, unintended consequences.
Both Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promote an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program for bed bug control. IPM is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with people and the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.
Working WITH Pest Control Companies
Pest control professionals are properly trained and licensed to treat for specific infestations such as bed bugs. Although pest control have methods in place to treat a space for bugs, mattresses and box springs are many times left with stains and other remnants from bed bugs. In most cases, we have been able to remove any traces of a past infestation. Our service provides a cost-effective alternative to replacing a mattress.
How Much Heat to Kill Bed Bugs
Numerous studies have demonstrated the thermal death of bed bugs is reached around temperatures of 118 °F. They go on to show that if sustained for 20 minutes the thermal mortality limit of bed bugs can be obtained.
The temperature in our Clean Sleep Machine exceeds and sustains temperatures above 140°F and is safely contained inside our heating chamber. Our approach has proved to benefit both customers and the pest control companies we’ve worked with. Understanding the importance of utilizing an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to provide the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment is the key to realizing not only the financial, but also health benefits.
As a consumer, it is always in your best interest to ask your service professional questions to ensure that you are well aware of what is taking place in your home. Pesticides can be very dangerous if not applied correctly. By working at the direction of experienced pest control companies Clean Sleep is able to enhance the quality of service for both residential and commercial customers.