Bed Bug Treatment

Bed Bug Treatment & Control in the Home

Bed bug control or treatment can be confusing to say the least. From billboard ads to media stories, types of treatments are discussed and it seems that everyone has their favorite method of treatment.

Today, professional pest management embraces the concept of Integrated Pest Management or IPM. IPM is a process where there are several steps. First, a thorough inspection is conducted to determine level of infestation or potential for infestation. Second, prevention or control measures are implemented. Finally, the effectiveness of the control measures is evaluated. Thus, an IPM program is a holistic approach to pest management.

Currently bed bug treatment is challenging at best for the homeowner and is not really practical. Specialized training and equipment are required.

There is a wide range of treatment strategies for control of bed bugs. These include heat treatment, freezing or cold treatment, low moisture steam, use of products specifically designed to control bed bugs, such as alcohol based sanitizers, fumigation using a gas to permeate all areas where bed bugs hide, and others. All methods have advantages and disadvantages depending on the level of infestation, the type of structure, and occupant needs. New technologies are developed frequently as bed bug infestations are a serious and growing concern.

There are several types of bed bug detection units currently available as well. These range in size from about the size of a brief case to the size of a small laptop computer. The objective of these units is to determine if bed bugs are present in a room. There are also sticky traps to monitor as well as cups with oil or talc which are placed under bed legs which trap bed bugs to prevent and monitor.

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