Steam, Chemical Treatments
Seattle Sound Bed Bug Exterminator
At Northwest K9 Bed Bug Detectives, we understand the stress you may be feeling in handling a situation like a bed bug infestation. We take the time with each client to listen and assess their situation, how the infestation may have happened, then, to work with them to provide all the necessary information they will need so they can make the best bed bug treatment choice for their company or residence.
We have the specialized training, skills, education, and services to address every size and stage of an infestation. Our technicians are certified on using “Best Bed Bug Management Practices”. Adhering to the highest standards in the industry for education and quality ensures our customers are receiving the most professional standard of detection, prevention, and elimination available. We couple this with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to pest management.
Using an IPM approach means we take all factors into consideration and will not offer you a “one size fits all approach.” The Pest Control Operating Study Manual defines IPM:
“Integrated Pest Management is a coordinated decision-making and action process that uses the most appropriate pest control methods and strategies in an environmentally and economically sound manner to meet customer objectives.” (Pest Control Operator Manual). It is important that you understand that dealing with Bed Bugs is not the same as any other pest infestation you may have encountered before.
Our bed bug treatments include thermal heat, steam, and chemical. Each infestation is different and may require a different solution. At Northwest K9 Bed Bug Detectives, we use only safe, non-toxic, environmentally friendly solutions for bed bug infestations as well as traditional chemical solutions.
Prevention and Early Detection
PREVENTION IS THE BEST TOOL AGAINST A BED BUG INFESTATION. As part of our bed bug treatment package, we provide consultation for companies to establish proactive plans for their establishments. This will help them prevent and detect any new infestations from taking hold in their buildings, hotels, community living, retirement homes, schools, retail stores, and all the areas that are high-risk environments for bed bug infestations.
Early detection combined with a prompt response to an infestation is the key to quickly controlling and/or eliminating bed bugs and requires a coordinated effort between involved parties. There are unique challenges to exterminating a bed bug infestation. It is important to understand up front what the challenges are regarding bed bug infestations. Traditional insecticide treatments have proven not to be very effective and single unit treatments also do not work well.
Why can’t I just use my regular pest control company?
If regular, conventional methods worked well with bed bugs, there would not be a growing epidemic, pandemic situation now. Specialized training is necessary to fully understand and offer the best method to customers so bed bug treatment can be done in the most cost efficient and timely manner in conjunction with an aggressive well-planned treatment plan. Pesticide resistance is one big reason traditional treatments fail. Click here to find the individual study results.
Pesticide Resistance (Why Bed Bug Spray Sometimes Does Not Work)
A brief overview of the results in the study done by the University of Kentucky showed bed bugs have been shown in some areas to be completely immune to pyrethroid group insecticides.
- Pyrethrins are the most widely used pesticides due to their low toxicity to animals and pets.
- According to a study by the University of Kentucky, they found bugs that were confined in place on top of an area where fresh residues from pesticides had been sprayed and did not die, even when the dose was 200-300 times the recommended label rates!
Why do treatments fail?
- Single room treatments are one reason.
A University of Virginia Tech study by Dina Miller, Ph.D., study found that…
- One of the reasons that bed bug management has failed so miserably in apartments is that control has been approached on a unit by unit basis. Managers have attempted to charge the tenants to stop reporting infestations. Management has also neglected to take a leadership role in addressing bed bug infestations, relying on the efforts of their pest management company who may be inexperienced in bed bug control, but offers an inexpensive price.
- It is time for a change. It is time for management associations to take charge of what is happening in their buildings. It is time to accept the fact that bed bugs are now regular members of the apartment community and their management must become part of the regular maintenance program. It is also time to hire a pest control company with documented experience in bed bug management and to develop a community action plan for bed bug management in multi-unit housing.
How Long Do Pesticide Treatments Take In Comparison and how effective are they?
Pesticide treatments can be effective if the infestation is in the very early stages and the bugs have not spread into multiple areas in the home. Smaller infestations allow the room and the contents within to be treated. The second part of having a successful outcome with traditional pesticide treatments is the homeowners must follow the extensive preparation exactly as outlined by the Pest Control Professional.
In many cases, three to four treatments may be necessary, scheduled every two weeks to completely eliminate an infestation. Clothing and other items that have been placed in bags to be treated need to remain bagged until all bed bug treatments are completed.
If infestations have spread, the number of areas the bugs hide increases too, thus making the use of pesticides less effective because there is no way to know for certain where all of the eggs and bugs are located. Bed bugs will hide in anything or anywhere in a home where they can find a dark crevice, fold, or other areas. This is when more aggressive methods such as thermal heat are more effective.
We are regularly contacted by bed bug infested home and business owners because their attempts at do-it-yourself methods did not resolve the problems. High-quality professional pesticide treatments use a combination of techniques and products only a Licensed Pest Control Operator can purchase to eliminate infestations. The key is to successful bed bug elimination is to accurately assess the size and scope of the infestation and develop and implement the most effective solution delivered by a skilled professional that understands and has experience managing bed bug infestations.
Understanding the biology, habits, and different reactions are essential tools to remedy an infestation in the most safe, efficient, and successful manner.
What makes NW K9 Bed Bug Detectives different from other pest control companies?
We specialize in bed bug management focusing solely on bed bug inspection, detection, prevention, and elimination and do not offer services for other pests. We walk our customers through the entire process of preparation and how they can help prevent a re-infestation in the future.
Our specialized training and skills offer the most effective methods to meet our clients’ needs. We can help with detection throughout the process to successfully eradicate bed bug infestations in both commercial and residential situations. Our work is guaranteed and we stand behind our work and strive to provide 100 percent customer satisfaction with every customer! Call us today for a free consultation!