The Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Disease Control, and the United States Department of Agriculture all agree that bed bugs are a public health threat. Bed bugs feed on their human hosts and cause itchy bites. If you have fallen victim to a bed bug infestation, know that you aren’t alone. Bed bugs do not discriminate against income, race, or location. Everyone can suffer from an infestation at any time. At Eagle Pest Services, we are experts in treating bed bugs and work with you to remove, clean, and prevent infestations from coming back.
How to treat infestations?
The most effective treatment for ridding your home of bed bugs is heat treatments. Eagle Pest Services was one of the first companies in the Metro D.C. area to offer Thermal Remediation. We offer this whole-room heat treatment option because it is the proven way to exterminate bed bugs and their eggs. This is also a great option for those that are chemically sensitive. According to the University of Minnesota, bed bugs and eggs die within 90 minutes at 118 °F or immediately at 122 °F. Due to this, heat is much more effective than chemical alternatives. We recommend using the Thermal Remediation system because the heat will get up to 135 °F and no higher. This makes this option safe for your home and eco-friendly, while being the most effective way to kill bed bugs and their eggs.
How Thermal Remediation Works
After inspecting and confirming that there is a bed bug infestation, our team will bring in all of the necessary equipment for Thermal Remediation. This option is the most successful because it can penetrate through walls, mattresses, and other places that are difficult to cover with chemicals. We will bring heaters and temperature sensors into the infested areas. Our experts will then monitor the heat levels and operations from a safe distance. Once the room has come to temperature, the heating elements will stay in place for a minimum of 60 minutes. The custom-designed high-temperature fans will circulate the heated air throughout the affected area to ensure that all of the spaces, even the hardest to reach areas, are covered from the heat. Usually, only one treatment is needed to kill the infestation. Even the eggs are unable to survive the high temperatures, so you don’t need to worry about subsequent hatching.
After the completion of our Thermal Remediation treatment, our pest control advisors will provide you with steps to take to avoid reinfestation in the future. Understanding the cause of the infestation in the first place will be the biggest way to prevent future reinfestation. The EPA says that increase in travel is one of the biggest culprits in the spread of bed bugs. They also suggest always checking any second-hand furniture prior to bringing it into your home, purchasing a protective cover for your mattress and box springs and reducing clutter.
Get Help Today
If you believe you may have a bed bug infestation, it is important to treat it as soon as possible. Give us a call today at 1-888-616-8739 or complete our online inspection form to start the bed bug treatment process.