Effective bed bug solutions the past decade taught PMPs

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March 14, 2018

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March 14, 2018


Steve Goscinsky, Technical Representative, Ensystex

Bed bugs have been in the forefront of the pest management industry for over a decade. While we continue to learn how to effectively deal with this pest, there are some basics that the past decade has taught us. I was introduced to servicing for this pest in 2006. What I have found to be effective can be summed up as follows:
 

1. Like all pests, a thorough inspection is a must.

Bed bugs can be anywhere in a room. I’ve even found them behind pictures hanging on a wall. Become familiar with identifying all stages of the life cycle, including eggs. Clutter can make servicing extremely difficult, and must always be considered when inspecting and pricing a job.
 

2. Effective treatment methods are plentiful these days.

If you are looking for quick knockdown, consider adding a synergized pyrethrin concentrate (SC) to your tank mix. The application of a dust following the application of a dual active liquid SC should be considered. Some companies will apply dust as standard procedure following the application of a liquid SC.

Fumigation is fast and extremely effective. Many licensed fumigators typically will work for a non-licensed company under contract.

The same applies to using heat as a non-chemical method, but keep in mind you must be able to achieve at least 130°F. Be sure the area treated will retain the heat, and there is nothing present that might be damaged by the prolonged high temperature.

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