South Florida Bed Bug Control Methods
Bed bugs are the things that nightmares are made of! These biting insects can show up in just about any location, such as single-family homes, apartments, hotels, public transportation, day care centers, hospitals, and assisted living facilities – no one is immune to the risks. But rest assured! Nozzle Nolen offers several bed bug treatment options, including heat treatments, structural fumigation, and conventional treatments. The bed bug control method we utilize will depend on whether we’re treating a residential or commercial building and the severity of the infestation.
Heat Technology: Effective in a Single Treatment
You might have heard the saying: If you can’t take the heat, you should get out of the kitchen! This rings true for bed bugs in the bedroom. With our incredibly effective and efficient heat treatment, bed bugs will be out of your home or facility in no time! In fact, once a bed bug is exposed to temperatures higher than 140° F, its exoskeleton will begin to fall apart, and the bug will die. Heat treatment is the best bed bug option for hotels, apartments, and single rooms – and it’s also a service that’s 100 percent green and environmentally friendly.
Nozzle's Four-Step Bed Bug Heat Treatment Process
Nozzle Nolen’s heat treatment is the most powerful bed bug solution we offer. We go above and beyond the industry standards, holding the highest of protocols. Our bed bug heat treatment is fast, thorough, safe, and 100 percent effective when properly executed. Read on for all you need to know about how we perform the procedure.
Step 1: Our team will work with you to help identify the source of the bed bug infestation, eliminate that source, and avoid bringing these pests into your home in the future.
Step 2: Next, we will identify what you need to do in preparation* for the heat treatment. With these treatments, there is often less prep work involved than in other available bed bug treatments.
*NOTE: If you are physically limited and are unable to prepare for the treatment, Nozzle Nolen offers full-service heat preparation at an additional cost.
Step 3: Our heat crew will arrive the morning of the treatment and prepare the house by stacking furniture and installing air-circulating equipment that allows the heat to reach all areas of the home. We will then heat the home to an even 140° F for a minimum of 4 to 6 hours.
In South Florida, most of our homes are made with concrete floors that suck in heat. To effectively eliminate bed bugs, we must use the maximum safe heat levels and maintain those levels for a longer period of time. 140° F is a safe yet effective temperature in bed bug elimination. In fact, it’s no hotter than a sauna! If you’re worried about your home at high temperatures, just think about your parked car in South Florida, which can often exceed temperatures of 160° F, easily.
The entire process takes approximately 8 to 10 hours. In general, Nozzle Nolen takes more time than any other heat treatment company – because we do it right the first time.
Step 4: You return to your home the evening of the treatment and can sleep in your own bed, free of worries and – most importantly – bed bugs.
For apartments, treatment options include a six-month warranty. For hotels, motels, and commercial lodgings, treatment options include a 12-month warranty.
What do bed bugs look like?
An adult bed bug is the size of an apple seed, or 3/16 to 1/4 of an inch long. They are brown and usually flat unless they’ve fed; then, they become balloon-like. Bed bug nymphs are smaller and whitish-yellow (almost translucent) in color. Bed bug eggs are tiny (the size of a pinhead) and pearl white in color.
When are bed bugs most active?
Unlike other insects, bed bug activity is not influenced by seasonal environmental factors. They are active year-round and found everywhere in the United States. Bed bugs are especially prominent in Florida, as it is a popular vacation destination for tourists.
Additional Bed Bug Treatment Options
Structural Fumigation in a Single-Family Home
This treatment is ideal for homes with heavy bed bug infestations. Structural fumigation employs the same methods that are used to treat drywood termites. So, when our team controls your bed bug problem in this manner, you’ll be given a one-year guarantee for termites as well.
Conventional Treatment for Isolated Infestations
Nozzle Nolen also offers conventional treatments for bed bugs in South Florida. Typically, this will consist of treating an isolated infestation with an insecticide.
Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite!
If you reside in South Florida and suffering from a bed bug infestation in your household or commercial building, contact Nozzle Nolen to request a free inspection and get rid of those pesky bed bugs today!