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Bed Bug Control Options In Southern Florida

September 23, 2016

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Bed bugs are a parasitic pest that happily hitchhike their way into South Florida properties and quickly become part of property owner’s nightmares. Bed bugs hide during the day in hard to reach areas like in the cracks of walls and wooden furniture, behind pictures, baseboards, and outlets, and of course in the seams of mattresses and box springs. They will emerge at night and feed on our blood, leading to sleepless nights for everyone until they are eliminated!

Even though bed bugs have been labeled as a “difficult” pest to get rid of, they are no match for professional bed bug control experts! The most common options for getting rid of bed bugs is using either heat or insecticides. Both are viable options to get rid of a bed bug infestation and we are going to break down both options for you to help you better understand both treatment methods!

Bed bug adults, larvae, and eggs cannot survive high temperatures. The goal with heat remediation is to heat your home to above 114 degrees Fahrenheit, the hot air will penetrate all surfaces causing every bed bug, egg, and larva in your property to die. Below are some of the general steps that are followed when treating a property for bed bugs with heat.

  • Before treatment, furniture, beds, and flooring are thoroughly vacuumed to remove any visible bed bugs.

  • All surfaces in your home should be exposed; drawers, cabinets and closet doors should be opened.

  • Cluttered should be removed from surfaces; i.e. throw out the junk mail and magazines that have built up on your coffee table!

  • Specialized heaters are brought into your home; they work to heat the air in your home to a specific temperature, usually about 120 degrees. The high temperature is held for a period of 3-4 hours, killing any stage of bed bug present.

  • Technicians remain on site during the entire treatment period monitoring the heaters.

  • After treatment is completed the heaters are removed. Specifically at Nozzle Nolen’s we then perform a crack and crevice dry steam treatment on all heavy furniture joints, baseboards, moldings, and like items to ensure a complete bed bug elimination.

Using heat to treat bed bugs is very eco-friendly as it requires the use of zero chemicals, it also usually only requires one treatment, and it allows almost immediate re-entry into your property. At Nozzle Nolen we encourage the use of heat remediation to treat infestations found in hotels, apartments, and infestation that are confined to single rooms of homes.

Conventional bed bug treatments using insecticides is another very effective way to eliminate bed bug infestations, we often recommend this treatment for cases of very isolated bed bug infestations. Like heat there are general steps that are taken when treating a property for bed bugs with insecticides.

  • Beds should be stripped down to bare mattresses and box springs.

  • All surfaces should be thoroughly vacuumed to remove visible dead or alive bed bugs.

  • Clothing and linens in the infested area should be washed prior to treatment and placed into sealed plastic bags.

  • Removed clutter from around your home.

  • Insecticides, residual insecticides, and dust applications are used either on their own or in conjunction with each other to treat your property for bed bugs.

  • Bed bug proof mattress and box spring encasement covers are placed on all mattresses and box springs after treatment.

  • Generally with conventional treatment 2-3 treatments are spaced out over a period of 2-3 weeks to ensure complete elimination.

If bed bugs have made their way into your Southern Florida property, contact the bed bug control experts at Nozzle Nolen. We would be happy to sit down with you and choose which effective bed bug treatment, heat or conventional treatment, suites your South Florida property’s unique needs the best!


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