Bed bugs have become an increasingly problematic pest and can infest homes, cars, and offices throughout the world. The ease of travel makes bed bug infestations more common than ever. Airplane luggage compartments and hotel rooms are 2 ways for your luggage to become infested with bed bugs. When these bugs enter your home, it may not take long for them to reproduce and infest different rooms throughout your home. Most reputable pest control companies offer bed bug extermination services, but almost all of them have conditions that need to be met prior to the start of the exterminating services.
Pest control companies usually offer chemical treatments for bed bugs. These treatments generally include applying a pesticide to the baseboards of all affected rooms, treating mattresses and box springs, and treating upholstered furniture. These treatments normally need to be completed more than once, as some bed bugs may not cross the path of the pesticide while it is still toxic. In order to reach the areas to be treated, items along the walls generally need to be pulled away 18” – 24” toward the center of the room. Some companies recommend removing the switch plate covers and light covers as well, as those areas may be treated. Some homes may be cluttered or the residents may not be physically able to complete the checklists. These are ideal situations to hire a bed bug cleaning company.
Many pest control companies now offer heat treatments. Bed bugs are predominantly comprised of water, so heating a home to a certain temperature, generally 140 degrees for 8 hours, will cause the bed bugs and their eggs to burst, thereby killing them. These treatments are generally much more expensive, but have higher success rates than chemical treatments alone. However, due to the excessive heat, many items need to be removed from the home to prevent them from melting or exploding. Bed bug cleaning companies can assist in finding areas to stage these items during the heat process.
Almost all pest control companies recommend drying all loose linens in the home on high heat for 30 minutes prior to the pest control treatments. However, most homes only have one dryer, and it would take 20+ loads to properly dry them all. Dryers in homes are not equipped to handle the sheer volume of clothing in the home, so many homes with bed bugs experience extreme delays in treatment, as the linens cannot be properly laundered in a reasonable time frame. Bed bug cleaning companies can bag the linens, take them to a laundromat, dry them properly, and place them in new bags to return to the home so the home treatments can be completed.
Most people are capable of completing bed bug preparation checklists, but if you are short on time, grossed out by the thought of bugs, physically unable to complete the checklists, or simply don’t have the desire to do so, you can always hire a bed bug cleaning company. If you need bed bug pre-cleaning services in South Carolina, call Palmetto Commercial Services at (803) 479-0812 or https://www.palmettocommercialservices.com/bed-bug-pre-cleaning-south-carolina/.