Bed bugs, Cimex lectularius L., have been associated with humans for at least the past 3,500 years (Panagiotakopulu & Buckland 1999). These insects hide in cracks and crevices making detection and control extremely challenging. This is especially true when bed bug aggregations occur on beds, furniture, and even objects such as books. Adult bed bugs are roughly ¼ inch long and 1/8 inch wide (6.5mm long & 3mm wide), are reddish brown in colour and often compared to the size of an apple seed. Nymphs are visible but hard to see and can be as small as 1/32 inch (0.8mm). Bed bug eggs are very hard to see with the naked eye. They are white, have a pearly sheen and are found clustered together.
A true sign of bed bug activity is the presence of fecal smears, which resemble rust stains, on mattresses, box springs and bedding. Bed bugs are often introduced to a facility by “hitchhiking” on objects such as incoming supplies, personal belongings, equipment, etc. Any employee or guest with a bed bug issue at home could unknowingly bring them into the facility. Bed bugs are crawlers and often spread by crawling to new areas.
We use an Integrated Pest Management Technique, consisting of two types of treatments – Heat Remediation and Bed Bug Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
Heat Remediation Treatment: For severe infestation, heat remediation exceeding 130°F is required. Lethal heat treatment exceeding 122°F kills Bed Bugs and eggs.
Bed Bug (IPM) Treatment: Consist of two (2) treatments, approximately 2 weeks apart. Concentrated heat with federally regulated liquid residual insecticide to areas of activity using steam is applied to all upholstered furniture. The liquid residual insecticide has a half-life of continued effectiveness approximately 4-6 weeks.
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