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Pesky Party Crashers: Bed Bugs

This week The New York Post reported that wedding guests staying at a posh, $700-a-night hotel in Murray Hill got more than they bargained for when they left their stay with an unwanted bonus—a bed bug infestation. These uninvited wedding guests left many people covered in bites. Not only was a lovely celebration ruined, but now guests have an added worry as bed bugs are tenacious and may hitch a ride home.

It’s pretty hard to get rid of bed bugs on your own, and there are varying opinions on the most effective methods. At Pointe Pest Control, we are experts in bed bug eradication, and we use cutting-edge options to rid your domicile of these very persistent pests. Here is information on two of these methods.

Heat vs. Chemical Treatment

Chemical:

A pesticide approach to treating bed bugs is commonly used; however, if the proper insecticide isn’t applied, or if it isn’t applied properly, bed bugs can develop resistance to chemicals. In fact, improper application can actually cause the bugs to disperse and spread to surrounding areas.

At Pointe Pest Control, we use a liquid treatment option that creates a barrier between you and the bed bugs. Our insecticide effectively kills the adults, and we also treat their hiding places to eliminate the eggs and nymphs.

Heat:

Luckily, there is a ‘bed bug kryptonite’: high temperatures. Heat treatments are thorough and effective but require a professional who knows exactly how and where to apply. You want a treatment that kills adults and eggs but doesn’t damage materials like varnished wood or cause mold. A proper heat treatment gets rid of even the heaviest bed bug infestation, and one treatment is all it takes.

Bed bugs are excellent at hiding, and there are hundreds of places they can hide in your bedroom alone. They love tiny cracks in your furniture, outlets in your walls, even inside your computer—anywhere there is the tiniest of wiggle room. A heat treatment penetrates everything within the treatment area, so there is no way for the bed bugs to escape. Also, a heat treatment kills bugs at every life stage, so adults, nymphs, and eggs won’t survive.

Don’t let bed bugs ruin your party! The bed bug experts at Pointe Pest Control can eradicate bed bugs without requiring time-consuming preparation and without leaving pesky residue. Give them a call them today.