The Pros & Cons of Different Bed Bug Treatments

, | 10/04/2023


There are different options to choose from when it comes to bed bug treatments. Different pest control companies have specific techniques they like to use to eradicate these pests, but which one is the most effective? The truth is, it can depend on things like the level of infestation you’re dealing with, where the bed bugs are, and certain other factors. Brilliex Pest Control offers bed bug exterminator services in Toronto, Richmond HillMississaugaBramptonScarboroughVaughanOakville & more.

There are also pros and cons to all of the bed bug treatment options, and today we’re going to share them with you.

Conventional insecticide treatment for bed bugs:

At Brilliex Pest Control, we believe conventional insecticide treatment for bed bugs is the most effective and practical option for small infestations. They’re especially effective when combined with mattress encasements, HEPA vacuums, and other direct treatment options.

There are many advantages to opting for this treatment method.

Since conventional treatments can be used in a focused manner, treatments done with insecticides are more discreet than other methods. You won’t have to worry about neighbors or customers seeing large equipment being brought into your home or business.

We understand some homeowners are concerned about the type of chemicals used for bed bug extermination. But rest assured, at Brilliex Pest Control, we only use safe and proven treatments.

While conventional insecticide treatment is an effective way to get rid of bed bugs if you’re dealing with a small infestation, a bigger problem might require a different method. Some bed bug species have also proven to be immune to certain pesticides. Combining a conventional spray method with another bed bug treatment is the most comprehensive and effective treatment option.

Certain materials shouldn’t be sprayed with chemicals, so whether or not this method is right for you can depend on where your infestation occurs. A different method is required if certain items or materials need bed bug treatment but could not withstand the chemical treatment.

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Heat treatment:

Getting rid of bed bugs with heat treatment is another effective way to eradicate these pests. Once temperatures reach 45°C+, bed bugs are killed within seconds. This means there’s no way for bed bugs to hide or escape from the heat. Even the clever ones who try to hide in nooks and crannies can’t escape the heat.

If you decide on professional heat treatment for bed bugs, heaters are brought into your home that increase the temperature to at least 45°C or 113°F. No matter their life stage, all bed bugs are killed in under 10 minutes. The biggest advantage of this treatment method is that the heat can reach all areas of your home. This includes the furniture, floors, walls, clothing, etc. so any bed bugs are eradicated.

Bigger equipment is required for bed bug heat treatment, which means it can be a less discreet option than chemical treatment. But if you hire Brilliex Pest Control for bed bug treatment in Toronto, you can be sure we always do our best to be discreet and maintain your privacy.

Homeowners will need to be prepared to leave the home for most of the day (or days) while heat treatment takes place, so this is something to keep in mind. Some preparation is required so the heat and air can adequately flow through the home as well.

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Another bed bug treatment method you may have heard of is freezing. But using do-it-yourself treatment methods, bed bugs need to be exposed to temperatures below -18 degrees Celsius for at least four days to be thoroughly eradicated.

According to one study from the Entomological Society of America:

“The authors found that to achieve 100% mortality, a minimum exposure time of 80 hours at minus 16 degrees Celsius is required for all life stages. Temperatures below minus 15 degrees Celsius are sufficient to control all life stages of bed bugs after 3.5 days, while temperatures below minus 20 degrees Celsius require only 48 hours. They also observed bed bug eggs surviving in short-term exposures to temperatures as low as minus 25 degrees Celsius.”

Some homeowners use this method for getting bed bugs out of clothes and other soft fabrics. They’ll place their items in the freezer for several days to kill bed bugs and their eggs.

This isn’t an effective option for treating the entire home, because it can’t be done on furniture and other big items. But there is a professional freezing option as well. Some professionals use specialized equipment to generate tiny particles of “snow” from carbon dioxide. The snow doesn’t leave harmful residue on clothing, bedding, or other sensitive items, so thorough treatment can be performed without sacrificing the quality of your belongings.

The most effective bed bug treatment:

While each treatment has its pros and cons, we’ve learned a lot about the most effective ways to get rid of bed bugs over the years at Brilliex Pest Control. Time and time again, an integrated pest management (IPM) protocol proves to be the most comprehensive choice.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is not only an effective approach to pest management, but it’s also environmentally sensitive.

Our IPM bed bug treatment starts with a comprehensive inspection of your home or business. This allows us to identify problem areas and come up with the safest and most effective course of action. Next, our experienced and friendly staff answers all your questions and guides you to prepare the area for treatment. On the day of your service, we effectively treat the area and monitor in the future for any new bed bug activity.

We guarantee to get rid of bed bugs for good so you can sleep without the fear of bed bug bites.

Call us today to find out how to get rid of your bed bug infestation. We look forward to hearing from you.

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