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Bed bugs are resilient and difficult to eradicate. They can lie dormant and hide out for more than a year without eating. Traditional toxic methods have a short half-life so they typically only provide a 30 day guarantee. Heat treatment and toxic gas fumigation are expensive, disruptive, inconvenient, and they don’t work beyond the day of treatment. Because they leave nothing behind to kill bed bugs the next day, the next month or the next year, if these treatment methods miss any bed bugs or new ones are introduced to your home, you will experience a new infestation and must be re-treated.
Cimi-Shield – the completely non-toxic product we use - can stay in place for more than a year and kills existing bed bugs as well as any new ones that you may accidentally introduce. Non-toxic Cimi-Shield is your best bed bug solution. It is safe for you, your pets, and the environment. Call 510-886-1236 now for your personal quote, our famous rapid response, and learn about our non-toxic, low cost solution with a one-year conditional warranty.
Our Revolutionary Non-Toxic Method
100% Non-Toxic Cimi-Shield: The “Virtual Minefield”
Bedbugs eat only blood -- primarily yours while you are sleeping. They seek you based on the carbon dioxide you exhale and the heat your body gives off. As the bed bugs attempt to travel back and forth to the bed while you are sleeping, they will cross a “Virtual Minefield” of billions of particles of Cimi-Shield. The trip will kill them in minutes to hours.Cimi-Shieldʼs manufacturer claims that it is made from 100% non-toxic, food grade soy bean materials (click here to see relevant data from their web site). We just say that it is ultra low-toxic.
It is a “GRAS (25b) Material” as defined by the Federal EPA” in the Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act or “FIFRA”
(Click here to see the relevant parts of the EPA website).
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GRAS stands for Generally Regarded As Safe. 25b is the section of FIFRA that exempts these GRAS materials from registration as pesticides. Cimi-Shield is a presented as a 100% non-toxic, proprietary soybean-derived product. It is not a neurotoxin; it works mechanically by dissolving the waxy coating on the bed bugʼs exoskeleton so the bug dehydrates and dies minutes after contact. Since mammals like people, dogs, and cats donʼt have a waxy coating, we arenʼt affected. This is a nanoscience material with particles so small (10 microns) that a single layer of them would put 5 million particles on a postage stamp, and that layer would be 1/10th the thickness of a sheet of paper. You will have about 100 billion of these particles creating a “Virtual Minefield” working for you all over your residence.
Moreover, seen under an electron microscope, the particles extremely rough, and they stick to fabric, carpet, and the fine hairs on the bugs as if they were burrs. You donʼt have to worry about vacuuming it out and field studies show it is still working for you a year later! We spray Cimi-Shield on all of your carpet, bed frames, mattresses, box springs, bedspreads, drapes, upholstered furniture, parts of the walls, and anywhere else the bugs may travel. While they are attempting to access your bed they are getting it all over them. Since they canʼt actually defeat the “Island Fortress”, they will march around in frustration thereby getting even more contact with the Cimi-Shield. They wonʼt survive.
We have used it on some heavily infested locations and on heavily infested beds and furniture with outstanding results. It is virtually odorless and dries quickly so, if we start at the beginning of the day, you can reoccupy by the time the kids return from school or you come home from work. It works rapidly; weʼve seen bugs dying from dehydration within minutes or hours..
100% Non-Toxic Mechanical Controls: The “Island Fortress”
We use 100% non- toxic Mechanical Controls which turn your resting/sleeping areas into “Island Fortresses.” Since bedbugs donʼt jump or fly, they must walk onto your bed or couch in order to get a meal for survival. In fact, about 90 % of bedbugs currently in your property are already living in your beds, couches, or chairs just waiting for you to fall asleep. We use bed bug-proof encasements around the mattresses and box springs to trap them inside and thereby starve them. This also prohibits new bed bugs from getting into your mattresses and box springs for as long as you own them. We also use mechanical isolators which 1) prevent bugs from climbing the bed frame, and 2) position the bed at least 6-12” from the walls so bugs canʼt gain access by climbing the walls either. This puts the beds off limits from then onward. That leaves only a fraction of the bugs for us to deal with: those living farther away in furniture, walls, under carpets, etc. Now we have the advantage since we know exactly where the bugs will be heading and we have a plan to intercept and kill them on their journey. Frankly, we are skeptical of any bedbug control method which does not incorporate an “Island Fortress” approach.
Here is a recap of why we recommend this new approach:
- It is extremely low toxic. The manufacturer says it is 100% non-toxic.
- The material does not harm humans, dogs, or cats.
- It kills bugs in minutes and itsʼ residual kills bugs for up to 12 months.
- It dries fast, is virtually odorless, and a single service usually suffices.
- The encasements protect your beds from all bugs and stains so they last longer.
- You donʼt have to bag your food or do much preparation.
- You donʼt have to move out while the service is being done.
- Itsʼ cost is very reasonable.
Welcome to the revolution. You have come to the right place.
Comparing Other Options To Our Cimi-Shield
Here Are The Other Options Along With Their Pros And Cons:
Kills bed bugs with hot air. Temperatures over 125 degrees for 15
minutes will kill all bedbug life stages, but you must heat the rooms to 140-150 degrees for 4-5 hours so that the heat eventually penetrates all the way into walls, furniture, and especially under carpets. This also requires moving all of the furniture a couple of feet away from the walls and up off the carpet so that air flow can be evenly circulated by fans. Drawers should be taken out of the dressers, and closets partially or fully emptied since tightly packed clothes can act as insulation and keep the heat from fully penetrating the dresser drawers. It may be difficult to get the outer walls fully heated if the outside temperature is below 40 degrees. If you are on a slab foundation, the concrete slab and the ground it touches will act as a heat sink and it may be difficult to get the entire area under the carpet up to 125 degrees. If any areas do not reach the target temperature, some bugs may survive to create a later infestation. The process usually takes all day for at least a two-person crew and the equipment is expensive, therefore this can be an expensive alternative. If your building has fire sprinklers, you may not be able to use this method or steps may need to be taken so that sprinklers are not set off by the heat. You will have to have people, pets, and plants out of the building as the heat would be lethal to them. The biggest problem is that a heat treatment leaves absolutely no residual effect even the next day so you could get re-infested easily.
Appropriate only in special situations. The cold effect is created when highly compressed carbon dioxide gas is spayed out of a special nozzle as “dry ice” which is far colder than frozen water. It looks like snow, but it melts rapidly into a gas so the surface dries very fast. It is best for a spot treatment; you canʼt effectively do a whole bedroom with it. Also, the pressure from the nozzle could blow some bedbugs away before it kills them. That could spread the problem. It will not penetrate walls as fumigation or heat will, and it requires some expensive application equipment. The cold from the carbon dioxide can cause condensation of moisture in the air which could lead to mold if items are not allowed to fully dry. Cryogenic treatment leaves no lasting residual to kill bedbugs in the future.
(Wet Heat) is appropriate only in special cases. You might use it for bedding or furniture, but you must let the treated material dry fully or you may have future mold and mildew problems. At 220-300 degrees, it is hotter than the 140 degrees of dry heat, therefore it could damage some furniture finishes. Also, the steam pressure could blow away some bedbugs at the treatment edges causing the problem to spread.
Steam will not penetrate walls unless holes are drilled. It does not leave any lasting residual to help you in the future.
This is seldom used for bedbugs because itʼs expensive, dangerous, time consuming, ugly, and not very flexible. There can be damage to the landscape, roof, or other parts of the structure from the erecting and removal of the ugly tent that is required to contain the gas. Done properly, fumigation absolutely kills everything under the tent enclosure (including plants, people, and animals if they arenʼt removed). Therefore, you will have to bag your food, remove your plants, and move out while the treatment is done. The poison gas penetrates walls, furniture and carpets.
This ability to penetrate walls combined with its deadliness makes it impractical or impossible to do less than an entire structure. Therefore, you canʼt do just part of a house or one unit of a condo or apartment development, or one room in a hotel, dormitory, hospital, or office structure. Fumigation for bedbugs requires double strength use of deadly nerve gas which makes it both more expensive and more dangerous. Finally, it leaves no effective residual at all once the ugly tent is removed from the structure, and it doesnʼt put a barrier between you and future bedbugs should you ever be reinfested.
This is our least favorite option. The bedbug epidemic has increased by 15-25% yearly for over a decade despite widespread use of this traditional approach. Many bedbugs have developed resistance to the various neurotoxins currently available. This approach requires heavy coverage throughout your residence which exposes you to more toxicity than necessary. Recently, there was an article in one of our trade magazines where one company bragged that it could achieve control 80% of the time with just three visits. That means that 20% of the time they need to come back for a fourth, fifth, or sixth visit to get control. Thatʼs a lot of disruption and way too many toxic pesticide treatments! Further, one major group of pesticides used today is pyrethroids which tend to be repellent. That could spread the infestation further around your house. Because these are toxic materials, they must have biodegradability. This approach does not leave an effective long-term residual and may require more toxic applications in the future.
At Bed Bugs all Gone you will enjoy the best overall value and results.
- - We respond rapidly to anywhere in the San Francisco Bay Area and work long hours, six days a week to make sure you get the absolute best service…quickly, thoroughly and safely.
- - Your family and pets are totally safe since our treatment is non-toxic. We use Cimi-Shield, guaranteed by the manufacturer to be 100% non-toxic and “Generally Regarded As Safe” (GRAS) by the EPA. Its active ingredient is soybean oil, a natural substance which dissolves the bug’s waxy coating so bed bugs die from dehydration in just two to eight hours after exposure to Cimi-Shield.
- You have to do little or no preparation before we come out.
- - You get zero surprises since our fees are clearly noted (see the Best Value). In speaking with you by phone, we inform you that our fees vary depending on whether the property is vacant or occupied; unfurnished or furnished; and/or the level of infestation and clutter. We can give you a firm quote by phone 510-886-1236
- Non-toxic Cimi-Shield treatment kills bed bugs for an entire year and comes with a standard one year conditional warranty.
- We offer K-9 inspections. K-9’s have over 1,000 times the scenting ability of humans; it is incredible! Dogs are far more accurate in finding bed bugs than a human doing a physical inspection since bed bugs hide during the day. Our dog, Megan, is specially trained and is faster and far more precise than any human inspection.
- - We are local and family owned. Our owner was born in Palo Alto and received his degrees at Stanford. Our dog handler did her graduate work at San Jose State University.