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Other Types of Treatments

Used By Exterminators in San Francisco Bay Area

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 well beyond the day of treatment. Since 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 need to have your residence 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 (800) 865-5119 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

Bedbugs eat only blood -- primarily yours while you are sleeping. They seek you out 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 soybean materials.

The following are treatment methods not used by our San Francisco Bay Area exterminators:

Dry Heat Treatment

Kills bed bugs with hot air. Temperatures over 125 degrees for 15 minutes will kill all bed bug 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 55 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 heat process usually takes all day for at least a two-person crew and the equipment is state-of-the-art, 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.

Cryogenic (Cold) Treatment

Appropriate only in special situations. The cold effect is created when highly compressed carbon dioxide gas is sprayed 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 extremely fast. It is best for a spot treatment; you cannot 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.

Steam Treatment

(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.

Fumigation with Poison Gas

This is seldom used for bedbugs because it’s 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 unappealing 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 aren’t removed). Therefore, you will have to bag your food, remove your plants, and move out for a few days 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 can’t 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 the 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 doesn’t put a barrier between you and future bedbugs should you ever be re-infested.

Traditional Neurotoxic Pesticides

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 a company bragged that it could achieve control 80% of the time with just 3 visits. That means that 20% of the time they need to come back for a fourth, fifth, or sixth visit to get control. That’s 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. This approach does not leave an effective long-term residual and may require more toxic applications in the future.

To learn more about our treatment methods and why ours are superior to others, please either call us today at (800) 865-5119 or contact us online. Call now and speak with one of our experienced exterminators in San Francisco Bay Area and the Big Valley.