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Bedbug Treatment Options – What to do when you notice the bugs

Ask anyone that has ever dealt with them and they will tell you that bedbugs are one of the most annoying pests that you can deal with. These tiny creatures can cause a ton of discomfort, both mental and physical. They can also quickly spread from one room to another, making it near impossible to get rid of them. Fortunately, we have several bedbug treatment options available. In this article, we will discuss some of the most common and effective treatments and how they work.

Bed Bug Heat Treatment

Bed Bug Heat Treatment Heater
Professional Bed Bug Heater in action

Heat treatment is the most effective way to get rid of bedbugs. This method consists of raising the temperature of the infested area to a level that is lethal to the bugs. For heat treatment, specialized heating equipment is used to raise the temperature of the room to 140°F. This temperature is high enough to kill bedbugs at all stages of their life cycle, including eggs. Another option is to use steam treatment, which we’ll discuss next.

Steam Treatment for Bedbugs

Bedbug Steamer
Commercial Bed Bug Steamer

Steam treatment involves using a steam cleaner to kill bedbugs and their eggs. The high temperature of the steam penetrates the bugs’ exoskeleton and overheats them, causing them to die. Steam treatment is an effective way to get rid of bedbugs, especially if you have a small infestation, but is typically not an effective option for larger infestations. It’s also a good option if you don’t want to use chemicals in your home.

Professional pest control companies will have larger commercial steamers available, but a smaller home use steamer will still produce steam hot enough to kill bed bugs.

If you’re unsure whether you have bedbugs or not, check out our page on bed bug identification to learn more.

Aprehend Spore Treatment

Aprehend Bed Bug Spore bottle
Aprehend Spray

Aprehend is a relatively new bedbug treatment option that uses a fungal spray to kill the bugs. The spray contains spores of the Beauveria bassiana fungus, which infects and kills the bugs. The spores can stay active for several months, making this treatment option ideal for preventing re-infestation. Aprehend is a non-toxic option as it has absolutely no effect on humans or pets, or anything other than bed bugs for that matter, which makes it a good choice for those who want to avoid using traditional pesticides in their homes.

Chemical Treatments

Bed Bug Spray
Temprid FX Spray

Chemical treatments involve using insecticides to kill bedbugs. There are several types of insecticides available, including pyrethroids, neonicotinoids, and organophosphates. Chemical treatments are effective at killing bedbugs, but they can be harmful to humans and pets if not used properly. It’s important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and to use protective equipment when applying the chemicals. A second downside to chemical treatments is that they will not kill bed bug eggs, meaning it can take upwards of 30 days to gain control of an infestation.

If you’re looking for preventative treatments to avoid bedbugs altogether, check out our page on bed bug preventative treatments for more information. Or, if you’d like to book a bedbug treatment in Abbotsford, contact us today!

Conclusion

Getting rid of bedbugs can be a frustrating experience, but there are several treatment options available to solve the problem quickly. Heat treatment and steam treatment are both effective ways to kill bedbugs without using chemicals. Aprehend is a non-toxic option that can prevent reinfestation, while chemical treatments can be effective but require time to work properly. If you’re dealing with a bedbug infestation, it’s important to act quickly to prevent the bugs from spreading.

To learn more about bedbug treatments and prevention, visit our page on bedbug treatments.