Bed Bugs and Pesticides

Need proof that pesticides don't always work?

They say a picture is worth a thousand words...this picture of the corner of a bed frame was taken during a heat treatment at an apartment that had been treated with pesticides at least 5 times! The white stains are the pesticde residue and the black markings are the bed bug fecal deposits.

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Let's look a little closer...now what do you see?

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These live bed bugs and bed bug eggs were literally sitting on the pesticide residue. The most recent spray treatment was 3 weeks prior to this picture being taken. As you can see, there were lots of bed bugs still alive!  If we had done this service, we would have used our steamer, killed the bugs and put no pesticide on the bed!

So why are pesticides not always effective?

A number of factors can influence how successful a pesticide treatment is including:

  • Incomplete preparation (there is a ton of work to do to prepare for a pesticide application, and if not fully prepared, there are areas that cannot be treated and bugs that will survive)
  • Lots of clutter (this provides untreatable hiding places for the bugs)
  • Pesticides don't kill the eggs, the new bugs will continue to hatch out
  • Poor treatment techniques
  • Bed bug pesticide resisitance (even if everything is done properly, studies show that many bed bugs populations cannot be killed with currently registered pesticides)

We have been in the pest control industry for over 20 years, and we have tried every control tool out there against bed bugs - nothing beats heat, which is why we always steam when we "spray".

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