In part one of this series, we mentioned the fact that many off-the-shelf pesticides aren’t tested for use on bed bugs. We also discussed how pesticides are becoming less and less effective against bed bugs. If you missed part 1, check it out by clicking here PART 1.
For part 2, we will dive deeper into the reasons why pesticides are no longer effective and show you the simple way you can kill bed bugs in just one day.
Why Pesticides Don’t Work
There are two main reasons why pesticides don’t work to eliminate bed bugs. The first reason is simple: many readily available pesticides weren’t made for bed bugs specifically. While a pesticide may kill some of the bed bugs, because bed bugs don’t carry substances on their legs like roaches and other insects, each individual bug has to be sprayed or come in contact with the pesticide while it’s still wet for there to be any effect. Because bed bugs are so good at hiding in hard-to-reach/see areas, this can make treatment with pesticides particularly difficult. Even with foggers or bug bombs, bed bugs can remain completely protected inside a mattress or inside furniture. Bed bugs are also known to live inside walls, under flooring, and in the ceilings, which means the bugs can simply move to another room when a treatment is applied to their original home.
The second reason that pesticides don’t work is due to bed bugs' unique ability to evolve continuously. Scientists have found that bed bugs can develop resistance to the chemicals used against them. Over the past decade, scientists have realized that bed bugs have become increasingly resistant to many of the most commonly used pesticides.
The Future of Bed Bug Treatments
Given that pesticides are less and less effective in killing bed bugs yet still pose a serious health risk to applicators and customers, many pest professionals have searched for a “better way” to kill bed bugs. Proactive pest professionals have found that heat treatments are the future of bed bug extermination and scientists have concluded that bed bugs don’t have the ability to develop resistance to environmental situations, meaning bed bugs have no means of escape from the heat.
Heat treatments work by raising the temperature in the treatment area very quickly and holding it until the heat has permeated the entire area for a “lethal-to-bed-bugs” amount of time. As the temperature in the treatment area rises, bed bugs don’t have the chance to “run for cover.” The entire treatment, including setup and cleanup, can usually be completed in 24 hours or less.
To meet the increasing demand for bed bug heat equipment, Convectex offers some of the highest quality and most effective equipment available. We have also expanded our services so that in addition to providing the equipment needed to kill bed bugs, we also offer training and business support services to help new and established businesses provide the best treatment for bed bugs possible.
You can find everything you need to start killing bed bugs with heat here: https://convectex.com/collections
Or give us a call to discuss your options: 877-375-0005