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WHY CHOOSE A HEAT TREATMENT FOR BED BUGS IN PHOENIX?

Ecoforce Heat Systems Bed Bug Control

Simply stated, bed bugs are built to survive! Bed bugs have piercing/sucking mouths for sucking blood only. Bed bugs do not have chewing mouths, meaning they do not groom their legs. Therefore, walking through dried pesticides is extremely ineffective because they do not ingest any toxins making them much more difficult to kill than other pests. Bed bugs must be contacted directly to be killed! Bed bugs are good at hiding in the smallest and most inconspicuous spots so drenching an entire structure with chemicals, steaming an entire structure, or freezing your whole house are not realistic strategies. Our bed bug heat treatments will penetrate every crack and crevice of your home, leaving you bed bug free in one treatment! 

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The thermal death point is determined by two things; temperature, and exposure time. Bed bugs exposed to 113°F will die if they receive constant exposure to that temperature for 90 minutes or more. However, they will die within 20 minutes if exposed to 118°F. Bed bug eggs must be exposed to 118°F for 90 minutes to reach 100% mortality. Bed bugs and their eggs will die in 30 minutes when exposed to temperatures of 122ºF.  At 143ºF all life stages of a bed bug will die in seconds.

HEAT vs CHEMICALS

Deciding on an effective bed bug treatment is important and needs to be done right the first time. Bed bugs are proven to be an incredibly difficult pest to kill; they are good at hiding in cracks and crevices and are becoming more and more resistant to EPA approved pesticides. A bed bug HEAT treatment is an effective way to get rid of bed bugs because it penetrates into cracks and crevices that other methods do not.

 

images-6CHEMICAL TREATMENTS ARE SPOT TREATMENTS – The problem with chemical treatments starts with the fact that they primarily work as spot treatments. Research studies at the University of Kentucky indicated that bed bugs have developed an increased resistance to current pesticides. This means that unless a bed bug is contacted directly with an approved pesticide it may not kill the bug at all. Only 6% of chemical treatments are effective in one treatment. Most chemical treatments take 3 or more applications to be effective.

CHEMICALS INCREASE HEALTH RISKS – Bed bugs got their name because of the places they are commonly found—our beds. This poses another problem to using chemicals. Applying large amounts of pesticides to the areas in which you and your family sleep can be toxic. Health threats posed to people and pets from pesticide sensitivity include: skin and eye irritation, nerve damage, disruption of the endocrine system and even cancers.

CHEMICALS ARE HAZARDOUS TO THE ENVIRONMENT – Environmental hazards are another concern related to chemical treatments. DDT was an approved chemical for bed bug treatments until it was banned in 1972 due to its environmental risks. Sprayed pesticides often end up in the air, soil, or water, where they pose threats to the ecosystem and cause adverse health and reproductive effects to many animals in the food chain.

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