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Traditional Control Methods

Removing bed bug infested mattress.

Bed bugs are not just a problem in Tennessee and Alabama, here is history of old-school methods for dealing with and getting rid of bed bugs. 

In 1777, they filled the cracks in beds with gunpowder and ignited it to kill bed bugs.

In 1850, they pulled the bed away from the wall and put the legs in pans of oil to stop bed bugs.

In 1875, the USDA recommended “constant vigilance every few days to examine all crevices and joints, to make sure none of the pests are hidden away.”

In 1920, it was common to spray mercury and arsenic compounds to kill bed bugs.

In 1888, Good Housekeeping recommended beating an egg white together with Mercury Chloride and laying it with a feather.

Purchasing new furniture.

In 1945, turpentine, gasoline, kerosene, benzene, and alcohol were commonly used to treat bed bugs.

By 1945, Hydrogen Cyanide had been used for years as a bed bug fumigant. Yes, the same gas Hitler was using in his heinous gas chambers.

In 1945, DDT first became available for civilian bed bug eradication.

In 1948, the first DDT-resistant bedbugs were scientifically documented.

In 1972, DDT was removed from the market. Although it continues to be used internationally.

Vacuuming DOES NOT get rid of bed bugs.

Today, the pesticides we have at our disposal are rapidly becoming ineffective on most bed bug populations in the U.S.This leaves few good options for consumers.

Traditionally, bed bugs had been eradicated with DDT. In 1972, DDT was banned in the United States. But even if it hadn’t been, bed bugs were rapidly developing resistance to it.

The quotation below is lengthy and academic. In short, it says that the safest chemicals today, pyrethrins, kill bed bugs the same way DDT used to.

Because bed bugs developed resistance to DDT, today’s pyrethrins don’t work very well either.

Like pyrethrums, DDT kills insects by acting on the sodium pores in their nerve cells — and it just so happens that many of the same mutations that protect an insect against DDT also happen to protect it from pyrethrums. When DDT was first introduced, such mutations were probably extremely rare. However, with the widespread use of DDT in the 1950s and 60s, such mutations became much more common among bed bugs… Though DDT is rarely used today because of its environmental effects, these mutations have stuck around and are still present in modern bed bug populations…many bed bug populations today are primed with the right sort of genetic variation to evolve resistance to pyrethrums rapidly.” Berkeley University Study

Unfortunately, Pyrethrins are the safest pesticides available today. There are other chemicals available for indoor use. But if they are used, most of the contents of a room must be discarded. Even then, there is no guarantee that bedbugs haven’t simply been repelled by the chemical odors and relocated to another room.

That’s why the same online article I quoted above, recommends heat treatment, the process we use at ThermalRid. Pesticides simply don’t work the way they used to.

The Pros and Cons of Other Bed Bug Treatment Methods

Pyrethrins

The only family of pesticides approved for use on mattresses, linens, and indoor living spaces. 16 states are reporting bed bugs that are completely resistant to Pyrethrins. “Over time, bed bugs have evolved to develop resistance to many of the chemical pesticides currently used. In fact, bed bugs were widely resistant to DDT by the mid-1950s.” Bed Bugs CDC-EPA Statement

The truth is, most bed bugs are completely resistant to the chemical pesticides currently used.

“Bedbugs collected in New York were 264 times more resistant to Pyremethrins than bedbugs collected in Florida.” ESA

The chances of the bed bugs you are dealing with being susceptible to Pyremethrins are slim, at best. It is much more likely that the bugs will simply scatter and feed from more remote hiding places.

Pros: Cons:
Low cost. Largely non-effective.
Quick. Multiple treatments.
Can’t reach hibernating bugs.
Scatters bed bugs (major issue).
Upholstered items must be discarded.
Re-infestation very likely.
Strong chemical odors.
Home must be vacated for extended time.

 

Non-Approved Pesticides

Out of frustration with Pyrethrins, we are seeing an increase in non-approved pesticides being used indoors to treat bed bugs. Do not use or allow anyone to use non-approved pesticides in your home or place of business. They are dangerous. Even over-application of Pyrethrins has caused dizziness, lethargy, asthmatic reactions, and severe nervous system problems. Read the labels. Only use pesticides as approved. There is a reason they are not approved for indoor use.

You should also be aware that several states have petitioned regulatory agencies to change usage requirements for dangerous outdoor termite pesticides to be used indoors on bed bugs. If they were dangerously carcinogenic indoors before the bed bug pandemic, they are still dangerous now. The urgency of fighting bedbugs should not necessitate regulatory agencies bowing to public pressure and commercial interests. There is a reason those chemicals were not originally approved for indoor use.

“Using the wrong pesticide or using it incorrectly to treat for bed bugs can make you sick, may not solve the problem, and could even make it worse by causing the bed bugs to hide where the pesticide won’t reach them.” ENS Newswire.com

Scam Treatments for Bedbugs 

There are numerous internet solutions and powders that are unregulated. Locally, there are also scams involving useless powders and sprays, which are not certified.

“The expensive sprays, powders and plastic barriers may give you peace of mind – and nothing else….If you want nails, go to the hardware store. If you want drugs, go to the pharmacy. But if you want to kill bedbugs, go to the experts.” NYDailyNews.com

Virtually all of the scammers promise eradication of bed bugs. The very fact that their products are unregulated should tell you the extent of their effectiveness. There is a reason that none of the well-known Entomologists at the university level such as Dr. Michael Potter, Dr. Karen Vail, or Dr. Stephen Kells, recommend any of these alternative treatments.

“Keep in mind that any pesticide product without an EPA registration number has not been reviewed by EPA, so the agency has not determined how well the product works.” ENS-NewsWire.com

Many of these scam “over-the-counter” treatments involve spraying a solution directly on the bedbugs. That very assumption illustrates the limits of their knowledge. Even a solution of dishwashing detergent and water will kill bedbugs if it is sprayed directly on them. That is not the issue.

Bedbugs hate light and typically only bite when its victims are sleeping. How many nights can you stay up trying to spray the elusive bedbugs? And equally as important, what about the eggs that are hidden? These scam products do nothing to the eggs. Even if they work sprayed directly on the adults, the eggs will continue to hatch and new nymphs will feed on their victims as they sleep.

Pros: Cons:
Low cost. Non-effective.
Quick. Multiple treatments.
Most require direct spraying.
Doesn’t address eggs.
Continued infestation very likely.
Re-infestation very likely.
Strong chemical odors.

 

Diatomaceous Earth

A white, chalky dust that is mined from the exoskeletons of diatoms. Diatoms are a hard-shelled type of algae. Their exoskeletons are very sharp. Therefore many “green” pesticide companies are selling Diatomaceous Earth for bed bug control. If the bugs travel through the powder it will cut their exoskeletons and cause some of the bed bugs to die through dehydration.

D.E. should only be used along baseboards or in walls. It can help to curtail the movements of bedbugs but will never completely interrupt the life cycle of bed bugs. It works well when used with heat treatment, as heat treatment will kill the eggs even in cracks, crevices, and wall cavities.

Pros: Cons: 
Low cost. Moderately effective.
Easy to apply. Serves only as a barrier, not for complete eradication.
Effective on adult bed bugs and nymphs. Doesn’t affect eggs.
Continued infestation from eggs without heat.
Takes months to reduce populations.

 

Steam Treatment

Steam kills any bed bug adult, nymph, or egg it actually touches. It is usually used with a combination of pesticides. See the pesticides for those limitations and concerns. Steam in and of itself will work, if direct contact can be made with every bedbug.

Pros: Cons:
Instant results. Must touch every bed bug, egg, and nymph.
Can be used chemical free. Not typically used without chemicals.
Reduced loss of furnishings,
if skillfully applied.
A large amount of water is used and must be properly dried to prevent mold and property destruction.
Can’t reach deep hiding places.
Pest Control Technicians likely to get infested and spread bed bugs further.
Re-infestation very likely.
Doesn’t treat entire room.

 

Fogs and Fumigation

There are two different types of Fogging to treat bedbugs. One is to tent an entire home and use Vikane (hydrogen cyanide) to fill the entire interior. Tenting is effective but incredibly expensive!

The second method, using fog indoors in individual rooms, is covered below.

Pros: Cons:
Thorough application of pesticides. Costly if done by professionals.
Minimal loss of property. Done incorrectly (by non-professionals) makes later treatments more difficult.
Economical, at first. Entire surface area of home and belongings must be cleaned of pesticide residues.
Process will take several days to complete.
Usually no effect on hidden eggs.
Re-infestation very likely.

 

Cryogenic Freezing

Cryogenic freezing uses a tank of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) to create “snow” that will kill any bed bugs or eggs contacted. By its very nature “snow” has insulative qualities. That is the concept behind the Eskimo Igloo. The “snow” created by cryogenic freezing will kill anything at the surface, but has problems getting deep into cracks and crevices where bed bugs are known to hide and reproduce.

In addition, a tank of CO2 will cover approximately 100 square feet. If you consider the total surface area including furniture, floor, walls and ceiling of even a small bedroom, you will understand the limitations of Cryogenic freezing. A 10×10 bedroom has 600 square feet of possible hiding places for bedbugs, not including the surface area of beds and furnishings. Treatment is incredibly time consuming and labor intensive. Remember bedbugs are not limited just to beds. It is quite the opposite. They are found in baseboards, bedroom furniture, closets, electrical receptacles, televisions, and electronics. They can be scatter throughout a room, especially if they have been sprayed with pesticides.

Pros: Cons:
Can be used chemical free. Not typically used without chemicals.
100% effective for surface contact area. No effect in deep hiding places on bed bugs, nymphs, and eggs.
Minimal loss of furnishings if professionally done. Time consuming and labor intensive.
Doesn’t treat whole room.
Danger of property damage due to inaccurate temperature control.
Re-infestation very likely.
Spreading of bed bugs likely due to technician being infested.

 

Thermal Chamber

There are two types of chambers being used. One is housed in a truck or trailer outside the structure to be treated. The second is assembled in a hotel room.

External Thermal Chamber – Uses heat to treat belongings and furnishings outside the business or home.

Pros: Cons:
Portable. Bedbug infested items must be carried through hallways, etc., scattering bed bugs, nymphs, and eggs.
100% effective on items placed inside. Doesn’t treat entire room. Electronics, electrical receptacles, walls are known to harbor bedbugs.
Continued infestation very likely.

In-room Thermal Chamber – Chamber is assembled in the room and items are placed inside the chamber for heat treatment.

Pros: Cons:
Portable Labor intensive to assemble in room and place items inside.
100% effective on items placed inside. Doesn’t treat entire room. Electronics, electrical receptacles, walls are known to harbor bedbugs.
Items don’t have to be moved through halls as in an External Thermal Chamber. Doesn’t address Eggs in walls, Carpets, and closets.
Re-infestation very likely.

 

The ThermalRid Method for Killing Bed Bugs

We use massive thermostatically controlled heaters to slowly heat the whole room to the perfect temperature. The room is held at 135 degrees until all bed bugs, nymphs, and eggs are destroyed. See a more detailed description about The ThermalRid Method.

Pros: Cons:
100% effective guaranteed! None (If you can find one, let us know)
No chemicals.
One day treatment (usually 8 hours).
Minimal room preparation (only heat sensitive materials need be removed).
Uses safe, green, odorless 100% monitored electric heat (we bring our own power source).
No open flame, carbon monoxide, or water introduced as a result of open flame treatments.
No explosive hazards related to liquid propane heaters (LP).
Discrete, unmarked trucks and equipment assures your privacy.
Flexible treatment times (night and day).
Rest easy knowing the bedbugs have no resistance to whole-room heat treatment.