How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs on Long Island
The best way to get rid of a bed bug infestation in your home will always be to work with a professional bed bug exterminator. That’s because these tiny pests are excellent hiders, and they’re resilient. An experienced bed bug technician will know where to work, and what to do to ensure we take care of the whole problem.
Professional bed bug exterminators have a number of different bed bug treatment options:
- Heat treatments
- Steam treatments
What’s the best bed bug treatment for me?
We recommend heat treatment, or thermal remediation as it’s also known. Widely considered the best and safest bed bug control treatment on the market today, heat treatments are low-risk, non-toxic, and chemical-free.
Heat treatment can be performed by a pest control technician with minimal disruptions to your home, and won’t damage your belongings. Other benefits of bed bug heat treatment include:
- Infested furniture and mattresses don’t have to be thrown away; you can continue using them after the treatment is complete
- Temperatures above 120ºF kill bed bugs at every stage of the life cycle, including eggs
- Thermal remediation treatments only last about three hours and should not need follow-up – you can take care of the problem in a single afternoon!
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Bed Bug Insecticides
For spot treatments, regular insecticides can be used to kill bed bugs. This may reduce your problem but it won’t solve it completely. You will probably miss clusters of bed bug hotspots somewhere – whether it’s the baseboards, electrical outlets, cracks in walls, or inside furniture.
The only way to get rid of a bed bug infestation is to eliminate them in all of their hiding places, and that’s extremely difficult to do.
Are bed bug steam treatment and fumigation safe?
Steam treatments work by driving hot steam into inaccessible areas where bed bugs are hiding. It’s an effective treatment, and chemical-free.
Fumigation uses a lot of very strong chemicals. It involves tarping off your property completely and releasing a fumigant into every corner of the building. It is highly effective, but you will need to leave your property for up to a week while treatment is completed. Think of fumigation as a last resort for pest control.