Whether you have invested in a residential property or a commercial property, the overall goal is the same: to be free from bed bugs. This can be challenging in the NYC area. We are prone to increased exposure to bed bugs due to the diversity of urban housing and the overall presence of human traffic. If you have found yourself faced with the nightmare of bed bugs, here are some bed bug treatment options in the NYC area to consider.
This is the safest, quickest and most effective option available right now. Cryonite freezing is a non-toxic procedure that utilizes carbon dioxide “snow” at -110° F to freeze and kill bed bugs – instantly. It is far more efficient than any other method and can eliminate an infestation in a single visit. If we fail to catch every single beg bud in one treatment, we offer another (free) treatment. Another reason why this method is highly efficient is that it eliminates bed bugs in all stages of life. Many other standard methods may not kill eggs or larvae, for example, and any living remains of the infestation can revive it.
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Steam Treatment and Chemical Treatment
Using steam is another non-toxic approach to bed bug extermination. Bed bugs are not able to tolerate heat so, at a high enough temperature, they will not survive. Steam used properly can kill bed bugs in all stages of their life cycle. With that being said, the heat impact can be damaging to surfaces and can be harmful to pets or people if they come into direct contact with it, or if the steam is applied for too long in one area. Remember that steam is moisture, and with excessive moisture, the result is dampness. The last thing you want to do is create another problem by getting your furniture, carpets and other items too wet.
Chemical treatment is another bed bug extermination option. Different chemicals have different modes of attack; that is, the way the chemical compound affects the bed bug. For example, some are aimed at deteriorating the adult bug’s reproduction system, others are targeted to destroy colonies upon chemical contact, and others are aimed at the juvenile species. However, bed bugs have begun to show resistance to many of the pesticides, leaving homeowners and exterminators careful to select a chemical compound specific to their needs and avoid using the same compound if there is no decrease in bed bug activity. Another important consideration to be made is whether or not the chemical utilized has a repellent in it. While a repellent may seem like a great approach, the bed bug will just travel out of harm’s way but will never actually die.
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Chemicals and pesticides can do more harm than good to people, especially children, and pets. Chemicals may be dangerous when used close to the kitchen and tables, where they can easily get in contact with food or people.