The saying, “Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite” is no joke. Bed bugs are a real nightmare that is haunting more and more people. It is easy to get confused by the different ways pest management companies can treat bed bug problems. Don’t worry, I’m going to shed some light on the different techniques, and explain why Catseye Pest Control chooses to use Cryonite in combination with residual material, bed bug monitors and mattress encasements to battle bed bugs.
Bed Bug Treatments
Heat requires the rooms infested with bed bugs to be heated to 120 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Every surface in the room must reach this temperature to effectively kill the bed bugs and eggs. Not only can this process take several hours, but it can also be challenging to heat all surfaces to the correct temperature, which means some bed bugs can escape. There is also no residual material left behind to combat future bed bug infestations.
Bed bugs can also be eradicated using heated steam. The steam must come in direct contact with the bed bugs and eggs to get rid of them and because these pests are so good at hiding, it can be tricky to ensure all bed bugs are eradicated. The steam can also potentially stain some surfaces. Again, there is no residual to prevent bed bugs if they are reintroduced.
Fumigation introduces gas to all areas of the home in order to resolve the bed bug problem. This procedure is labor intensive, cost prohibitive and can be dangerous if not done correctly. There is no residual with this method as well.
Cryonite uses carbon dioxide to freeze bed bugs in their tracks while also eliminating the eggs. Liquid carbon dioxide is converted into dry-ice snow that is at a constant temperature of 110 degrees below. Now that’s cold!
Why We Use the “Cat-Freeze” Method
At Catseye, we prefer to use Cryonite (affectionately referred to as Cat-Freeze) to treat bed bugs because it is environmentally-friendly, can reach the tiny cracks and crevices where these pests like to hide more easily than other treatments, and can be used to target specific areas. It is important to know that Cryonite is only one part of our current “Bed Bug Protocol.” We also use strategically placed residual material to fight future infestations, bed bug monitors to gauge pest activity before it gets out of hand, and mattress encasements to deter bed bugs from nesting in the mattress and box spring.
If you have questions about bed bug treatments or have a bed bug problem, let us know!