Bed Bugs and Mites
Bed bugs and dust mites are most commonly found in almost all textiles including mattresses, pillows and bedding. They are common household scavengers that feed off of nutrients found in household dust, human skin cells and pet dander.
Some people are greatly affected by bed bug bites and may exhibit numerous sores, welts and allergic reactions, while others may not exhibit any symptoms. Although no known cases of the transmission of infectious disease have been reported, bed bugs are known to carry at least 28 different human pathogens. Bacterial infections may also occur if the bite creates an open sore.
By applying the appropriate amount of heat evenly throughout a structure and for the proper amount of time, we are able to kill dust mites, bed bugs and their eggs wherever they are hiding in a single treatment. This is an important fact given that not all current pesticide control methodologies kill bed bug eggs. Additionally, when the heat process is accompanied by HEPA vacuuming and air scrubbers to remove any airborne and dust residing allergens, the improved indoor air quality may help occupants breathe easier.
Rodents can pose a major problem for structures and their occupants. In addition to the physical harm they can cause to structures by chewing on furniture and wiring, rodents are also well-known for carrying and/or spreading hundreds of diseases, including plague, typhus and salmonella. As the rodents roam through the structure in search of food, they will drop feces, urine and hairs which could come into contact with food, utensils, and bedding. They also build nests behind walls and in attics where they store their food, which can then attract additional pests into the structure.
When eradicating a rodent problem within a structure, all carcasses need to be removed, as any left behind may decay and cause another series of potential problems. Other pests may feed on the remains, which may cause structural damage and spread diseases and odors as a result of such decay.
The heating process begins by gradually increasing the temperature of an infested structure to the appropriate level, causing the rodents to flee the structure. The process also kills bacteria and viruses that may be left behind by the rodents. The use of thermal imaging cameras during the process will help the technician identify where heat is exiting the structure and therefore identify possible points of entry for rodents. Once the process is completed, these points of entry can be repaired and reduce the chances of future infestation.
Cockroaches are often found in areas where food preparation occurs and bathrooms because they favor warm, humid areas that are close to food and water. The most common indoor species, the German cockroach, also reproduces the fastest, producing an egg case with as many as 30 young every few weeks. They have also proven to be very resilient, making pest control a challenge.
Cockroaches can contaminate food items, as well as cooking and eating utensils. They also destroy paper goods and fabrics and can spread disease, including staphylococcus, streptococcus, typhoid, dysentery, the hepatitis virus and coli from bacteria.
The heating process is effective in stopping the spread of cockroach populations by raising the core temperature of the room to the appropriate level and sustaining it for a period of several hours. This approach kills the cockroaches, and any mold spores they potentially brought with them. Future infestations are prevented by drying the moist areas where the cockroaches nest. The process can be accomplished in as little as one day and leave the structure bug-free and disinfected.