Bed bugs is an epidemic that is swiftly spreading nationwide and Missouri is no different. One of the reasons these pests have been able to spread so vigorously, is the ease with which they travel, moving from person to person. They can move easily from one a person or their luggage to another, even moving to seat cushions or items of clothing, etc. where they lie in wait for someone else to come along. Because of this, people who travel often are at a greater risk to pick up and carry bed bugs home. Add to this the reclusive nature of these pests, hiding in places like under cushions, behind light switches or outlet plates, headboards and even behind trim boards, and you have a creature that can easily infest your home or business..
One of the best weapons we have in the war against bed bugs is actually man’s best friend. Our highly trained bed bug dogs have an astounding 97 percent accuracy rate in detecting not only adult bed bugs but immature bed bugs and even bed bug eggs. On top of this, a room can be swept in as little as 2 minutes, with next to no disruption to the contents or occupants of the room. Once our dogs have determined which rooms are infested, it is time to discuss bed bug treatment options. The most effective, as well as environmentally friendly option for treating a bed bug infestation is heat treatment, using our specialized heaters to raise and hold the temperature to a level that will eliminate live bed bugs. Combined with our Signature Pest Control program, we have found this to be the best defense against a recurrence of bed bugs.
Remember, when dealing with any pest infestation, time is of the essence. Bed bugs are certainly no exception to that rule. The longer you wait, the more time the bed bugs have to breed. This will only make the extermination process longer, more invasive, and ultimately more costly to you, the homeowner. To learn more about our bed bug treatment options, and the rest of your services for your home or business, contact Rottler today.
This blog was originally published on January 30, 2011 but has been updated to reflect the most recent and accurate information in controlling bed bugs in St. Louis and Mid-Missouiri.