Fumigating Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are an increasingly common pest across Indiana, and Bloomington and Columbus are no exceptions. The issue with bed bugs isn’t that they spread disease (they don’t) but that they’re simply a major nuisance. Bed bugs feed on human blood, and their bites can itch and irritate the skin. Bed bugs can be found anywhere humans commonly populate. And they pay no regard to whether that location is a five-star hotel or penny theater. It’s actually a myth that uncleanliness or poor hygiene attract bed bugs. The truth is, the only thing needed for a bed bug infestation is humans.
Why Bed bugs are an Increasing Problem
It’s highly debated as to why bed bug populations are on the rise. Bed bug infestations are turning up in increasing numbers in every location imaginable: businesses, schools, nursing homes, hospitals, daycares, transportation services (taxis, busses, movie theaters, hotels and motels, dormitories, and of course houses. Suggested reasons for bed bug growth vary from global warming to changing human travel patter. One factor that might be contributing to bed bug population growth in recent years is portable technology. Laptops and tablets, for example, provide a warm, enclosed place for bed bugs to travel and spread. Ironically, one of bed bugs’ greatest natural enemies is the cockroach. And nobody wants more of them.
Fumigation — The Best Way to Kill Bed Bugs
Fumigation is the most effective way to kill bed bug infestations. In fact, it’s the only method that’s proven 100% effective; bed bug removal is a certainty. Vikane® Fumigation, specifically, works so well because, as a gas, it penetrates every crack and crevice in a structure, no matter how cluttered it is. And because the structure is sealed during fumigation, there’s no place to escape or hide from the gas. Fumigation with Vikane® is a particularly good choice for large structures where heat isn’t an effective means of extermination. Heating a large room to optimal temperatures, for example, is difficult. In addition, it can be difficult to make sure the room heats evenly. While temperatures next to the space heaters may reach optimal temperatures, the far side of the room or spaces between the walls may not.
The Fumigation Process
Little preparation is required for fumigation. When a building is fumigated with Vikane®, it’s sealed off between 2 and 72 hours while the gas penetrates all areas of the structure. After this period, the seals are removed and the building is aerated. When gas levels return to EPA-safe levels (1 part per million or less), your pest control agent will deem the building safe for reentry. After returning to the building, occupants will have to throw away food items, medications, beverages, and other ingestible items that aren’t sealed in the manufacturer’s airtight container. However, all other items, such as furniture and clothing, is safe for use. The reason why so little needs tossed after fumigation is because Vikane® is a gas, not a vapor. This means it doesn’t leave a residue on dry surfaces.
Is Fumigation with Vikane® Safe?
Fumigation with Vikane® is a safe way to kill bed bugs and other pests. Vikane® gas doesn’t leave a residue, and people are only allowed reentry into a fumigated building after gas levels are safe. Furthermore, even under experimental conditions, no study has shown Vikane® to cause birth defects, mutagenic or genotoxic effects.
Does fumigation only work for bed bugs?
Fumigation isn’t just for bed bugs. It’s also an excellent treatment option for commercial or large-scale residential applications where cockroaches or rodents are a problem. Fumigation for cockroaches and rodents works the same way as for bed bugs and is equally safe. If your business or residential complex is encountering issues with bed bugs or other pests, contact Yes Pest to find out more about fumigation. https://www.youtube.com/embed/Kc9DaGXh7s0