Bed Bugs

KNOW YOUR OPTIONS

It can be difficult to figure out what your options are when dealing with bed bugs. Here they are.

1. FUMIGATION
Fumigation should not be confused with foggers. Foggers should NEVER be used for bed bugs. More on this later. In a fumigation treatment, the entire house is sealed under a vapor-proof tent, and filled with a toxic gas, typically sulfuryl fluoride.  Some companies skip the expense and hassle of a huge tent and just seal windows and doors with tape.  This method is less effective.  After about 48 to 72 hours the house is ventilated and the gas dissipates into the atmosphere.

PROS- 
** Fumigation will kill all pests within the structure (if done correctly).
**It leaves no residue behind after the gas dissipates.
**You are not required to remove any of your belongings from the house, and items in the house will not be damaged by the gas.
CONS-
**Fumigation is one of the most expensive methods for eliminating bed bugs, and this is the biggest barrier for most people.
**Fumigation is not an option for multi-unit buildings, unless the entire building is done at once.
**You will need to be gone from your property for a few days.
**There is no residual protection, so reintroduction of bed bugs after treatment is very common. Along with price, this is one of the biggest shortcomings of fumigation. It is entirely possible to pay thousands of dollars for fumigation, and have bed bugs reinfest the property afterward.

2. HEAT REMEDIATION
Bed bugs die at high temperatures. With heat treatment, the whole structure is heated with electric or propane heaters. A temperature of 130 – 140 degrees is maintained for several hours, heating furniture and even walls all the way through. Heat is very effective for killing bed bugs. It is not, however, without it’s drawbacks.

PROS-
**Kills bed bugs at all life stages including eggs (eggs are very difficult to kill).
**Once the house has cooled, there are no harmful residues left behind.
CONS-
**As with fumigation, heat remediation is one of the most expensive methods of treatment.
**A fair amount of prep work must be done, removing items that may be damaged by the heat. Heat can damage electronics, window blinds, photographs and more. Any of us who are old enough to have had a cassette player in our car surely remember melting a tape or two in the summer sun. It’s kind of like that.  If any items removed from the house are harboring bugs or eggs, the pests will be reintroduced to the house when the items are brought back in.
**Heat treatment leaves no residual protection, so reintroduction of bed bugs is highly likely.

3. CHEMICALS
Bed bugs have developed resistance to most of the chemical pesticides that have traditionally been used to treat infestations. Many chemicals will kill bed bugs if you can directly saturate the bug, however, bed bugs are experts at hiding, and exposing them all is virtually impossible. Bed bugs that survive chemical treatments pass on that resistance to their offspring, making chemical treatments less and less effective on subsequent generations. Many companies do multiple treatments with different chemicals, hoping that if one chemical doesn’t kill the bugs, maybe another one will.
PROS-
**None, really.
CONS-
**Ineffective
**Exposes you and your family to the chemicals

4. DIY (Do It Yourself)
There are countless over-the-counter products and home remedies out there. In a nutshell, they are pretty much worthless. Claims printed on the packages are unregulated and unverified. I could drown some bed bugs in a glass of orange juice and make the claim “Orange juice can kill bed bugs!” As mentioned previously, most chemicals are ineffective, and over-the-counter chemicals are much weaker than the ones used by pest control professionals. Insecticide foggers are not only ineffective, but they often cause the bugs to scatter into a wider area making them even more difficult to control. Why are there so many of these products on the market?  $$$, that’s why.  Unapproved pesticides, rubbing alcohol, and many other “I read it on the internet” remedies, in addition to being ineffective, can be very dangerous. Just don’t. Diatomaceous Earth is the microscopic fossilized shells of prehistoric plankton and algae (diatoms). D.E. has gotten a lot of attention as a treatment for bed bugs, but it has been more effective in laboratory testing than in real world use. The quality and composition of diatomaceous earth can vary greatly. The more impurities there are in the D.E., the less effective it becomes. D.E. can also contain crystalline silica, which can be a serious health hazard if breathed. Most people do not know how to appropriately apply D.E. in order to get the most benefit from it. They can end up with a big mess and very little control.
PROS-
**Few. Some control may be possible with D.E.  Read more about it in the drop-down menu under the Bed Bugs menu tab.
CONS-
**Waste of money, and can often make the problem worse.

5. GP HOME DEFENSE
I am a natural born skeptic.  When some product is hailed as having tremendous results, my natural reaction is to set out to prove that it is hot air and snake oil.  It takes good evidence to convince me otherwise.  When I began researching bed bugs and remedies for the elimination of bed bugs, I found that once you get past the blustery claims and high hopes, the real world results were almost always dismally poor.  After countless hours of personal research, reading research articles published by major universities, and learning from some of the leading entomologists in the country, I found an approach that held up to scrutiny.

GPHD uses an approach that is both effective against bed bugs, and is also very cost effective. For residential treatments, we use an amorphous silica dust. Silicon is one of the most abundant elements on Earth, and when combined with oxygen it forms silicon dioxide, or silica. When synthesized into the form of dust that we use, it is lethal to bed bugs. It does not contain crystalline silica (which can cause serious lung disease), and does not contain chemical poisons. When compared to fumigation and heat treatments, our method is a fraction of the cost. It is safe for people and pets. It is effective in multi-family dwellings, AND… it has strong residual effectiveness.  In undisturbed areas it can be effective for 10 years! If more bed bugs are brought into the area later, they too will die when they come into contact with the dust. Bed bugs are unable to develop a resistance to this product. If ever we have had a silver bullet against bed bugs, I believe this is it. Knowing how and where to apply it is absolutely crucial, and GP Home Defense LLC is an expert. THE expert.  We are on the cutting edge of bed bug elimination technology.

For commercial applications, such as bed bug prevention in offices, schools, medical facilities, hotels/motels, GP Home Defense is introducing another new approach that has been producing phenomenal results.  It is a chemical-free bio-pesticide that annihilates bed bug populations, and is harmless to people, pets and plants.  It is biological warfare, and the results are amazing.

Our goal is not to charge you for repeated treatments. Our goal is not to gouge you on price for expensive treatments that may not have any long term protection.
OUR goal, our MISSION, is to kill the bed bugs and keep you protected from them for as long as possible, for the least cost possible.  Bed bugs have finally met their match.

Call today and let GP Home Defense help you live bed bug free.
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