Top Tips for PMPs to Treating Sensitive Accounts for Bed Bugs
Just as the name implies bed bugs prefer to live near their host, and so, can be found living on or near beds or sleeping areas. This creates a unique enough challenge for the pest professional but when an account has young, sick or elderly people, the best course of treatment may be a green one that does not include the use of pesticides.
Bed bugs can be controlled in a fast, effective, lasting and green manner with these tips:
- Vacuum – Begin by reducing the number of bugs with a good HEPA bed bug vacuum with a self contained HEPA filter. It is highly recommended that you use a vacuum made specifically for bed bugs that comes complete with a crevice tool to reach cracks and crevices where bed bugs can hide. Vacuum the mattress, box spring, baseboards and all cracks and crevices where bed bugs and their eggs can hide.
- Use steam or heat – Vacuuming alone will not completely eliminate all bed bugs and their eggs from a room. Therefore a chemical-free method to kill off bed bugs missed during Step #1 is to use heat or steam. Bed bugs will die at temperatures above 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Follow your heat or steam company recommendations and safety steps prior to and during treatment.
- Choose an effective green product with residual – Choose a minimum risk pest control product preferably one that carries no signal words or cautions. EcoRaider is an ideal choice for sensitive accounts. It has no label restrictions or precautions on usage and may be used alone or as part of an IPM program in a variety of settings from schools and healthcare facilities to public spaces. EcoRaider kills bed bugs at all life stages: eggs, nymphs and adults. It has a lab reported 14-day residual with low-odor and non-staining.
Every pest management professional is asked at one time or another to respond to a pest problem in a green manner. EcoRaider provides the performance and quick kill that pest professionals have come to rely on with traditional pesticides. It is an essential tool in the pest management toolbox.
EcoRaider is a highly efficacious botanical-based bio-insecticide that can be applied anywhere bed bugs or ants are found without restriction. It carries no signal words or cautions and has no label restrictions or precautions on usage.
Because EcoRaider is a green product, it is an ideal fit for sensitive accounts and environments where low-impact methods are advised. These include college dorms, senior-living facilities, managed-care and assisted-living housing, schools, health-care facilities, public housing, multi-family, and hotels.