Shield Plus Pest Control and Exterminator, Sioux Falls, SD

Bed Bug Service

Prior to the 1950's Bed Bugs were common pests in many households throughout the United States. DDT arrived in the 1940's and within a decade most all Bed Bug populations were eradicated. In the Late 90's Bed Bugs were starting to show up in hotels across the nation. As the years passed, the numbers of new sighting and severities of Bed Bug infestations continued to grow exponentially and were found in all 50 states. Before long they were found in residential homes, apartments and schools, businesses, movie theaters, senior health care facilities, furniture outlets, public transportation of all kinds, emergency vehicles and fire stations, libraries, churches and wherever people socialized or congregated. One out of every five people have experienced a Bed Bug problem at their own home or know someone who has had them. 80% of the population is concerned about bringing Bed Bugs home from a hotel.

Why are they on the rise?

  • International Travel
  • People not recognizing signs of Bed Bug infestations or bites - (Bed Bugs are so great at hiding that people tend not to look for them and a percentage of people are not affected by the bite of a Bed Bug).
  • a Previous generation of professionals that had never encountered or seen a Bed Bug. (Untrained - Learning Curve).
  • Lack of society education
  • Developing resistance to some commonly used pesticides.

Life Cycle of Bed Bugs

Bed Bug Life Cycle

The Bed Bug develops through five immature stages before reaching the adult reproduction stage. This development process can take place in approximately 22 to 36 days. Each stage, from 1st instar/nymph to adult, has to take at  least one blood meal in order to continue through the next successive stage to the adult Bed Bug. During this development growth period, they shed their skin (or molt) as they grow to the next stage, casting their old skin behind.

Rapid Infestation

DAY                             EGGS             BABIES             ADULTS

    1                                      3                       0                          1

    7                                    21                       0                          1

  14                                    24                     18                          1

  30                                    24                     66                          1

180                             69,000           121,000                  7,800

Control Using IPM

  • Control of Bed Bugs has shown to be most successful using Integrated Pest Management(IPM) programs. IPM utilizes information about the life cycle and habitat requirements to reduce reliance on chemicals alone. The key elements of IPM includes minimizing pesticide use, by using rotations of pesticide from different classes of chemicals with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.
  • IPM includes: regular inspections, elimination of clutter, sealing of cracks and crevices, regular laundering, steam or heat treatments, the application of Bed Bug Encasements and monitoring.
  • While it is possible to control Bed Bugs without using pesticides, targeted pesticide and dust applications in hard to reach areas (example: inside walls) have proven helpful.

Heat treatments are being used as the most effective and environmentally safe treatment method for Bed Bugs. Shield + Pest Control offers a Bed Bug elimination service referred to as the "Convection Method".Convection Heater

The Convection Method heats up the area from 127 degrees to 140 degrees with powerful heaters and fans circulating the air like a convection oven eliminating the Bed Bugs and their eggs. This Method requires little prep work for the home owner.

  • Heat kills all stages of Bed Bugs.
  • Bed Bug heat tempsHeat is especially safe for sensitive environments.
  • Heat penetrates deep into cracks and crevices of mattresses and furniture.
  • heat provides quick and efficient turn around time to get rooms back and bug free.
  • Heat provides a sanitizing effect on environments

Not all heat treatments are the same!

  • Due to a lack of state or federal oversight a heat treatment can be anything from, steam, heat guns, and even a Hair Dryer Service! Do your research before buying a product or hiring a "Bed Bug Expert"
  • Be sure the Heat Treatment consists of actually heating the entire infested area and is not a spot treatment.
  • Beware of the Bait and Switch from companies selling heat services and just performing a chemical treatment.

Caution sign

Applying heat is a strategically trained process!

Heat treatment can cause damage and fires and must be conducted by a fully educated and trained individual.

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