Bed Bug Management
A-Pro Pest Control, Inc attended Bed Bug University taught by Bed Bug Central. At this time, we are the only company that is bed bug Free certified in the San Francisco Bay Area region. To become bed bug Free certified you must be able to have a complete understanding of bed bugs, their behavior, life cycles and a philosophy that utilizes different strategies to control them.
Early Detection & Prevention
- Early detection of bed bugs is difficult and low-level infestations will often go undetected.
- Visual inspections are not very reliable for the detection of low-level infestations.
- New detection and monitoring devices have been developed for detecting infestations.
- Mattress and box spring encasements can be very helpful in the early detection of bed bugs.
- Canine scent detection has emerged as another inspection method that can aid in the early detection of bed bugs, but is not always reliable.
- Preventing infestations can be very difficult, however, you must have an “Action Plan” when you do get an infestation.
- Your “Action Plan” must be comprehensive and detailed to address all possibilities including the surrounding units.
Bedbug FREE is the establishment of a network of pest management firms throughout the United States that share a similar philosophy and approach to bed bug management as Bed Bug Central. BedbugFREE was launched in January of 2009 and will be adding new companies in new geographic regions on a regular basis. Some examples of the core philosophies that are shared among these companies include the following:
- Commitment to educating clients about bed bugs. This includes having a variety of fact sheets available as well as communicating the findings and observations of bed bug services that are rendered.
- Treatment methods that address all life stages including eggs.
- Methods that do not rely exclusively upon conventional pesticides.
- Utilizes different strategies specifically geared for addressing bed bug eggs that are not easily dealt with through chemical means (i.e. steam, cryonite, vacuums, heat, fumigation, etc.)
- Use of high quality mattress and box spring encasements.
- Thorough follow up program that is not based upon a minimum number of visits, but rather is based upon the current status of the bed bug activity.
- Well defined methodology for determining when an infestation has been eliminated.
- Provide recommendations to property managers regarding the importance of including surrounding units in the scope of work in multi-occupancy settings.