Insecticide application is still the most common bed bug eradication method in use today. Depending upon the severity of the infestation, either two or three bed bugs treatments are necessary to break the life cycle of the bed bugs and ensure elimination. To maximize effectiveness, several different products and methods of application are employed. The advantage to this method is that the residual insecticide will continue to offer protection for a period of time. The biggest drawbacks are that the preparation for service is time consuming and must be repeated for each service. Braman offers up to a 6 month warranty from the date of service.
Heat remediation is the other common method used to eliminate bed bugs. The entire space to be treated is heated to ~135 degrees Fahrenheit and maintained at that temperature for a period of time. The advantage of this method: there is much less preparation and one treatment kills all life stages of the bed bug. Heat can be employed as a stand-alone bed bug treatment or in conjunction with the use of insecticide. Three distinct heat treatment options are available.
Using heat remediation Braman will get rid of the bed bugs in your home in one day. Guaranteed! No ifs, ands or bed bugs!
Heat remediation without the use of any insecticide. Your home is heated to ~135 degrees Fahrenheit and sustained at that level for several hours to kill all life stages of the bed bug. A canine inspection is performed within a week to make sure that we have not missed any bed bugs. This service comes with a 30-day warranty.*
Heat remediation as described in the Silver Plan. In addition, we will apply insecticide dust in void areas accessed by removing switch and outlet covers, and do a perimeter treatment with a residual product to give longer protection. Because our canine detector's nose is so close to the areas where insecticide is applied, we prefer to wait several weeks after bed bug treatment before the canine inspection. The Gold Plan carries a 90-day warranty.*
In addition to everything described in the Gold Plan, we will install Active Guard mattress liners on your mattresses and box springs. These liners can kill bed bugs for up to 2 years. The Platinum Plan carries a 180-day warranty.*
*Please note that certain conditions relative to warranties apply in multi-family housing. Your sales representative can review those conditions with you.
The keys to preventing a major bed bug infestation are early recognition, correct identification and prompt treatment. If you think you have bed bugs, contact us or call us at 888-662-8448 today! From our 5 service centers we serve the entire states of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island with reliable bed bug treatment options.
The common bed bug (Cimex lectularius), which had almost disappeared in the United States, has made a strong comeback over the past
The keys to preventing a major bed bug infestation are early recognition, correct identification and prompt treatment.
Adult bed bugs are:
You may also wake up with reddish bite marks or welts that itch. However, these bites or welts themselves should not be considered absolute proof that you have a bed bug infestation. It is possible that you were bitten elsewhere without bringing bed bugs home. Also, people react differently to bed bug bites. Some people get skin irritations, infections and scars from scratching bed bug bites.
Q: How do you get bed bugs?
A: Bed bugs have to be brought into your home. If you travel, bed bugs may hitch a ride in your luggage or get on your clothing if you visit an area of infestation. Used furniture is another way to bring bed bugs home, so be sure to carefully inspect any fabric or wood furniture you purchase.
Q: Besides bites, what are some other signs of bed bugs?
A: Some things to look for are:
Q: Where should I look for signs of bed bugs?
A: First, your mattress. Examine seams, piping and tufts and check under the mattress tags. Also, look carefully at the box spring and bed frame, particularly where fabric is attached to wood. Other places to check are:
Q: Do bed bugs carry disease?
A: There is currently no evidence that bed bugs transmit disease to humans. Bed bugs have been identified with 45 candidate pathogens, including MRSA, HIV, and hepatitis-B, C and E. “Vector competence” – the ability to acquire, maintain & transmit the pathogens has not been established. However, a recent study published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene found that mice are able to transmit Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas disease, to bed bugs who in turn transmitted it to other mice. To date, there are no or documented cases of humans contracting disease from the direct bite of a bed bug. Study is ongoing.