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Bed Bugs: Effective Control
Introduction Steve Peltier has over 35 years experience in Pest Management Steve’s Pest Management has completed over 10,000 Bed Bug services since 2006 Steve’s is one of the largest Pest Management companies in Ontario Our Technicians are professionally trained and certified on an ongoing basis.
Agenda Bed Bugs in History Current Pandemic News Bed Bug Biology Bed Bug Activity Prevention Inspection Treatment
History of Cimex lectularius L
Bed Bugs Through History First developed in Caves feeding on Bats, mammals and Humans in the ancient middle east Mentioned in writings of ancient Greece/Egypt/Rome, like Socrates First BB Exterminator John Southal 1700’s 1800 to early 1900’s estimated that 1/3 of all homes had BB’s and 100% of low- income housing
Bed Bugs in the NEWS!
Bed bug Biology Adults are the size of an Apple Seed Broadly oval & flat Reddish Brown Upto 1 year w/o feeding Survive temps from 0-32 celcius & fahrenheit Get in a Crack the width of a business card
Life Stages Eggs Survival Capsules Laid in sheltered area Hard to remove Nymphs 5 Instar Stages Must feed to molt Adult Live upto 2 years 10 BB’s can become 15,000 in 4 months
Bed Bug Activity Nocturnal Attracted to heat sources/CO2 upto 20 feet away Not proven to transmit disease CDN study that links MRSA with BB’s Will travel hallways in search of hosts Hitchhikers – will attach to you
Prevention Multi-Unit Dwellings Second highest risk group for spread Higher turnover = higher risk Most buildings are not sealed well DE or Silica Preventative Dusting 100% effective after 14 days* Tenant Education Sessions/Packages Kill rooms being installed Liability for BB’s being written into leases.
Inspections Multi-Unit Dwellings Look for: Live BB’s, Eggs, Casings, Fecal stains Already infested in 1 unit, Inspect ALL Untreated 10 BB’s become 15,000 Inspections widen until presence confirmed or inconclusive. Weekly/Monthly ‘light’ inspections by maintenance staff Time to treat is at low level, do NOT wait.
Treatments Multi-Unit Dwellings Clear advantage in multi-layered defense Steam, Heat, Bed encasement, Climb ups, DE dusting, education sessions All current chemicals only kill on contact Continual use High Heat Steamers Total heat is most effective post-treatment Use mechanical dusters, not DIY Every layer provides more protection