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Comparison to Treatments by Other Companies:
At Bed Bugs all Gone, our exterminators in the San Francisco/San Jose Bay Area and around the Central Valley use the most advanced method in extermination. The majority of our clients have had their bed bug bites stop from the first night and never return. Though you receive a free 15 month warranty against bed bugs getting back on your beds, 95% of our clients never have to use it!
At Bed Bugs all Gone, we prefer our eco-friendly treatment methods (this is the method we exclusively employ) but there are several professional bed bug treatment options available—each associated with various pros and cons. Learn about other available methods of bed bug treatment in the text below and why we prefer our eco-friendly approach.
Traditional Toxic Treatment:
We do not know of any positive points to the toxic, professional bed bug treatment option. The bed bug epidemic has increased by 15-20% yearly for over two decades despite the widespread use of this traditional approach.
- Most toxicants tend to be repellants and spread the bedbugs farther afield
- Bed bugs have become ever more immune to the toxins used today; toxic chemicals are therefore less effective
- This method may require hours of preparation for each treatment
- The chemicals used are usually toxic to you, your children, your pets, and your plants
- The protocol for toxic treatment is 3 separate services over the course of weeks
- It requires vacancy for usually four hours on each treatment
- The success rate is considered poor in the long run. There was an article in one of our trade magazines where a company bragged that it could achieve control 80% of the time after 3 visits. That means that 20% of the time they need to come back a fourth, fifth, or even sixth time to get control. (Their clients call us after they have had a many as six unsuccessful treatments)
- This approach does not leave an effective long-term residual. There is nothing to protect you from re-infestation during the course of the ensuing year
- Companies offering toxic treatments offer only a 30-day guarantee, if that
Dry Heat Treatment:
- It might kill bed bugs in a day if done effectively. Effectively is a keyword here
- It is less expensive than fumigation
- You need a master at dry heat treatment to eradicate the bed bugs. If the home is heated too hot, valuables in your home will be destroyed (Steve Coy was on site watching a demonstration and saw this happen first hand.) If it is not heated hot enough, for a long enough time, the bed bugs will survive
- You must remove anything that might melt or become damaged by the 150-degree heat such as candles, make-up, plants, food, etc.
- If you live in an apartment or condo, the bed bugs can duck through the walls and hide out at your neighbor’s for a while; only to come back later and “bug” you. Or worse, it can stay in the neighboring units and spread the infestation
- If you are on a concrete slab, the bedbugs can duck down in colder crevices and survive the effects of the heat. (You are still infested.) Bed bugs can survive any place that does not get to 120-degrees, such as drafty windows, by cold water pipes, and in areas where insulation keeps the heat at bay
- You have absolutely no residual protection from bedbugs, the scourge of the 21st century. The day after treatment you are fair game to be infested again. As bedbugs become more and more prevalent, there is a greater chance of reinfestation
Toxic Gas Fumigation:
- If done properly, you may be rid of existing bedbugs within four days
- Toxic gas fumigation is extremely expensive
- The circus tent announces to the world that you have bedbugs (or termites)
- It is cumbersome in that you have to totally leave your home for three or four days and find other housing. Depending on where you stay, there is always the chance that you will re-infest your home on your return
- You must remove all plant life, animal life, food, and anything else you do not want impregnated with deadly vikane nerve gas
- If somehow, a bedbug manages to escape the gas (which is highly unlikely), you’ll still have bedbugs
- You have no residual to kill bedbugs after treatment which can be transported into your home in any number of ways. (Most likely you have no idea how you “caught” this dreaded disaster in the first place, and you won’t know from which it came the next time)
- Fumigation is generally only for single-family homes, not apartments or condos since you can’t tent just part of a structure
- There can be damage to the landscape, roof, or other parts of the home from the erecting and dismantling of the tent that will encapsulate your entire home
Cryogenic (Cold) Treatment and Steam Treatment:
These treatments are most certainly impractical in most situations. If you are interested, you can discuss these methods with Steve Coy, owner of Bed Bugs all Gone. We know of no one in the San Francisco/San Jose Bay Area or the Central Valley that relies on these two options for a whole room or home extermination.
Choose Your Treatment Wisely
Now that you’re aware of the commonly-used professional bed bug treatment options available to you, take the time to learn more about our eco-friendly treatment. Click here to find out how we use this complete method for every service with nearly a 100% success rate.