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We know that “one-size-fits-all” doesn’t work when it comes to bed bug problems. Our specialists are trained to identify where your bed bugs issue is located and to eliminate bed bugs with a variety of treatment options depending on severity. Let Holder’s help you determine what will be the best, most cost-effective method for you.

Conventional Treatment Methods

What It Is

Conventional methods of bed bug control are typically used on bed bug infestations that are more localized. This treatment method is ideal for small homes or low-risk infestations in hotel rooms and apartment units. Usually, several rounds of treatment are necessary for the bed bugs to be removed completely. This helps eliminate bed bugs throughout various stages of the reproduction and incubation cycle. Resident, tenants, etc. are asked to vacate the property during treatment and wait to return until after the treatment has dried.

Methods

  • Pesticide Dusts
  • Pesticide Sprays
  • Crack & Crevice Injection / Spot Treatment
  • Mattress Encasements

How it works

Conventional treatment methods provide residual action. This means that the materials working against bed bugs are in effect even after the initial treatment dries. Not all ingredients have an effect on bed bugs, which is why a pest professional is necessary to determine the right bed bug treatment method for optimal effectiveness.

One limitation of using pesticides is access to the bed bug itself. Oftentimes, bed bugs are tucked away deep inside cracks, crevices or even in the wall, making it possible for them to be missed. The pesticide treatment also has no effect on bed bug eggs, which means they can still hatch after treatment. It also means that conventional treatment will require multiple visits. Flexibility is necessary when it comes to this type of treatment to allow for multiple treatments over several weeks, or even months.

Preparation Requirements:

  • DO NOT remove any items (mattresses/furniture) from the home. It is important that you leave all items in place to reduce the risk of spreading the infestation to other rooms, hallways, or adjoining residences.
  • DO NOT use or apply any type of over-the-counter products or pesticides anywhere inside the residence.
  • DO NOT place clothing into trash bags. All clothing in drawers and closets may be left in place.
  • DO, prepare a washed and dried change of clothing to wear the day of the treatment. Leave your home with as little as possible. Purses, handbags, backpacks, and briefcases should remain inside the residence for the treatment.
  • DO, be ready to leave your residence at the posted time. All residents and animals will need to be gone for the duration of the treatment.
  • DO, avoid visiting any other residences or common areas in the building until after the treatment is completed.
  • DO, clean up the entire residence. We will not proceed with the treatment with any of the following present in the residence: trash, left out or spoiled food, pet waste, or any other unsanitary items.

Bed Bug Heat Treatment

What it is:

Bed bug heat treatment, also known as thermal remediation treatment, is the most effective method of bed bug control and ideal for heavy bed bug infestations, especially in cluttered conditions. It is also the preferred method if bed bugs need to be removed quickly, as it typically only requires one round of treatment. Holder’s brings in industrial-sized heaters onto your property and heats your space to a temperature of 120°F or above. Bed bugs can’t survive in any stage of development under these temperatures, so the entire infestation is eliminated.

If you have a more severe case of bed bugs, or you want bed bugs removed immediately, then this is the best treatment option for you. Heat treatments are most effective for areas less than 2,220 sq. ft., including hotel rooms, apartments, condos and small homes.

Benefits:

  • It is a green pest control solution
  • Treatment is typically completed in one day
  • Kills all stages of bed bug development -adults, nymphs and eggs
  • Eliminates bed bugs in hard to reach areas including under floorboards, inside walls and electrical outlets, mattresses and electronic equipment
  • Peace of mind that no items will be left infested after treatment
  • Ideal for single family homes, apartment units, hotels, school dormitories and most other spaces

How it works:

Employing a heat treatment program is best for severe infestations, because it kills all bed bugs at every stage all at one time. Heat is best used to control the insects’ presence in a centralized location and is perfect in removing bed bugs in a singular bedroom or suite. This method can become very costly if multiple rooms require treatment though, so make sure to talk to your technician about the best fit for your specific circumstances. Some structural limitations exist to heat treatment, for example, rooms that are directly adjacent to a concrete foundation or a room significantly larger than the average home. Heating units are also run off generators, so there may be height restrictions on the use of their heaters. If you are situated in a high rise, make sure to tell Holder’s when you call.

Preparation Requirements:

Please follow the recommendations below in order to make sure your heat treatment is effective.

  • DO NOT remove any items (mattresses/furniture) from the home. It is important that you leave all items in place to reduce the risk of spreading the infestation to other rooms, hallways, or adjoining residences.
  • DO NOT use or apply any type of over-the-counter products or pesticides anywhere inside the residence.
  • DO NOT place clothing into trash bags. All clothing in drawers and closets may be left in place.
  • DO, prepare a washed and dried change of clothing to wear the day of the treatment. Leave your home with as little as possible, leaving purses, handbags, backpacks, and briefcases inside the residence for the treatment.
  • DO, be ready to leave your residence at the posted time. All residents and animals will need to be gone for the duration of the treatment. Please wait for the technician to arrive before leaving for the day. Feel free to ask the technician any questions about the preparation or treatment at this time.
  • DO, if you live in a multi-family building, please avoid visiting any other residences or common areas in the building until after the treatment is completed.
  • DO, clean up the entire residence. We will not proceed with the treatment with any of the following present in the residence: trash, left out or spoiled food, pet waste, or any other unsanitary items.
  • DO, vacuum your entire home and vehicle. Discard the vacuum bag or empty the vacuum canister into the trash.
  • DO, secure all loose papers and all valuable/breakable items from shelves, nightstands, or end tables that could be knocked down by air movement.
  • DO, locate fish tanks. Any fish tank larger than 10 gallons must be removed. If under 10 gallons, it can stay in the residence, but must be moved into a bathroom, basement or other approved area.
  • DO, locate the following items. These cannot be in the residence during the treatment. They can be either placed into the refrigerator or placed into containers/boxes that the technician will remove from the residence during the treatment:
    • Aerosol cans, candles, fire extinguishers, ammunition, unopened beverage cans/bottles/2 liters, live plants, and/or musical instruments.

Our team will provide you with additional instructions/recommendations prior your bed bug heat treatment.

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