Are you a gambler?
Are you or is your PCO banking on the information depicted in the graph below to remediate your home form Bed Bugs?
I am a bed bug remediation specialist and I will agree with most of the information above. It is however very misleading for the following reasons.
Do to DIY applications of- the so called bed bug killing sprays that are sold over the counter, are mostly repellants. Most of these products create a barrier and discourage the bed bugs from crossing . Bed bugs are very common in nightstands and other areas around the beds components because of these products and application area.
The area most misrepresented in this study is the area between the bedroom and couch. This must be part of -OTHER.
My company does heat treatments almost every day of the week. Almost every home that I have found with live activity of bed bugs in a bedroom has had the host of that bedroom move to another room of the house. Most often that move involves a couch. When a host leaves, bed bugs will migrate in search of a new host, a transition. The area and duration of the transition between the bedroom and couch becomes an opportunity for endless exposer to a dwelling. The time frame is undefined due to the laying of eggs and other host discovered along the way.
A big reason that my company has a 99.1 % complete elimination of all stages of bed bugs after one Heat Treatment is that no area or any contents within a structure confirmed with live activity of bed bugs is left untreated.
The area in the study labeled-OTHERS, which must include the laundry, is very misrepresented with my experience as both a canine handler and bed bug remediation specialist. The single greatest reason for a failure of a bed bug remediation is due to- OTHER -not being addressed.
The structure that one lives is simply a conduit for bed bugs to move. The ultimate habitat with unrestricted access
Lastly- the study does not cover content of a dwelling or personal automobiles. Why not- because most do not have the ability and resources to manage these areas so why cover it.
I have a content management program that addresses any level of content and I routinely heat treat cars, trucks, vans, busses, boats, aircraft…
So what is my concern and reason for addressing the study?
There are companies teaching the limited preparation is the answer to bed bug elimination. A new plan of attack - to do less and have greater results. Many are looking for ways to do less and like the fact that they can do less for the same compensation.
A company banking on the information depicted in the graph to focus all their efforts in obvious areas while discounting other areas is a gambler. Playing the odds while a customer pays the toll. If you are treating the bedrooms, living room and passing on the bathrooms, hallways, laundry room, kitchen, dining room and home office- you are spot treating.
I do not gamble. I strive for success with out any consideration of short cuts. My record is the foundation of my efforts.
Remember-Compromise is the first step of accepting less.