Pest Control – Bed Bugs

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Pest Control – Bed Bugs

Bed bugs were once a common public health pest worldwide, and recently, have made a comeback. Bed bugs are parasitic insects that live on a diet of blood. Feeding preferences vary among species, some being attracted to blood from bats, birds, or other warm-blooded animals while others are attracted to humans. In comparison to other insects, bed bugs are superior. They can go without food for up to 18 months and can live in many different places. That’s why every crevice and corner must be searched within 100 feet of furniture. Some bed bugs even live behind wallpaper or pictures. Adults can be seen with the naked eye. They are about 3/8 long and are reddish-brown. After feeding, the color and size of the bed bug change remarkably. Newborns are translucent and become browner as they age through the 5 molting processes. A single adult female can lay up to 200 eggs in a day. These eggs hatch 4-12 days later. It makes sense how an infestation can happen so fast.pest control san antonio - bed bugs

The presence of bed bugs isn’t determined by the cleanliness or price of a home or hotel. Bed bugs are most often transferred from a place of infestation such as clothing, luggage or bedding to an uninfected area. This could happen anywhere. Due to the increase in international travel, bed bugs have become a larger problem. This is probably due to the close contact between people in travel situations. Bed bugs are even being found in places thought to be immune to infestations, such as expensive homes and fancy hotels. Once a bed bug infestation occurs, it’s difficult to get rid of. Since they can go long periods of time without blood, not having a host simply forces them to move. However, how long is someone willing to not be around their home?

When a bed bug feeds, they don’t burrow as other parasites do. Instead, they puncture the skin with two hollow feeding tubes. One sucks blood while the other pierces and administers saliva to the wound. The saliva contains anticoagulants and anesthetics. This is why when someone is a bit, they cannot feel it. It’s also why a red bump often occurs followed by itching. Although there are 27 different pathogens that can be carried by a bed bug, there have been no cases of diseases being transmitted by bites. Bed bugs normally feed every 5-10 days and their peak feeding period is about an hour before sunrise. They are nocturnal insects, so while humans sleep, bed bugs are doing their work.

There are treatments for bed bugs, but the chemicals and insecticides previously used have been used for so long that many of the newer generations are immune. Recently, extreme temperatures have had success. Bed bugs cannot survive extreme hot and cold temperatures, specifically, below freezing and above 113 degrees Fahrenheit.

With the use of advanced technology, we use a machine that disperses Cryonite in order to freeze and kill bed bugs. Cryonite is carbon dioxide snow. It’s the same substance as dry ice, sitting at a very cold temperature of about -108 degrees Fahrenheit. The Cryonite effect is rapid freezing of the bed bugs by using a specific mix of particle sizes and speeds in order to create a quick energy transfer. This is what causes the freezing. This is also why the snow is different from that of what you would find in a fire extinguisher.

A fire extinguisher would not kill bugs just as a Cryonite machine would not put out a fire. The speed of the snow helps penetrate tiny cracks and crevices as well as get them through long pipes maximizing the freezing effect through the infected area. The other reason speed and high energy are important are so that the freezing snow has a hard impact on the bugs, guaranteeing contact. Once contact is made, the Cryonite does its job by killing the bug.

Freezing is the best method for bugs that are immune to pesticides and Cryonite is both environmentally friendly and hygienic. Cryonite is poison-free, meaning you can use it on any surface. It’s dry, so it can be used even in areas where moisture isn’t wanted, like electrical sockets and switch boxes, and it is residue-free, allowing for use in sensitive environments. Its accurate and reliable, making an impact on the rise of bed bug infestations.

The actual machine that delivers the Cryonite is a simple unit consisting of a trolley, hose, gun, earthing clamp and conductor and additional tools. The trolley allows easy transportation for the cylinder containing 7-10 kgs of carbon dioxide gas as well as holders for all the other equipment.

The gun holds the nozzle and is designed to help the user work with the machine as efficiently as possible. The gun allows for a larger reaching capacity than would be met by just the nozzle. This way, the user can get to difficult places like up high, nooks and crannies, and under and around