It is universally accepted, that the best way to get rid of bed bugs in your home is with the help of professional bed bug treatment.
We advise all homeowners to act quickly, and at the first sign of a problem to ensure quick and efficient control and to action any prevention tips so that bed bugs do not return ever again.
A conventional Ehrlich bed bug solution consists of 3 independent visits typically over a 4 to 6 week period.
Our service begins with an assessment, then moves onto a customized treatment plan, followed by a follow-up service, as detailed below.
Your Ehrlich technician will provide you with a preparation sheet (also available in Spanish), which lists the minimum requirements that you should complete prior to a service.
We often recommend a thorough cleaning of all areas and rooms in your home, if required. This will help to disturb and eliminate potential harbor sites for bed bugs.
As part of the preparation, you may be asked to disassemble your bed for easier treatment.
In the case of large infestations, we may recommend that you discard your mattress and box spring (ensure these are wrapped and sealed in plastic in the infested room before removal).
If you wish to keep your mattress and box spring, we would recommend you purchase a bed bug mattress protector, as this will help to minimize potential for re-infestation.
Further recommendations include:
It is important to understand if there might be possible contributing factors to a potential bed bug problem.
Your technician will ask you a series of questions, which will include:
A thorough inspection of your home is critical as the first stage of a control plan and this may be a little disruptive. Ehrlich offers a FREE bed bug inspection of your home.
As part of the inspection we will:
Bed bugs are cryptic by nature and prefer to remain hidden during daytime. Your Ehrlich technician will use a bright flashlight to look in any dark, isolated places, which may harbor bed bugs, as well as looking for other common signs of their presence.
Insect monitors (sticky traps) may be left around bed bug hotspots to catch some insects but generally a visual inspection is far more productive.
Your technician will wear disposable gloves to avoid bed bug bites and may use multiple hand tools, including a magnifying lens as part of the inspection.
Dogs are known for their keen sense of smell and at Ehrlich we have a team of trained bed bug dogs, which can help to detect and locate the presence of bed bugs in your home - their detection is proven to be extremely accurate.
A compliment our home inspection service, these specialized dogs help Ehrlich technicians to inspect for bed bugs quickly and with less disruption.
Your Ehrlich technician will be able to review and recommend multiple solutions that are available to bring your bed bug problem under control.
Through targeted bed bug training programs, our technicians are trained to understand the biology and habits of bed bugs to ensure successful treatment.
Our approach will always be sensitive and sympathetic, recognizing how emotional and stressful a bed bug infestation may be.
This environmentally-friendly process has now been adopted in the industry for bed bug control, and heat treatment is widely regarded as one of the most effective solutions for bed bugs.
Portable heaters, either electric or propane-fired, are used to gradually heat the ambient air within rooms to above 120º F while monitoring with strategically placed temperature sensors and infrared thermometers.
This high temperature is then held for 1 ½ to 3 hours or more depending on the level of infestation, and relative level of clutter in the treated rooms.
Contact your local Ehrlich office to find out more, as heat treatment is not offered in every service area.
Conventional treatments consisting of insecticides remains our primary and most turned to approach for handling bed bugs.
Several insecticide formulations, including liquids, dusts and aerosols, are typically required for a thorough bed bug service due in part to the varying types of surfaces, materials and situations encountered.
Dusts are an excellent tool to use when treating for bed bugs. These formulations tend to last longer than their liquid counterparts and can be easily applied into voids where liquids may not reach or should not be applied.
Aerosols are also convenient tools, especially when fitted with a crack and crevice tip, allowing direct application into cracks and crevices where bed bugs like to hide.
Vacuuming will be able to remove large portions of a bed bug population from areas where they are visible
Treatment will usually begin at the focal point of the infestation, which is generally the bed in an infested room, followed by careful treatment of all items in the vicinity, including baseboards, floor/wall junctions, tack strips under carpets, behind electrical outlets and switches, cracks in walls and floors, items hanging on walls and relevant structural voids.
High temperatures are lethal to most insects provided they cannot quickly escape to a cooler location. The temperatures produced by portable steam units are more than sufficient to kill bed bugs and their eggs upon contact.
Steaming allows us to treat all surfaces of mattresses, box springs and upholstered furniture, which are often restricted with insecticides.
Steam may NOT be appropriate for treating all surfaces due to the moisture that is produced.
While not our first choice, fumigation is also an option in a few select situations.
Fumigation uses materials in a gaseous state, which can penetrate all items placed within a fumigation space and is able to kill all stages of insects present during the exposure period.
Freezing is also an option for eliminating bed bugs from some items which can not be treated conventionally
As a homeowner, you can action this solution by using your home freezer.
Enclose infested items in plastic bags and freeze them for about a week.
A chest type freezer will allow you to freeze larger items too.
While freezing is reported to be effective against nymphs and adults, eggs appear to be more tolerant of cold temperatures and must be exposed for at least 30 days before they become non-viable.
At Ehrlich, we ensure that there is a follow-up with every customer. Our current standard practice is for at least 2 follow-up visits after the initial corrective service, to include inspection and treatment as needed.
We provide this service to ensure that we have effectively resolved your bed bug problem.
As with any other pest, early detection is paramount!
As a homeowner, you can help to avoid and reduce the risk of bed bug problems, by following good housekeeping practices, such as:
However, even the cleanest of homes can develop a bed bug problem, which is why travel advice on bed bugs and general bed bug awareness is useful to prevent a problem.
Ehrlich’s Year Round Protection Plan now covers Bed Bugs at NO ADDITIONAL FEE for the first 12 months of service.
Prevention is always better than cure, especially when the cost of eliminating these insects in a home is quite high.
If you enroll in the Year Round Protection Plan, you can help to guard your home against this unwanted insect and other common household pests.