Bed bugs were fairly common in the U.S. before World War II. With the widespread use of DDT in the 1940s and 1950s, they all but vanished. However, they still were widespread in areas such as Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe.
Bed bugs have grown increasingly insecticide resistant, and there are few treatment alternatives as regulatory restrictions have reduced the number of chemical options. They have recently made a comeback in the U.S. and are increasingly being found in hotels, motels, health care facilities, dorms and other locales, and even public transportation. Immigration and international travel, and less effective bed bug pesticides have contributed to the resurgence of bed bugs in the U.S.
Bed bugs can be a big problem. About the size of an apple seed, they feed on human blood for up to 10 minutes at a time. Their bites can leave itchy, red welts and victims often become nervous and frequently feel phantom bites and crawling skin. For businesses, bed bugs will affect a property's revenue performance. For homeowners, bed bugs strike terror, and make you feel unsafe in your own home.
PPC's Thermal Remediation system features the following benefits:
With PPC's green bed bug treatment, you can treat the area today, and use it tonight. A service available in Wisconsin only from PPC.
In November 2008, PPC became the first pest control firm in Wisconsin to use a thermal remediation system to eliminate bed bugs wherever they are found. Thermal remediation is a safe, environmentally-friendly approach to killing bed bugs at all stages of life, from eggs to adults.
The TempAir system includes its own generator and four, 460-volt heaters. PPC technicians slowly heat the affected area to 120+ degrees and maintain that temperature for 3.5 hours. The high heat draws the insects out of hiding, whether they are in bedding, TV sets, night stands, alarm clocks, behind pictures, or imbedded in computer keyboards and monitors. The heat dehydrates the bed bugs, melts their cell membranes, destroys the bugs’ enzymes and coagulates their proteins.
PPC’s TempAir system is a “green approach” that works. It is tenant and guest friendly, and one treatment does the job. In the past using chemical treatments, it would often require 3-4 applications, with no guarantee that you would get them all.