For those who have bedbugs, or suspect a bedbug infestation, the best advice to get rid of bed bugs is to hire a professional (licensed) pest control company. There are other alternatives, options, and approaches, but for effective, long lasting results, the experts know what to do and how to do it. Whether you are a tenant, a landlord, a homeowner, or building manager, you’ll be dealing with the same kind of challenges, stresses, and hassles – until the point when the infestation is cleared up. In the end, it has to be done right, once and for all.

For those who are living in multi-unit dwellings, preparing for bedbug treatment can be a horror show. Furniture must be emptied out completely; belongings must be packed away in bags; clothes and bedding must be laundered; and cupboards and closets must be emptied. Depending on the treatment approach, the pest control company will likely give special instructions to each occupant with regard to preparation. And treatments may range from insecticide sprays, to pressurized carbon dioxide, to heat treatment.

The important thing, regardless of treatment approach, is to make sure that effective control measures and prevention methods are in place after treatment. And because specialized equipment and special techniques are being employed, this is work better left to the professionals. Today, industry experts and government agencies agree that it’s best to hire an established pest control company, with trained, licensed technicians. This is not the time or place to be taking shortcuts, especially due to budget constraints.

While it’s true that many treatments can accomplish a certain level of extermination, most of them do not succeed at a level of 100%. Heat treatment, however, seems to rise above the rest, and when handled by professionals, the results are usually guaranteed 100%. During a heat treatment, indoor temperatures are slowly amplified until they reach the “thermal death point” of bed bugs. With proper treatment, a skilled operator can often eliminate an entire infestation with one single effort – once and for all.

With heat treatment, temperatures can exceed 40º Celsius, at which time the bed bugs are forced from hiding. The operator is basically creating an “indoor oven”, and when the temperature reaches 50º Celsius, the adult bed bugs die. In terms of effectiveness, this approach allows the extreme heat to penetrate into every little nook and cranny. It means that all of the conventional bed bug hiding places are well penetrated, including the floors, the walls, and even inside air ducts and electrical sockets.

As for pesticides, insecticides, and other pest control products – the best advice here is to be careful. And even though products may be governed by Health Canada, there are many concerns about human health and environmental safety. Even when a licensed professional is doing the treatment, there is cause for concern – more so, if residents or occupants are young children or the elderly. The bed bug infestation is problem enough, without creating additional danger