Bed Bug Control Services

Canine Inspection Services

Our canine bed bug treatment inspection in Alexandria, VAOur canine inspection team is trained and certified at the highest level by the National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association (NESDCA), and stays abreast of the latest detection and training techniques.  We accurately detect and isolate bed bug infestations, allowing for effective elimination.

You may already be certain that you have bed bugs in your home or business.  Our inspection team can pinpoint the degree and source of the infiltration with incredible accuracy to include finding even a single isolated bed bug.  If you think you have bed bugs but aren’t certain, our canine team will confirm their presence or absence in your home, and identify where they are hiding.  Most importantly, we will pinpoint the location of the bed bugs in order to provide the best information possible to determine an effective treatment plan.

Our bed bug detection team has extensive training and work experience in detecting and isolating bed bugs and their eggs in locations that are unlikely for a human inspector alone to find.  Upon arrival at your home or business, our detection team will immediately start the inspection process. A certified handler will lead the dog around every room while she sniffs for live bed bugs and their eggs in and behind furniture, mattresses and box springs, closets, dresser drawers, and toy boxes.

When the CiMEX dog alerts, her handler will confirm the presence of live bugs and/or eggs in the identified area.  This may involve moving mattress, box springs, and furniture, taking off outlet switches, and inspecting clothing, picture frames, stuffed animals, and toys.  Our handler takes detailed notes of infested locations so that all bed bugs are eliminated during the treatment process.

At CiMEX, we use beagles for inspection and detection.  Bed bugs emit a very slight musky odor, not easily identified by the human nose.  A beagle with over 225 million olfactory receptors can easily pick out the bed bug scent and locate the source.  The compact size of a beagle also makes it ideal for detecting bed bugs – low to the ground for sniffing floors, mattresses and electrical outlets and light enough for our handler to pick up for inspection of higher areas.  This results in an accuracy rate of over 97% versus a human accuracy rate of only 30%.

Please read our Preparation Guide for K9 Inspection

Thermal Convection Heat Treatment

Bed Bug Inspection ServiceBed bugs are incredibly tough and resilient with one exception— they die quickly under high heat conditions.  The science is simple and proven. Bed bugs in all life stages including eggs are completely eradicated when exposed to temperatures over 120°F for a relatively brief time period. For this reason, heat is absolutely the best method for achieving complete eradication of bed bugs and their eggs with a single treatment

Our trained technicians will introduce heat safely into your business or residence using state-of-the-art thermal convection heaters and powerful fans to distribute the heat evenly to all areas. This process allows heat to penetrate beds, furniture, electronics, wall voids and clothing.  The technicians will open drawers, closets, bags and boxes; and also move furniture and beds to ensure heat reaches all areas where bed bugs may be hiding.

The entire process takes 12 to 24 hours, under constant monitoring by our technicians.  Temperature probes will be used under carpets, behind baseboards, and inside mattresses to continuously monitor temperatures to guarantee complete bed bug extermination. Once temperatures above 135 degrees Fahrenheit have been recorded in a room, we will continue to heat for an additional 4-5 hours.

The process works because the heat treats all areas of the home including cracks and crevices. As the home reaches temperatures of 135 degrees Fahrenheit, beds, sheets, mattresses, and linens will get extremely hot. No matter how well hidden, the bed bugs will be unable to escape from the heat. The high temperature makes the entire home deadly to bed bugs and their eggs unlike sprays and powders which only make the treated areas dangerous.

Preparation required for the heat treatment process is simple.   Please read our Preparation Guide for Thermal Convection Heat Treatment.

Steam Treatment

Bed Bug Extermination ServiceSteaming is an affordable alternative to Thermal Convection Heat.  Steam will effectively kill bed bugs in all the stages of development; however, it may require multiple treatments to achieve complete elimination.  Our technicians will steam mattresses, box springs, furniture, carpets, toys, and draperies. After streaming, we treat with ecologically friendly processes to further ensure the demise of any bed bugs and eggs.  We often solve the bed bug problem with one or two steam treatments. In some cases, a third treatment is required to eradicate any remaining bed bugs.

Our CiMEX technicians are equipped with commercial steamers and trained and experienced with using steam to deliver lethal temperatures to where bed bugs are hiding. Steam is very effective when bed bugs are on the surface of items and up to 3/4″ into fabric surfaces. In cracks and crevices, steam will kill bed bugs up to 2-1/2” into a gap. We use infrared thermometers to monitor the surface temperature of the area being treated. To effectively kill bed bugs the surface temperature must reach 160-180°F immediately after the steam brush has passed.

 

Preparation required for steaming is more comprehensive than with Thermal Convection Heat. Please read our  Preparation Guide for Steam Treatment.