What You Should Know About Commercial Treatment of Bedbugs

Posted on: 28 November 2017

A few decades ago, a bedbug infestation was associated with dirty motels and residential homes. However, today, bedbugs can be found in the healthcare sector, public transportation, schools, and practically everywhere you find people. Unfortunately, these menacing bugs are not attracted by dirt or lack of hygiene. They can be found anywhere and can be transferred very quickly by one person. Unlike residential bedbug infestation where you can sometimes buy a few insecticides and cover the mattresses with a plastic cover, commercial bedbug infestation is much more severe. Here are some of the ways pest management professionals can deal with bedbugs in business settings.


Commercial pest control technicians are trained to spot bedbugs and differentiate them from other pests accurately. These technicians come with machines and microscopes to identify the bedbugs as well as specially trained dogs that can lead you to those places where the bugs are hiding. Most companies give pocket-friendly or even free inspections and then charge you for the treatment thereafter.

Treatment options

There is more than one treatment option that the technicians will discuss with you so you can choose. These options depend on several factors such as size and type of property. They will also take you're your preference into consideration, especially if you are against chemicals. If you choose to go the chemical way, there are three types of pesticide used to kill the bedbugs immediately. The pesticide's residue is left behind to kill any bugs that may have survived during the treatment.

The other alternative is using portable heaters and steamers, because if you subject bedbugs to heat above 48 degrees Celsius for a couple of hours, they die. Steaming has the advantage of reaching tight and hidden spaces and crevices and also destroying eggs. Anyone who has a problem with using chemicals can use heat or steam, but no residue is left, meaning the bugs can infest the place again.


After the initial treatment, depending on how severe the infestation was, the technicians will schedule a follow-up visit to come and see if there are any remaining bedbugs and offer an additional treatment. During the follow-up, the technicians can advise you on how to protect the premises from further infestations. They may also administer some pesticide to keep the bedbugs away.

Commercial bedbug control can be very challenging because of the high human traffic in most buildings. However, with regular treatment and some prevention measures like mattress encasements, you can have bedbug-free premises.