Pest Control Services
Bed Bug Removal Edmonton & Information
- Bed Bug Dog Inspection
- Targeted Heat Treatments
- Bed Bug Treatment Preparation
- Heat Chamber
- Bed Bug Facts
- DIY – Do it yourself tips – Bed Bug
- Bed Bug – FAQs
Bed Bug Dog Inspection
Our Trained K-9 offers a 90% accuracy rate, as opposed to the approximately 30% accuracy rate of a trained human inspector – and no other company can offer that!
A trained pest management professional can only detect visible signs of bed bugs in a room.To check if there is activity behind walls, baseboards or under carpets, the room would have to be stripped down and baseboards pulled away from the walls. Due to a dog’s keen sense of smell, our dogs can detect bed bugs behind walls, making his inspection a more thorough and accurate one. More accurate detection means that if there is bed bug, Our K-9 will be alerted to it and control measures can begin.
Trained K9 Inspection with Highest Accuracy
In Canada, dogs have been successfully used by the military and law enforcement agencies to locate firearms, ammunition, explosives, narcotics, missing persons and accelerants used in suspected arson cases. The same training used for these purposes is now being used to train dogs to search for bed bugs. Our K-9 can smell through walls, floors and even underground – long before humans can see any visible signs. It can crawl into tight spaces that human inspectors cannot. Early detection can save human discomfort from bites by detecting and treating hot spots before the damage is done. Our K-9 has undergone more than 600 hours of training, demonstrating his ability and accuracy in detecting bed bugs.
This is a fantastic advantage for the real estate buyer and the business owner/manager because our K 9 offers a 90% accuracy rate, as opposed to the approximately 30% accuracy rate of a trained human inspector – and no other company can offer that! Our internationally recognized K-9 detection team will inspect your business or home for pests.
Bed Bug Targeted Heat Treatment
Targeted heat application is one time treatment which involves three parts as follow:
1. Thorough inspection done with our bedbug detecting dog and technicians
3. Free 30 days follow up inspection
Part One: Thorough Inspection
During the initial inspection, our bedbugs sniffing dog and technician will inspect the entire place including all the bedrooms and common areas ( ie, bathrooms, living rooms, basement etc). This complete environmental scan will provide us with the exact level of bedbugs’ activities within the unit, so that we can decide the best course of actions for the treatment.
Part Two: Treatment
Depending the result of the detailed inspection from part one, we will then determine the best treatment methods. The treatment is combinations of using the targeted steam, chemical spray and vacuuming the nest if needed. We utilize the heat toward areas where we found bedbugs eggs; chemical spray will be applied to the perimeter of unit and furniture as well, as the insecticidal spray will provide a barrier for any potential bedbugs that may be in an areas that wasn’t seen during the inspection. For the nesting areas, technician will use flush light vacuuming clean to eliminate the large population. The effectiveness of the treatment is highly dependent on proper preparation by the client. We provide detailed preparation sheets so that unit is ready for our technician to the do the most detailed application.
Part Three: Follow up inspection
The last step of our treatment is that we offer a free follow up inspection after 30 days of the initial treatment. The follow inspection will be carried out by our Canine inspection teams and well trained senior technicians. The purpose of doing inspection is that we want to ensure the treatment is successful and the place is clear of bedbugs’ activities. If there are any additional recommendations, we will provide this information upon completion of the follow up.
For rental apartment buildings, townhouse/duplex complexes, or high rise condominium suites, we strongly recommend doing inspection to all adjoining units. This advanced inspection technique will pin out the source of infestation and therefore allowing clients taking necessary measures to stop bedbugs spreading to the adjacent units.
Without proper preparation of rooms, bed bug outbreaks are more likely to occur again. ECOPEST has the experience and resources to implement control over the situation and help prevent further outbreaks. Most tenants are not aware if how to properly prepare a room before having their suite treated. It is challenging for some clients when they have limited time and mobility to prepare rooms for treatment. Our service will ensure that rooms are properly prepared and appropriate order is restored once treatment is complete.
If you would like to book a preparation, please call our office at 780-448-2661or email us at [email protected]
Bed Bug Heat Chamber Treatment
What is heat chamber?
The heat chamber is an eco-friendly method for getting rid of bedbugs and wood destroying insects in furniture and other items. The heat chamber will heat items up to 45°C and will maintain a bedbug killing temperature for up to four hours. This effectively treats items that are sensitive to chemicals, cannot be treated, or that you would prefer not to treat with traditional insecticides. Using heat to kill bedbugs and their eggs allows for easy and efficient eradication of bedbugs on high value bedding and luxury fabrics without the stains, mess, or toxins caused by chemical treatment. Hot air is able to penetrate cracks and crevices a lot better than a chemical or dust in a safe and non-staining manner.
How much does it cost? And how big is each chamber?
For price, please call Ecopest Inc office at:
780-448-2661 or 1-866-ANY-BUGS
Dimension of small heat chamber: 8*12 ft
Dimension of big heat chamber: 12 * 20 ft
What items can I bring for Heat Chamber?
– bedbugs Infested furniture
– Luggage (empty or full)
– Backpacks, books
– Sleeping bags
– Bed pillows and decorative pillows
– Children’s plush toys
– Dry clean only fabrics
– Mattress & box springs
– Electronics & appliances
The chamber can accommodate furniture from a 600 square foot 2 bedroom apartment.
NOTE: Be aware that some items will either explode or melt, such as aerosol cans, candles, paintings, photographs, and other heat sensitive materials when considering the heat chambers.
Items that do not require heat chamber:
– Anything washable, such as clothes, dishes, outdoor equipment, kitchens utilities etc.
Items that can’t be placed into the heat chamber:
– Pictures, oil painting, anything that is flammable or will melt, candles, cosmetics, lipsticks etc.
Why Should I Use heat chamber?
Heat chamber provides the perfect security and peace of mind for the frequent business traveler, family who travels abroad, person who is concerned about the growing threat of bed bugs, family of any college student, family who travels away from home and stays in any hotels, or for that matter anyone who simply does not want to deal with an infestation of bed bugs in their own home.
With heat chamber, you’ll never have to worry about bringing home bedbugs again! After any trip, just drop off your luggage or clothing in at our heat chamber, for the small investment for your home, Ecopest will provide the most environmental friendly bedbugs protection and peace of mind.
Bed Bug Facts
Bed bugs are small, flat, reddish-brown insects that are found in people’s bedrooms. They can be found along mattress seams, box springs, headboards, and baseboards, where they hide during the day. Bed bugs have a one-year life span during which time a female can lay 200-400 eggs depending on food supply and temperature. Eggs hatch in about 10 days.
During the night they will bite which usually leaves small itchy red marks, like that of a mosquito bite. The level of reaction varies from person to person. Often these bites are found in rows, on the arms, legs and torso.
It is important to note that bed bugs (unlike some other insects) are NOT an indicator of poor cleanliness, lack of sanitation or bad housekeeping. Bed bugs only need to have a person living in a home, regardless of the conditions.
Bite marks are the usual indicator that bedbugs are present. Most people have reactions of itchy red marks, but some people don’t react to their bite. Asides from bite marks, an indication that you may have bedbugs are the droppings they leave on sheets, pillows, and blankets. These look like small black drops of blood.
The best indicator of bedbug activity is the bed bug itself.
Bed bugs, in the past, were thought to be eradicated. Recently, due to increasing travel through the world, as well as a decrease in pesticide use in general (hotels), there has been a dramatic rise in bedbugs. People who travel can pick them up in their suitcases and clothing and bring them back into their homes.
If you think you may have a problem with bed bugs, you would need to thoroughly inspect the bedroom. Check the mattress seams, box springs, spaces or cracks in headboards, along the baseboards, and any small gaps that the bed bugs could hide in that are close to your bed, between the cushions of couches and chairs, under area rugs and the edges of carpets
If you find bed bugs or are noticing symptoms, please give ECOPEST (or your management company) a call so the problem can be properly diagnosed and treated. By doing this, you can help keep your building well maintained.
Female & Male Adults
Why Are They a Problem?
– Bed bugs feed on blood
– Bite is normally painless
– Bite location does not have any characteristic red spot
– About 80% of bite victims develop an allergic reaction to the saliva from the insect
Are they dangerous?
– They have been found to carry 27 different disease organisms
– Relapsing fever
– Q Fever
– Never proven conclusively of human biological transmission
Why Are They “Back”?
– Several theories
– Never went away
– Increase in international travel schedules
– Luggage, clothing, airplanes
– Change in pest control procedures & training
– Decreased use of residual pesticides
– Furniture rental and used furniture
Signs of an Infestation
– Emits a sweet odor described as obnoxiously sweet
– Blood spots on bedding
– Welts on occupants
– Live insects
Where Are They?
– Bed bugs hide in cracks and crevices close to food sources
– Great hitchhikers
– Can survive most any transportation mode
– Have been found and treated on aircraft and cruise ships
An infestation of bed bugs is NOT evidence of unclean or unsanitary living areas. World class hotels have reported bed bug infestation in recent years perhaps due to the increased domestic and international mobility of society in the past few decades
– 5 instars in the nymphal stage, gradual metamorphosis takes 38 to 45 days
– Must have blood meal to molt from each instar
– Can survive extended periods without blood meal in between each molt
– Average life span is about 6 – 9 months
– Known to survive without blood meal
– Nymphs 3 months
– Adults up to a year
While bed bugs can be very difficult to control without pest control professionals, you can succeed to some extent if you are thorough in keen identification, preparation and treatment.
– Start by getting rid of any clutter, as this will eliminate the places they can hide.
– Next, seal all items in plastic bags before moving them from the infested room. This will prevent you from spreading the bed bugs to other rooms and making your problem worse.
– Look for bedbugs droppings, eggs and live bedbugs in the bedding, furniture and baseboards.
– Identify the infested area and spray with Eco Bug Buster.
– After spraying protect your bedding with bedbug mattress and box spring covers.
Q: Where do bedbugs come from?
A: Bedbugs are spread through human travel. They can be obtained from visiting a hotel, hostel, family, or friends. They can be transferred through an overnight visit, or a day visit. Once they are introduced, they can spread through an apartment building (from unit to unit).
Q: I kept getting bites on my body, but my other family member didn’t, is that normal?
A: Yes, it is normal, because everybody has different allergic reaction towards the bites. Some people does not react toward bites, therefore they do not feel itchy and do not notice any bites on their bodies. We suggest carrying out the bedbugs sniffing dog inspection to your place; alternatively you can always check with your doctor.
Q: What do bedbug bites look like?
A: These look like mosquito bites, however not everybody reacts to the bedbug’s bite and some people react more. It depends on a persons’ allergy level to the bite. When a reaction occurs, they are usually red, slightly raised, and itchy. Also, they are often found in rows or circles along arms or legs.
Q: Do bedbugs transmit diseases?
A: No, they have never been shown to be able to transmit any diseases.
Q: Does the cold kill the bedbugs?
A: To kill bedbugs, the temperatures would need to be below -30 degrees Celsius for 6-8 days. This doesn’t kill the bedbugs’ eggs, so if you brought it back inside the eggs could hatch and re-infest your unit. A hot wash and a hot dryer is a much better method to kill bedbugs.
Q: Are you guys only using heat for the treatment? I heard some companies will heat up the entire place, will that be more effective?
A: No, that is probably thermal heat application, and it is totally different procedure compare to our targeted heat application. Our targeted heat application will be MORE effective, because it will be a combination of inspection, targeted steam/insecticidal spray/vacuuming of nesting areas, with 30 days follow up as well. We always inspect the entire place first, and found the sources of problem, and concentrate our application toward to the infested areas. (Bedbugs are not always everywhere in the house, they are most likely near by the resting areas, therefore it is not necessary to heat up the entire house.
Q: Do you guys guarantee the job?
A: Yes, we do guarantee the job. If the preparation and recommendations are followed, we will provide 3 months guarantee to a single house, 30 days for townhouse/duplex, apartment. If all the adjacent units’ inspection will be done, if they are clear or will be treated, then we can provide 3 months guarantee
Q: What kind of dog do you have?
A: Border collie and Beagle cross jack Russel
Q: Where did your dog get the training?
A: Florida Canine Academy
Q: How accurate is your dog inspection?
A: A trained Dog offers a 90% accuracy rate, as opposed to the approximately 30% accuracy rate of a trained human inspector. For us, we will always carry out the Canine inspection followed by a visual inspection; therefore, we will always provide the most accurate inspection result. The trained K-9 unit will lead us to the infested areas, it is up to our technician to find the actual status of infestation, such as dropping, live activities, casing, nesting areas etc.
Q: Will the spray leave a stain?
A: Our sprays do not stain. We don’t spray on leather or other similar materials, as it can soak in and cause damage.
Q: I am not comfortable that you will spray any chemical to my furniture?
A: We will only spray/treat the seams/edges of the furniture, like the seam of mattress, underneath the bedframe, plus client always need use clean bedding, and do a thorough vacuuming to the treated place. For most of cases, we do not spray dining table, chairs, kitchen appliance, electrical appliances etc.
Alternatively, we can suggest heat chamber to the client, it will a chemical free way to eliminate bedbugs.
Q: Is the spray air-borne?
A: The spray is non-volatile and therefore is not in the air.
Q: I have bedbugs and how do you guys fumigate the place?
A: Fumigation is old treatment method, and we do not do fumigation to house/apt, we will do the targeted heat application to eradicate bedbugs.
Q: I have dog/cat/bird at home, can I leave them in unit while you guys doing the inspection/treatment?
A: NO. Pets need to be out of unit on the job day.
For the inspection, we do not want animal disturb our dog, as this is working K-9 dog. No feeding is allowed as well.
For the treatment, customer needs to take them away, and make sure that they should be out of treated place for at least 4 hours.
Q: I heard that other company can do 3 treatments for bedbugs, and it is cheaper, will be that better compare to your one time treatment?
A: Spray is the old traditional way to kill bedbugs, the spray doesn’t penetrate the bedbug eggs; therefore 3 treatments every 2 weeks are necessary to catch the eggs hatching and eradicate newly-hatched nymphs. For us, we always recommend the targeted heat application, which is more effective way to treat bedbugs.
Q: Do I have to wash all my clothing?
A: We recommend washing all clothing that could have come into contact with the bedbugs. This is especially the case for clothing on the floor, from suitcases and in drawers. Hanging clothing, provided it doesn’t touch the floor, should be okay.
Q: Do I need to prepare all the room? Are you going to treat the entire place?
A: Yes, please follow the preparation sheet; we are going to inspect and treat the entire house, including basement, bathroom, living room, and bedroom. Please try your best to do the preparation, the better preparation you do, the better job we can carry out. (But we do not spray/treat kitchen cupboards, cabinet, pantry, as bedbugs do not stay in these areas.)
Q: What do I do if I have a heavy piece of furniture by the wall that I can’t move?
A: You can leave a heavy piece of furniture and our technicians will work around it.
Q: Do I have to get rid of my mattress? If I get rid of mattress, will the bedbugs’ problem be gone?
A: We would only recommend getting rid of the mattress if there is a very heavy infestation, especially if the mattress is ripped and the bedbugs are able to get inside the mattress itself. This is something that our technicians will recommend on site to either yourself or your resident manager. There are other alternative ways to keep it, such as using the heat chamber or using mattress/box spring covers.
This will get rid of the bedbugs that are on your mattress, but it doesn’t take into account the bedbugs that are behind the baseboards and other gaps.
Q: If I wrap my mattress in plastic, does this kill the bedbugs?
A: No. This can help to contain them inside the mattress, but it doesn’t kill the bedbugs. If you have covered your mattress or couch with plastic we would recommend removing it prior to a spray treatment. If it is left on, our spray isn’t able to penetrate the plastic to kill the bedbugs. We sell mattress/boxspring covers that can be used to keep your mattress/boxspring bedbug-free after the final treatment.
Q: Your tech did the steam/heat/spray to my place last week, and I still saw some bedbugs last night?
A: It is normal to notice some activity for two weeks after the spray. Our spray has very good residual effect. So, the bedbugs will come in contact with chemical. It is recommended to continue vacuuming the bugs for at least two weeks. Please keep monitoring the activity for two weeks and if the activity continues to increase, please contact our office again. I will send my tech to do a remedial spray. ( if the client called again after 2 weeks, then get exact details, such as got bites, area that they found problem, live or dead bedbugs, bed/couch has activities etc, send a tech for a remedial.
Q: I have serious medical condition/asthma/surgery; do you think 4 hours is enough time?
A: You should consult this situation with your doctor. You can get the MSDS sheet on our website. We are not doctors, and we cannot provide suggestion if this is related to your health.
We have over 50 years of experience in the Pest Industry!
Boardwalk Equities Inc. has been using the services of EcoPest since 1996. During this time we have found EcoPest to be efficient in eradication of pest situations. All arising situations are handled in prompt and pleasant manner.
I’ve always found their work to be of the highest quality. This, combined with their professional attitude gives us what we need. I would not hesitate to recommend them to any individual or company.