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Freezing out the bed bugs

Post date: January 4th, 2013

They feed almost exclusively at night, make their best effort to hide during the day and prey on people when they're least suspecting it.

Their primary food source?

Human blood.

Taking all that into account, it's fair to say bed bugs share a lot in common with your everyday vampire, but one Lower Mainland company is at the forefront of new technology to eradicate the household pests.

Canadian Pest Control Ltd. is set to roll out a natural combatant in the war on bed bugs, called Cryonite.

"Cryonite is a freezing process. It turns CO2 in a gas canister, the same as you have in the back of a restaurant to turn pop into fizzy pop, into super cold snow, which is blown out under pressure," said Brett Johnston, general manager of Canadian Pest Control. "The super cold particles of snow hit the bug, shock the bug, and they cannot adapt to the massive drop in temperature -- and they die from shock."

Though used in Europe and the U.S. for decades, Cryonite was only recently given the regulatory green light by the federal government. Johnston's company will be the first in Metro Vancouver to roll out the new technology, and he expects to be offering it to customers this month.

Other methods used to kill bed bugs have traditionally involved pesticides, heat treatments, steamers and vacuums. Cryonite, however, is a more efficient way to kill the bugs, and the process can be completed quickly without masks, respirators or the use of any pesticides. In fact, those having their properties treated with Cryonite can remain in their homes while the process takes place.

"The great thing about Cryonite is that it's immediate. With the vast majority of pesticides, it takes several minutes, if not hours," Johnston said. "The real kicker with Cryonite is that it kills eggs. Pesticides don't kill eggs; eggs are quite well protected from their environment, but the super cooling is something that penetrates the egg and kills the egg."

Bed bugs have enjoyed a worldwide resurgence since the late 1990s and early 2000s and a number of theories exist as to why that's happened. In the Metro Vancouver context, Johnston said the bug's proliferation is likely due to the multitude of cultures that use Vancouver as their starting point before scattering across the region and province. And given that bed bugs are human parasites, they have conditioned themselves to adapt to any situation. The bugs are first attracted to humans through the emission of body heat and plumes of CO2 that come off the body, and because the bugs inject an anesthetic when they bite, most people will never know they've been bitten or have an infestation, until it's too late.

Though they prefer to feed at night, if a person is a shift worker and sleeps during the day, the bugs will feed on them during daylight hours. That said, the bug's preferred feeding hours are between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m., Johnston said, the hours when people are most likely to be in their deepest stages of sleep.

A full-grown bed bug is about the size of an apple seed and is reddish-brown in colour.

"Their food source is strictly blood," Johnston said.

"They have a piercing, sucking mouth like a mosquito, but they don't have a chewing mouth part. They cannot feed on anything else: just blood. And they really prefer humans."

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Do you know what the saying, Crazy as a bed bug means?

Im not certain but I do know that at times, the bites from a bed bug can itch with such intensity that they can almost drive you crazy.

And, unfortunately, there has been a resurgence in the number of bed bug infestations.

Bed bugs can cause many problems but fortunately they are almost never carriers of any serious infectious diseases.

However, they are responsible for symptoms, and the most disturbing one is intense itching.

The itching can be so severe that it results in the affected person scratching the bite with such ferocity that bleeding takes place in the area of the bite. This is a setup for a secondary bacterial infection that frequently requires antibiotic treatment.

Allergic reactions may also take place but they are not too frequent and occur more commonly in people who already have allergies, such as asthma.

The exact cause of the resurgence of bed bugs is not known although various theories have been expounded.

They include, increased international travel, exchange of used furniture and the bed bugs increased resistance to insecticides.

Some experts believe the recent bed bug infestation started in high-end hotels that cater to wealthy foreigners. The bed bugs were unknowingly residing in the travelers suitcases. When the suitcases arrived at the hotel, the bed bugs escaped, usually finding refuge somewhere on the bed.

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Bed bug bites were long thought to be relatively safe, but recently published reports indicate that bed bug bites can indeed transfer dangerous pathogens

TORONTO, June 7, 2012 /CNW/ - Researchers and scientists have studied bed bugs for many decades and have generally come to the conclusion that bed bugs could not transfer dangerous pathogens. However, recently published reports by Sean Abbott, Ph. D., senior biologist for Natural Link Mold Lab (NLML) determined that bed bugs have the ability to transfer live staphylococcus aureus (staph).

One recent report describes a Tennessee man's luxurious getaway to a premium rental cabin, which turned into a trip to the E.R. after he received multiple bed bug bites causing a severe bacterial staph infection. Fortunately, the man's infection, located on his leg, responded positively to an E.R.-prescribed oral antibiotic and he fully recovered from the infection approximately two weeks later.

Due to these recent discoveries, the Bed Bug Division of Magical Pest Control urges property managers to protect their tenants or renters from potentially lethal bed bug bites by hiring a licensed bed bug detection team to inspect their properties for bed bugs and bed bug eggs before opening their doors to customers.

"With the recent news of bed bugs transferring deadly pathogens, anyone renting their property must now take on the serious moral responsibility of hiring an expert bed bug detection team to perform a quick bed bug inspection of their property to ensure the health and safety of their tenants and renters," says Alex Dayan, manager of Magical Pest Control. "If bed bugs are detected, the best method of getting rid of them is through ThermaPureHeat treatment which is eco-friendly and pesticide-free."

Magical Pest Control's ThermaPureHeat treatment penetrates deep into a structure's cracks and crevices to kill bed bugs and their eggs where they are hiding. Pesticides, in contrast, are typically not effective in exterminating bed bug eggs, therefore, when relying on pesticides multiple treatments are often required to kill bed bugs after eggs hatch. With ThermaPureHeat, only one treatment is required to get rid of bed bugs and their eggs simultaneously.

For a free bed bug consultation or to book a bed bug inspection, contact

Magical Pest

Magical Pest Control is a Canadian owned and operated pest-management company based in Toronto, Ontario. Magical is composed of a large team of government licensed technicians. In business since 1997, it is one of the largest pest control providers to the property management sector. While specializing in pest management for apartments, condos and commercial accounts, Magical also services residential homes and office complexes.

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[youtube=] Black couch completely infested with bed bugs. Look at all the bed bugs in the crevice. All the little white tubes are the bed bug eggs.

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Cryonite Science Behind Freezing.mp4

Post date: January 3rd, 2013

[youtube=] Cryonite the non toxic all natural method to rapid freeze and instant freeze bed bugs dead with carbon dioxide snow.Used professionally with pest control companies,hotels,property management,government housing and facilities. Cryonite, CO2, "bedbugs" "bed bugs" "bedbug" "bed bug" "freeze pest control" "flour beetle" "grain beetles" "cacao moth" moths beetle "saw-tooth beetle" "dry goods storage" millers granary, grain, flour production Bedbug spray in the form of carbon dioxide does not require any special licensing, but must be handled with common sense and care

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Toronto, ON (PRWEB) September 11, 2012

In the face of a substantial year-over-year increase in bed bug infestation reports, the treatment industry is experiencing both an opportunity and a challenge. The increase offers plenty of business for bed bug response teams, but the difficulty in permanently dealing with even a small infestation leads many consumers to question the efficacy of treatments that require multiple applications and offers few guarantees.

Into this ongoing battle has stepped Heatsolete, founded by a Toronto-area landlord tired of dealing with repeat applications of abrasive chemicals and steam treatments for his tenants bed bug reports. Heatsolete makes use of a new, domestically-manufactured heat-based treatment that is demonstrably faster, 100% effective, and more efficient than alternative methods. The treatment is based on equipment that heats the affected area to between 49 and 65 degrees (120-150 degrees Fahrenheit) without using propane, which would necessitate open windows and thus extend the cost and duration of the treatment. This temperature level is sufficient to kill bed bugs, which are otherwise quite hardy, and works fast enough that bugs die instantly @ 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat kills bed bugs period.

The final and most essential component to the treatment is a thermal imagining camera, which gives the company the ability to confirm that areas treated have achieved a bare minimum temperature ensuring the complete eradication of not only bugs & their eggs but also mold, mildew & air borne pathogens. Those dust mites that you have in your bed, their dead also. This unique detection process assures the resident, lending valuable peace of mind to those who have required the service.

Heatsolete has recently joined the FS Local community of small, locally-based businesses, and has consequently managed to have a larger impact on the bed bug battle through a combination of enhanced outreach and education along with its unique advanced heat-based solutions.

Heatsolete is the first company in Ontario with this highly advanced technology. A Toronto area pest control company using the Integrated Pest Management System focusing almost exclusively on bed bug prevention, detection, and eradication. They offer education & awareness in preventative maintenance along with highly advanced heat-based technology and treatment services for the entire GTA.

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