During my trip to NY, I spoke with two PCOs about bed bugs. In fact, in NY, it’s hard to have a pest management professional talk about anything but bed bugs. It is on their minds non-stop, for good reason. The market for bed bug work is endless. You would think that pest management professionals have reached conclusions about how to treat, but they haven’t, nor have they reached any common conclusions on how to price. That’s actually a very good thing, as different companies gear themselves to different segments of the bed bug market.
I was surprised to hear how much cryonite has entered the marketplace as a valued control mechanism. I have always thought that freezing was an excellent alternative to heating, with better penetration in a quick timeframe with equipment that is far less expensive than heat. Whether using heating or freezing equipment, what you can’t get around in some unusual logistics. The equipment just doesn’t jive with what you traditionally find on a pest control vehicle.
I found there are still companies in NY, like our own, that believe you can do one and only one bed bug treatment effectively. Yet that is not the only criteria for having only one treatment, as liability concerns dictate much of what happens in the bed bug market.
There seem to be more folks leaning to Steri-Fab over Bedlam, but while both products can be used on a bed, they are apples and oranges – non-residual vs. residual. They each have their place.
So what’s up with bed bugs in the airport? I just realized that although I’ve been having conversations all week about bed bugs, I forgot to check for them in the airport! Perhaps it’s a false calm, but I’m happy I flew Southwest out of Islip, Long Island, rather than Newark, Kennedy or LaGuardia, the urban centered airports. I love Southwest, because of what they have – great service – and what – to date, they don’t seem to have. Bed bugs.