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CimeXa vs. Bed Bug Heat Treatment

A significant amount of people, in an effort to save money, will resort to off-the-shelf products to resolve their bed bug infestation before consulting a professional bed bug heat treatment company. An insecticide, such as CimeXa, can seem like a good first attempt at ridding yourself of bed bugs, but there are some caveats— will it be as effective in one application as a bed bug heat treatment service? How safe is it to use?

We’ll talk about bed bug heat treatment vs. the use of a product, like CimeXa, a little further.

What is CimeXa?

Similar to Diatomaceous Earth (DE), CimeXa is an engineered silica dust, but unlike DE, it is amorphous (non-crystalized). CimeXa acts as a residual powder and, when it comes into contact with a bed bug, will cling to its shell. It will absorb the waxy, protective cuticle on their shells. This will eventually cause the bed bug to dehydrate and die.

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How is CimeXa applied?

Diatomaceous Earth and CimeXa can be applied as a powder. To cover a larger area, it can be mixed with water without affecting potency and applied using a sprayer. It is odorless and causes no staining. Once it has been applied to an area, it can remain effective for up to 10 years, if left undisturbed.

It is important to note that this product has to be placed strategically and in all places that bed bugs COULD be hiding. If you miss an area, they won’t come in contact with the dust, which will eventually lead to them laying more eggs.

Is CimeXa 100% Effective?

Since CimeXa is a silica dust that is only activated when in contact with a bed bug, it is only harmful to adult bed bugs and nymphs. This means it is not effective on the eggs.  Another infestation can occur if the adult bed bugs have laid eggs. A bed bug usually lays between one and five eggs per day, totaling about 500 over her lifetime! To prevent this from happening, many professionals would perform a follow-up treatment.

Is CimeXa Safe?

CimeXa contains 92.1% silicon dioxide as synthetic amorphous silica. Though silica in this form is not known to cause silicosis (a lung disease), a particulate dust mask is recommended due to its drying properties. The drying effect can also irritate the eyes and skin.

CimeXa vs. Bed Bug Heat Treatments

Bed bug heat treatment is a highly effective method of eliminating bed bugs. It is 100% safe and effective and will terminate all life-stages, including the eggs, in one day. It can be used in conjunction with CimeXa since there are items upon which pesticides cannot be applied, like bedding and clothing. CimeXa is not affected by heat treatments. 

It is important to note that some bed bug exterminators will not heat treat a home if DE or CimeXa has been used. This is due to the high-velocity air movers that are used to propel the heat which can cause the dust to become airborne.

If you think you have bed bugs or are interested in a bed bug heat treatment, contact Bed Bug Barbeque, LLC in Lakewood, Ohio! We use heat treatment to eradicate bed bugs and we offer entire home sanitation heat treatments as well as bed bug heater rentals. This safe, effective treatment is completed in less than 12 hours, and Bed Bug Barbeque, LLC offers a 60-day warranty so you can achieve peace of mind knowing your bed bugs are gone. Contact Bed Bug Barbeque, LLC today for a FREE quote at (216) 221-1227.

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