We use a bacteriological treatment to eradicate the parasites in Estrie, Montérégie and elsewhere
Aprehend® is composed of Beauveria bassiana fungal spores applied in a proprietary and patented formulation. Aprehend® is sprayed strategically in narrow bands where bedbugs are known to walk; direct spray contact is not necessary. Bed bugs of any life stage, sex or food status are killed within four to ten days of short-term contact with a treated surface. The fungal spores germinate within 20 hours of contact, then penetrate the bedbug's cuticle and colonize the interior, resulting in death.
Extensive laboratory studies have shown that when bedbugs pass through a treated surface, they pick up and transport fungal spores to the housing or nesting area. The spores are easily transferred to others in the colony, and any bedbugs that come in contact with the fungal spores die within four to ten days. This process of acquiring spores from a surface treated with Aprehend® and transferring them to the colony is repeated nightly until the population is eliminated. Spray residue remains effective for up to three months, so unlike chemical insecticides, only one application is needed to treat an infestation.
Due to its excellent long-term activity, Aprehend® will provide three months of protection against the establishment of bedbug infestations. Regular (quarterly) treatment with Aprehend® provides hotels and motels with the first and only effective method of protection against bedbugs and associated lawsuits, loss of reputation and remediation costs associated with bedbug infestations of bed.
Aprehend® effective for 3 months
Due to their cryptic nature, bed bugs are extremely difficult to target with direct spray application. An essential characteristic of any bed bug pesticide is the length of time that spray residue remains effective. Our results show that Aprehend® is just as effective three months after application as it is the day after spraying.
Only brief contact with the surface is required
Unlike chemicals, which require bedbugs to stay in contact with the spray in order to absorb toxins, Aprehend® requires only the briefest encounter with the spray surface to be effective. This figure illustrates how bed bugs that penetrate as little as 2 inches of a sprayed surface die in 5 days.
Chemical resistance – no problem for Aprehend®
Bed bug populations are becoming resistant to many commonly used chemical insecticides. These data show the effectiveness of Aprehend® against resistant strains of “Jersey City” and “Campus Coutryard” bedbugs against the chemical standard “Suspend SC”.