NORTH BERGEN, N.J., July 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The homeless population in Seattle, Washington is starting a trend – skipping the opportunity to sleep on a bed in a shelter in favor of a tent or simply sleeping in a park or under highway overpasses. Why? Bed bugs!
Since bed bugs first came back in full force in the early 2000s, the blood-sucking pest has been a nuisance to public housing, shelters, senior centers, and colleges and universities nationwide. But not until recently has the problem been so bad that homeless are skipping shelters altogether in favor of remaining bed-bug free.
Some Seattle pest management firms that work with shelters have been working with EcoRaider® bio-insecticide to combat the bed bug problem. EcoRaider is the pest control industry's leading green solution for killing bed bugs and it is a popular tool in housing authorities around the country.
As Bed Bug Operations Manager for Olympia, Washington-based Eden Advanced Pest Technologies, Cruzat has been focused on controlling a pest infestation that has been penetrating just about every type of customer sector – from hotels, hospitals and apartments to senior-living centers, residential homes and apartment complexes.
During her work trying to help a local shelter control its bed bug problem, Cruzat teamed up with the University of Washington to test bed bugs because they weren't responding to typical treatment methods. As it turned out, the strains of bed bugs were completely resistant to pyrethrins and pyrethroids, leaving Cruzat without a solid bed bug solution.
Her contact at the university introduced her to EcoRaider®, a botanical bio-insecticide that has since given her a fast, effective and green bed bug solution – one that works in every setting.
"Using EcoRaider made a huge difference for us," Cruzat said. "We were using conventional chemical products – we tried many things and none were getting it under control and we were treating every two weeks. Once we started using EcoRaider we saw a difference immediately.
"I'd say within a few weeks we saw a drastic reduction in the bed bug population. We haven't seen a bed bug in the shelter itself in months – at this point we are spot treating every two weeks with EcoRaider and it's working incredibly."
According to Cruzat, who has crews covering much of the Seattle and Olympia markets, her technicians are so convinced that EcoRaider is the product of choice for eliminating bed bugs that it has become part of regular protocol.
"We have technicians who quickly made it their everyday, primary pesticide – and it has become a main protocol. The bulk of our work is low income apartments, but we also do hotels, mainstream apartment complexes, residential homes, senior housing, office buildings and more – we're using it in all of these areas.
"EcoRaider is great to use in sensitive areas. With most products, you can only use them in cracks and crevices but with EcoRaider you can use a broad spectrum – you can spray full areas and that's super valuable to a pest technician. We love the product."
EcoRaider is proven by leading universities' research and government sponsored studies. Several publications show superior performance compared to leading pro-grade pesticides both in the lab and in the field. For the first time, both consumers and professionals can use a green pest product with confidence.
EcoRaider has many key benefits, including that it is fast acting, effective with extended protection, and it delivers a quick kill and keeps working for up to two weeks on bed bugs. In addition, it can be used almost anywhere, including on bedding and near food areas.
EcoRaider provides a strong natural solution that delivers both an immediate kill and long-term residual against ants. EcoRaider kills ants on contact in one minute, repels ants for up to four weeks, prevents foraging ants from penetrating structures and it also disrupts existing ant trails.
EcoRaider is a highly efficacious botanical-based bio-insecticide that can be applied anywhere bed bugs or ants are found without restriction. EcoRaider can be used in various settings, including schools, health-care facilities and public spaces.