Using Aprehend® with mattress and box spring encasements

New research conducted at Penn State University tested the compatibility of ActiveGuard® liners and passive, encasement type mattress and box spring protectors with Aprehend®. The results demonstrated that the permethrin-impregnated ActiveGuard® liners had a minor effect on the viability of the Aprehend® spray residue when measured by % germination of the spores. The overall effectiveness of Aprehend® as measured by bed bug mortality after exposure to the treated surfaces 1 and 5 weeks after application was not negatively impacted.

What does this mean to you? The bottom line is that passive and impregnated mattress liners are compatible with Aprehend® and the application of Aprehend® to either type of liner enhances bed bug mortality. However, since there is no added advantage of applying Aprehend® to ActiveGuard® encasements, best practice implementation of these products would be to use ActiveGuard® on the mattresses, where Aprehend® cannot be applied, and Aprehend® on box springs with passive encasements or directly to the box spring itself.

The full research article from the Journal of Entomology can be found HERE: Persistence and Lethality of a Fungal Biopesticide (Aprehend®) Applied to Insecticide-impregnated and Encasement-type Box Spring Covers for Bed Bug Management.

Hope Rescue Mission: Using Aprehend® to improve the residents' quality of life

Hope Rescue Mission has successfully incorporated Aprehend® into their bed bug protocol and reduced their incidents to “almost zero” while improving the residents’ quality of life. In difficult treatment scenarios like this (older structures with lots of nooks and crannies, highly transient population, furniture & clothing drop-off center), Aprehend® can be a great weapon in the fight against bed bugs. Check out their story in the new Aprehend® Field Notes.

 
 

Introducing the Aprehend® Extension Wand Kit

Based on PMP demand, we’ve created this easy to use 32” extension wand that quickly attaches to the Aprehend® Low Volume Sprayer Kit. A simple change to the attachment angle allows an overhead application for things like ceiling edges and crown moldings or a floor level application for surfaces like baseboards.

Eliminate the need for ladders or step stools and save some wear and tear on your back and knees. Only $30, P/N 40200 and available direct from ConidioTec or through BWI, Oldham, Target Specialty/Residex, or Univar.

See it in action:

Aprehend® Extension Wand Kit - setup and use video

Aprehend® Paired with the Cimex Eradicator steam generator

This new case study shows how Aprehend® enabled Green Flag Services (Lake Mary, FL) to offer a low-cost, effective bed bug remediation service requiring just one treatment. The addition of steam using the Polti Cimex Eradicator allowed them to offer bed bug treatment with immediate relief from bites, plus the long-term residual of Aprehend® for a fraction of the cost of a standard thermal remediation. Green Flag offers a 12-month warranty with their single-visit bed bug remediation service and after 64 treatments has only been called back for 5 re-treats. Read the full report which includes prep work and treatment protocol:

Aprehend ® paired with the Cimex Eradicator steam generator

 
 

Updated Client Preparation Instruction Sheets for Use with Aprehend® - Now Available for Download

Aprehend® supports current best practice, ‘minimal preparation’ by clients prior to treatment.  Now available for download from the Aprehend® website (www.aprehend.com/documents), these editable preparation sheets (in English and Spanish) can be printed for handing to clients prior to treatment.  The prep sheets can be edited to align with company policies on aspects such as moving furniture items etc.  The prep sheets also provide clients with information on what to expect after Aprehend® treatment, and what NOT to do following service.

PMPs currently using the Aprehend® preparation sheets report a higher client compliance rate than previous preparation protocols.  Of course, there are always clients who do not, or cannot prepare for treatment as instructed.  In these situations, Aprehend® will still work, but time to eradication is likely to be longer due to the increased number of random harborages present. 

 
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New Downloadable Trifolds for Aprehend®

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Announcing the arrival of two new downloadable trifolds.

The first is a revamped version of our original trifold, which explains how Aprehend® works.

The second includes summaries of three ‘real world’ case studies from PMPs in the field. These are now available as PDFs on our website for download and printing.

We hope these are useful for your marketing and promotional activities.

Please let us know if you would like us to produce any other bed bug/Aprehend® related materials that might help support your business.

Aprehend® case study: Eradication of bed bugs in a vacant apartment

This new case study describes the eradication of bed bugs from a vacated dwelling after the landlord’s indiscriminate use of “bug bombs.” This non-professional approach led to a 6-month infestation with bed bugs widely dispersed throughout the apartment. By using Aprehend® as a primary treatment, supplemented with CimeXa® dust and intercepting devices, Witt Pest Management (Pittsburgh, PA) was able to declare the apartment bed bug free well within 30 days from the initial treatment.

Read the full report which includes prep work and treatment protocol:

Aprehend® case study: Eradication of bed bugs in a vacant apartment

 
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Aprehend® case study – Effective pairing with heat treatment

This new case study describes the effective pairing of Aprehend® with heat treatments to offer competitive solutions in price-sensitive markets. With an increased presence of (often unlicensed) heat treatment operators offering cheaper, but less thorough bed bug treatments, Bug Bakers™ (Columbus, OH) was looking for alternative approaches in their market.

Bug Bakers™ evaluated Aprehend® and established a treatment protocol that enabled them to offer an effective alternative to heat treatment at 75% of the heat treatment cost.  Customers welcomed the lower cost, chemical free approach.  Bug Bakers™ are now using their heat rig about 50% of the time, while Aprehend® treatments represent 40% of their bed bug jobs, with pesticides at 10%.

By offering Aprehend® as an alternative or an add-on service to heat, Bug Bakers™ has experienced a 10-15 % increase in profits.

Read the full report:

Aprehend® Case Study – Effective pairing with heat treatment