NEW YORK, N.Y. (November 14, 2010) – The Steritech Group, Inc, the second largest commercial-only pest prevention provider in North America, is establishing a new benchmark in commercial bed bug treatment with the launch of its portable SleepEasy™ Thermal Chamber. Bed bug infestations have recently reached epidemic levels and have become a front line issue for hotels and resorts as well as colleges and universities, health care facilities, and a growing number of other businesses.
According to Mark Jarvis, CEO of Steritech, “The costs of dealing with these pests can be staggering. Their mere presence can damage your brand reputation, put you in danger of litigation, and cause untold losses in room revenue and infested furniture and bedding.” Conventional treatment methods can take anywhere from 14 to 21 days to eliminate bed bugs from an infested room and frequently require hotels to throw away mattresses and other expensive furnishings. Steritech’s patent-pending SleepEasy Thermal Chamber uses high heat, a proven method for quickly killing bed bugs in all life stages. In as little as 24 hours, a room is back in service – and with its original furniture.
“The portability of our Thermal Chamber allows us to treat privately within the affected area, while providing alternative approaches for items sensitive to heat,” said Jarvis. “Steritech has developed a unique solution to mitigate risk, reduce the cost and protect your brand.” The Thermal Chamber is the newest addition to the comprehensive SleepEasy Bed Bug Program that includes a 90-day guarantee. The Thermal Chamber treatment works seamlessly: once bed bugs are detected on premises, Steritech’s service specialists arrive with the portable Thermal Chamber. All treatment takes place in the affected room. Infested furniture is placed inside and heated to eliminate all bed bugs present. The specialists manually treat any objects that are sensitive to heat and make pinpoint pesticide applications of low-impact products to the room.
Steritech’s Thermal Chamber is more reliable, safer and discreet than other heat treatments used on the market according to Mr. Jarvis. It may be difficult to heat all infested materials to the necessary temperature when trying to heat a whole room, particularly the entire mattress where bed bugs can hide. Additionally, whole room heat treatments can damage sensitive furnishings, electronics and wall coverings. He explained by containing the heat in the specially designed Thermal Chamber it ensures consistent and thorough heating of the infested items. Mr. Jarvis explained that the Thermal Chamber fits with Steritech’s EcoSensitive® approach of eliminating pests without unnecessarily applying pesticides. “Precise applications are used only when necessary in response to detailed inspection,” he said. “It is a more intelligent approach to pest prevention – safe, yet highly effective,” he added.
The complete Steritech SleepEasy Bed Bug Program includes canine scent detection, full-scale bed bug treatment programs and educational materials to help train staff on early detection techniques. In addition, Steritech offers a full line of Protect-A-Bed® Mattress and Box Spring encasements that are not only impenetrable to bed bugs, but are machine-washable and help guard the mattresses against allergens such as dust mites and mold.
According to Mr. Jarvis, Steritech’s Zero Tolerance® Pest Prevention programs are designed to give customers peace of mind. “Our industry changing approach means that we do not tolerate pest infestation of any kind, under any circumstances, for any reason,” he said.
If you are interested in Thermal Chamber Service for your property, please call 800.868.0089.
The Steritech Group, Inc. provides specialized brand protection services for the hospitality, retail, food processing and healthcare industries. The premier provider of food safety, quality assurance and pest prevention services, Steritech is a trusted partner to many of the world’s leading brands. Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Steritech has operations throughout North America and serves clients in 30 countries. For more information on Steritech, please visit www.steritech.com or call 800.868.0089.