Instant Freeze Is The Safe Way To Solve Bed Bugs in a Data Center

JulySliders2Bell Environmental Services has deep experience solving problems for sensitive environments such as corporate and telecom data centers. In our experience data centers can have problems with pests interfering with telecom networks and client and carrier servers. In our experience rodent have gnawed through wiring, shutting down an entire facility, causing extensive downtime and a loss of profits; roaches have shorted out computer networks; and bed bugs have hitchhiked into facilities via their IT staff, harming employees and businesses’ reputations. Moveover, the methods used to treat these insects have to reflect the delicate nature of the computers, as you can’t use liquid or powder pesticides inside or near machinery.

Bell Environmental has complete programs to resolve bed bug and other pest issues for data centers. We regularly inspect for bed bug issues in corporate environments so your information technology staff, call centers, and other employees are not subject to these hard to detect insects. Once found, Bell Environmental specializes in using a non-pesticide approach to pest control which allows us to service sensitive environments including data centers, and also offices and laboratories where chemical and conventional methods cannot be used. Our InstantFreeze method is dry ice which is completely safe to use on electronics even while it is operating- so you never have to shut down a server. No other company has the scale, skills, experience and infrastructure to treat sensitive data environments.

How does our treatment method compare to other ways of treating computers and electronics?

This video is the clearest explanation that we can offer of our safety and effectiveness and why you shouldn’t even consider other methods.

Elaborating further you simply can’t treat bed bugs with the other methods, especially thermal or radiant heat.

DRY HEAT: We wouldn’t recommend exposing your iPad or other electronics to the high heat that is part of a thermal heat treatment.  Thermal heat treatments eliminate bed bugs by raising an entire room, including electronics to temperatures between 113 and 140 F.  Similarly, there are portable units and trailers in which you can place your items that will heat up these items to a sufficient temperature at which insects will die.

While these temperatures may kill insects, these extreme temperatures aren’t safe for delicate electronics.  Your instinct is right not to leave your cell phone on the dashboard of your car on a hot day in direct sunlight – so why would you expose your electronics to high temperatures.  The manufacturers agree: see Apple’s Environmental Requirements for the iPad that state that iPads shouldn’t be exposed to extreme temperatures.

  • Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)
  • Nonoperating temperature: -4° to 113° F (-20° to 45° C)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
  • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m)

Experts warn against having electronics in high temperatures– as there are real world examples of computers being damaged by high temperatures such as servers placed underground in New York City.

Alternatively the pest control companies employing these other methods do not treat these items, so their treatments are not nearly as thorough and the likelihood of success is much lower!  As the client noted above- you need to treat everywhere in an affected area as bed bugs do live in electronics.

CHEMICALS: What about Chemicals? You wouldn’t want to use liquid or powder pesticide on a laptop.  It could cause damage, and besides it’s a surface that you touch.

STEAM: Steam is hot water- and water and electronics don’t mix!

Bell Environmental has the best solution for treating an entire location, including the computers and electronics on site, whereas steam, dry heat, and chemicals will damage them.  InstantFreeze is uniquely safe for treating computers, server rooms, and data centers.