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KNOCKOUT – FREEZING BED BUGS AND OTHER INSECT PESTS – CRYONITE VERSUS A CO2 FIRE EXTINGUISHER – A COMMON QUESTION AND A POTENTIAL CATASTROPHE
August 1, 2011
Here at KNOCKOUT PEST CONTROL we get lots of emails asking us questions about all sorts of residential and commercial pests, but one that keeps recurring is about KNOCKOUT PEST CONTROL’s use of a high tech CO2 freezing method to kill pest insects without using pesticides.
The freezing system is called CRYONITE. The method is based on the concept that an extremely cold controlled blast of a very low temperature carbon dioxide snow, (actually an extremely low –108 degrees below zero), crystallizes insects, (a process called: homogenous nucleation), and it kills them instantly before they can put their bodies into any protective hibernative state.
There are a lot of great things about CRYONITE. It doesn’t add any CO2 into the atmosphere, the CO2 used is reclaimed CO2. CRYONITE doesn't leave any residue, not even water from the freezing. It’s not a pesticide/poison. It’s just really cold. So bottom line it can’t be more environmentally friendly… unless you’re a Bed Bug or Cockroach.
Yes, I said cockroach. CRYONITE kills many kinds of insect pests besides Bed Bugs. In restaurants and many healthcare settings the use of traditional pesticides and poison baits aren’t favorable. In these situations the freezing process of CRYONITE not only kills the insects on contact and hiding in cracks, under baseboards, and in wall voids, but inside electronic and sensitive medical equipment without causing any damage to the devices. CRYONITE is medical facilities dreams come true.
Now we are often asked if a CO2 fire extinguisher can do the same job as the expensive CRYONITE system that KNOCKOUT PEST CONTROL uses. The answer is NO. The CRYONITE system is much more than a blast of CO2. The CRYONITE “gun” and “nozzle” system is patented. This patented technology not only controls the force of the blast, but it controls the size of the CO2 “snow” it produces. These snow particles can be adjusted in size and mix of large and small sizes. These adjustments allow CRYONITE to penetrate extremely deeply into spaces hurtling them well into voids. The tiny almost microscopic particles also get around and cling to the targeted object and cover an insect sufficiently enough to transfer the crystallizing cold temperature. This unique freezing CO2 process has been patented and is called “the Cryonite Effect”.
Using a CO2 fire extinguisher not only produces too large and course CO2 snow particle, but its speed is too slow, the temperature too dispersed, the blast is uncontrolled, and too wide and too strong. There are documented cases where people have used a CO2 fire extinguisher to treat Bed Bugs, but not only did the fire extinguisher NOT kill the Bed Bugs, (especially having no effect on eggs),but the uncontrolled blast simply scattered the infestation from a confined area and broadcasted the Bed Bugs over a larger area, exasperating the problem.
So to answer the question: No, a CO2 fire extinguisher can NOT be used to kill Bed Bugs or other pest insects, unless you smash the bug with the canister. However, if it makes you happy, the CRYONITE system’s CO2 is so fine and controlled… CRYONITE would make an awful FIRE EXTINGUISHER.
Call KNOCKOUT PEST CONTROL for Bed Bugs and other pest problems. We’ll leave the fires to the extinguishers.
COMMENT BY: Olivia G. - 08/15/11
We have bedbugs here in Belgium too. Although I will never be able to use your services I want to thank you for having such informative blog postings. I particularly like this one about freezing bedbugs. We have had the Cryonite system in Europe for a few years now. I always wondered if a CO2 fire canister would work as well. Now I know. Thank you and keep posting.
COMMENT BY: Trixie - 08/22/11
You guys are so informative and have a crazy sense of humor. It is sort of comforting and tension easing. It builds trust. I have bed bugs in my single family home and came across your website's blog. I will call you for a n appointment because you seem to know a lot about getting rid of bed bugs. Best of all I like that you don't seem to promote killing a handful of bed bugs by cooking my entire house. I have had several other pest control companies in Brooklyn tell me that I had to vacate my home for several days to heat treat my house. Not only can't I afford the huge amount of money they're asking, I can't afford to be out of my home for days. Where would I go? I have 2 dogs and a bird. Then they tell me one thermal heat treatment may not be enough. Are they kidding? Your freezing treatment sounds great. In and out. So maybe you come back once or twice. I can stay in my house with my pets while you solve my bed bug problem. Freezing so much cheaper and faster than heating my whole house. The idea is to destroy the bed bugs, not my life.
ARTHUR M. KATZ
The short biography
Arthur M. Katz is president of Knockout Pest Control in Uniondale which he founded in 1975, and which serves the New York metropolitan area.He is an expert in termite, bed bug, rodent, bird, carpenter ant and bee/wasp control. Katz is recognized as an innovator in the field of pest management, his company, Knockout was one of the first companies to be chosen by Dow AgroSciences to offer the Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System commercially in 1995, and is the forerunner in the use of the electronic Sentricon detection technology. These systems offer property owners protection from termite infestation utilizing an environmentally responsible solution. It was important to Katz to be able to provide property owners with “green” sound alternatives. He is past president of the New York State Pest Management Association and is a past board member of the National Pest Management Association. Most recently, Knockout donated over $20,000 worth of termite prevention and protection to Nassau County’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums for use at Old Bethpage Village Restoration.
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