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PestPro Thermal Systems has been chosen as the exclusive provider of DIY bed bug treatment equipment by the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation. The bed bug heaters and associated equipment will be equally dispersed between all 5 local housing associations located in North Slave, South Slave, Nahendeh, Beaufort Delta and Sahtu.

Cara Bryant, a spokesperson for the housing corporation outlined the primary reasons given for choosing PestPro Thermal heaters for bed bugs. First, the difficulty in contracting and the very high costs for paying for bed bug extermination services in a timely manner is very challenging in such remote locations. Self-sufficiency in being able to provide DIY bed bug treatment was paramount. Second, the heaters to kill bed bugs needed to be both durable and self-repairable. It is not practical to think we can ship bed bug treatment heaters from such remote and seasonally accessible regions back to the manufacturer for repair. Third, top notch, responsive customer support was a hard requirement for both training and over the phone instructional support. Finally, ease of use and intuitive power options were very important. The ability of the bed bug heaters and fans to be operated by only one person was also important given the fluid nature of living in extreme conditions and unreliable travel.  Availability of parts was also important in the decision to choose PestPro Thermal. Parts used in their bed bug treatment heaters are all available from standard industrial parts suppliers which means the housing corp will not need to depend on PestPro to keep the bed bug machines operational.


"I think there is a large opportunity if we're to consider say, a hospital-type setting that is spending millions and millions of dollars a year now on very often single-use PPE. If this can even get one or two or three additional uses out of say, an N95 mask, it will increase the availability of PPE for our health-care system, it will decrease some of the strain and it will save our governments and health-care facilities in the process."  said CEO Delta 9, John Arbuthnot.

Delta 9's production partner is RSR Project Management, Winnepeg MB. Standard steel shipping containers are up-fitted to include two PestPro Thermal electric commercial bedbug heaters, two high volume (CFM) fans rated to operate at temperatures up to 180 degrees F/ 82 degrees C. UV sterilization lighting is installed as a secondary method to kill pathogens including SARS-CoV-19. PestPro Thermal Systems bed bug heaters were chosen by RSR over more than a half dozen different providers of commercial bed bug treatment heaters for their durability, dependability, open-source parts availability and steel architecture to be able to withstand the higher temperatures required to kill pathogens. PestPro's reputation for exceptional customer support was also cited as critical for long-term success of the national rollout.