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Blue Mantis

Secomak announced at the Pest Tech exhibition held in Birmingham, its new system for eradicating bed bugs.  The Blue Mantis is based upon a field-proven design, first launched in 2006 and has been used successfully by a leading pest control service provider throughout the UK over the past eight years. 

The new design allows the system to be operated by just one person, dramatically reducing the costs of eradicating primary stage bed bug infestations.

System includes:

  • Drop-over hood to enclosure a king-sized bed and beside furniture.
  • Optional enclosure for luggage
  • Detachable, patented Heat BarrierTM to prevent possible escape from the hood via its fringe.
  • Carpet or floor under the bed also gets eradicated
  • Bayonet fittings on all ducting, reducing set-up time to just 10 minutes.
  • Thermally insulated hood and ducting to reduce eradication cycle time to just 90 minutes.
  • Operates from three standard 13 amp sockets.
  • Heater unit splits into two separate components, each weighing less than 25kg.
  • Blue Mantis Control Panel

                                                       Blue Mantis Control Panel

    Heat Barrier

    Secomak's patented, Heat BarrierTM is an integral part of the drop-over hood and is controlled from a separate source to maintain a temperature of 70°C, some 15°C higher than inside the drop-over hood. 

    As bed bugs approach the fringe of the drop-over hood seeking escape, their ability to sense temperature, drives them away from potential escape routes under the fringe.  The parasites perish along with their eggs after 60 minutes of exposure at 55°C because everything inside the hood is maintained at the lethal temperature, including the bed, mattress, bedding, headboard and bedside furniture.
    Heat Barrier

                                                                                                                               
     
    These new features enable the system to be unloaded and loaded, set-up and installed, and operated by just one operator.  The reduced cycle time will enable up to four rooms to be eradicated of primary stage bed bug infestation in a single shift, reducing operating costs and increasing potential revenues.


    A range of sealed enclosures and drop-over hoods are available – please call us to discuss your requirements.

      




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    Hood Sizes

    Drop-over hood for King Size Bed

    Dimensions: 2m x 1.54m x 1.5m

    Storage bag dimensions: 1m x 0.3m x 0.3m

    Weight: 17kg

     

    Tent enclosure for luggage

    Dimensions: 1m x 0.7m x 0.9m

    Storage bag dimensions: 0.5m x 0.2m x 0.2m

    Weight: 4kg

      

    Product Drawings

    Blue Mantis drawing

    Some interesting facts about bed bugs

    Bed bug

    → Primary Stage Infestations – where one or more eggs or insects are brought into a dwelling - Usually observed once adults start feeding on their chosen victim(s)

    → Secondary Stage infestations – when the offspring of the above start looking for other hosts - They are not confined to proximity of their parent’s host, i.e. detected throughout a room(s)

     

  •  They are nocturnal parasites that feed almost exclusively on human blood
  •  Adults can live for up to 12 months without feeding
  •  Adults start laying eggs after they have fed on human blood
  •  Adults will try to live within one metre of their chosen victim(s) head
  • They are sensitive to both changes in ambient temperature and carbon dioxide levels
  •  Each egg produces eight bed bugs
  • There are no report cases of infections resulting from bed bug bites 

     

  • Some interesting facts about Blue Mantis

    Blue Mantis
  • They are one species in a group of insects of more than 2,500
  •  They are mainly carnivorous and prey mainly on other insects and small animals
  •  They use their spiked front legs to grasp their victims before decapitating them
  •  The larger females are known to decapitate their mates after (and sometimes during) copulation
  •  They often feed on their own young but females guard their own eggs until they have hatched
  • Due to their striking appearance and behaviour, they are popular pets
  • Bed bugs are known to be a favourite food for Mantodea held in captivity



  • For the unfortunate victims of bed bugs…

    ‘Raise your eyes and count the small gang of your oppressors who are only strong through the blood they suck from you and through your arms which you lend them unwillingly.’ Georg Buchner