Do you have strange bites on your shoulder or legs when you wake up? Have you noticed any reddish-brown spots on your sheets recently? If you suspect a bed bug infestation, having your home inspected and treated as soon as possible can help you avoid an infestation. In this post, we’ll share some of our best tips for getting rid of bed bugs without hiring an exterminator and when to call in the professionals.
DIY First Steps to Control
Try these remedies if you need to get some bed bug killing done quickly while waiting for your treatment appointment. Remove all clutter, place it in a plastic bag, and discard it outside. Vacuuming will not eliminate a bed bug infestation, but it will help keep the population under control. If you move items from room to room, your problem will spread to other house areas. Clutter and trash should be placed in a bag and taken outside as soon as possible. After vacuuming bed bug-infested areas, clean the vacuum outside right away.
Traditional Chemical Treatment
Insecticide-based treatments necessitate perseverance. Bed bugs exposed to the insecticide during your treatment will die quickly, but most bed bugs come into contact with it indirectly: they walk on it later in the evening while looking for a meal. Bed bugs feed every 3-7 days, and most insecticides don’t kill their eggs in the first place. After hatching, you’ll need to apply another pesticide to kill the nymphs that hatch from those eggs.
For large infestations in homes or hotels, heat treatment is ideal. These treatments are non-toxic and safe for humans and pets, and they will eliminate the entire infestation in a single visit. During heat treatments, we raise the internal temperature of your home to a level where bed bugs cannot survive. This method also penetrates walls, making it ideal for removing bed bugs on a couch or other hard-to-reach areas.
The heat from the steam is lethal to bed bugs and their eggs. Apply steam slowly to mattress tufts and folds, sofa seams, bed frames, and any other corners or edges where bed bugs could be hiding. However, steam can ruin some surfaces, so use caution and avoid exposing steam to any electrical components. Regular steaming is an all-natural method of killing bed bugs, but it may not effectively eliminate the problem.
Seek Expert Help
It takes time, careful inspections, and multiple treatments to eliminate bed bugs. If you hire a pest control service that has experience treating bed bugs and uses IPM (Integrated Pest Management) techniques, you can eliminate the problem for good.
Pest control professionals use various innovative techniques to ensure that all bed bugs die or are permanently removed from your home. Professionals know these pests’ tenacity and potential resistance to certain insecticides.
Bed bug control isn’t something you have to do on your own. Our trained professionals are always available to assist you in protecting your home. Contact The Pest Bros for effective, customized treatments that can assist in the elimination of bed bugs where they live and breed. We’ll also give you the tools and knowledge you need to avoid future bed bug infestations.