Bed Bug Eradication
Most DIY bed bug eradication efforts fail.

BED BUG ERADICATION


Posted By SafeGuard Pest Control Administrator  

WHY ARE BED BUGS SO DIFFICULT TO GET RID OF?



Bed bugs are enormously resilient pests. They can survive hot or cold climates, and it's possible for them to survive for a surprisingly long time without a meal. Moreover, bed bugs are adept at secreting themselves in out-of-the-way spots were people may not detect them for an extended period of time.

Bed bugs are prolific reproducers when conditions are favorable. Females may only live for an average of four months, but they are capable of producing 300 eggs during that time period. This means that an infestation that begins with just a few pests can quickly spread. When the population explodes, the bed bugs will seek even more places to live and find food. Accordingly, the infestation may grow from a single room to multiple rooms in the same building.

All of these factors contribute to making bed bugs especially difficult to eradicate. When people try DIY methods, they usually only allow the problem to become worse. That is because these methods frequently are ineffective, giving the existing bed bug population time to grow even more.

HOW DO BED BUGS GET INSIDE?



Bed bugs do not fly. Instead, they must walk or climb to get where they want to go. With their small size, it would be difficult for a bed bug to find a new home with ideal living conditions. Accordingly, bed bugs tend to cling or burrow into items that take them to a new place to live.

This means that people bring bed bugs home with them. These pests may be clinging to suitcases after a vacation or to the seams of a purse after a day at work. Bed bugs have secreted themselves in clothing that is being worn or within laundry that is being taken home. Second-hand furniture, clothing and toys all may be infested. When these items are brought home, a new infestation begins.

Most bed bugs are so sneaky that they are able to invade without the victim realizing it until it is too late.

WHY ARE BED BUGS SO HARD TO FIND?



Bed bugs are tiny. Adults tend to be only one-quarter of an inch in length at their maximum size after a blood meal. Their bodies are flat and oval, which makes it easier for them to hide in exceptionally small spaces.

Instinct tells the bed bug to remain hidden during the day. They are accomplished at this task, concealing themselves in the seams on mattresses or inside box springs. Frequently, they are discovered inside bedside tables and nightstands or on the backside of a headboard or footboard. All of these spots are not places that people often look, which gives the bed bug a decided advantage.

The bed bug typically ventures out at night for a blood meal from its host. They prefer a human host, and this pest will almost always try to secrete itself in a spot that is fewer than five feet from where the host sleeps. Feeding is accomplished through a bite on the host's skin. For many people, the discovery of a red bite mark, or several of them, in the morning is the first intimation they have that a bed bug infestation is underway. However, these bites frequently are mistaken for bites from other pests, which also prolongs the infestation.

WHERE DO BED BUGS HIDE?



The majority of the bed bug population will try to hide within just a few feet of their host. However, when an infestation gets large, it becomes impossible for all of the bed bugs to be that close to the host. This forces bed bugs to get more creative about where they hide.

Experienced exterminators know that bed bugs may be found in some unusual places. These are just a few:

Inside remote controls
Behind light switch and electrical outlet plates
Between baseboards and walls
On the back of pictures
On or inside books
Within cellphones
On stuffed animals
Within wallpaper seams
Inside light fixtures
In cars
In laundry rooms

WHY BED BUGS SHOULD BE HANDLED BY EXPERTS



It is occasionally possible to find a bed bug control product at a home improvement store. However, it is rarely advisable to use these methods. This is because it is difficult for people to know the extent of the bed bug infestation. They may not use enough of the product, or they may use it incorrectly. This represents not only a waste of time and money but also a safety concern.

The reality is that most of the bed bug treatments that are available to the public are not effective. Professional exterminators are licensed and trained on how to use the specialized products and best methods to get the job done while protecting people and pets.

THE PSYCHOLOGICAL TOLL BED BUGS CAN HAVE ON YOUR MIND



Fear and disgust are common reactions to discovering a bed bug infestation. Many people find that it is impossible to sleep in their home while the infestation is ongoing, which means that they may have to check into a hotel or stay with someone else. This is upsetting to everyone's schedule, and stress levels spike. With sleep lost and tempers flaring, it is safe to say that no one will feel peace of mind until the bed bugs are eradicated.

With a professional bed bug control provider, eradication is possible. Comfort, peace of mind and happiness can be restored when an experienced exterminator is hired to handle the job.
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