Effective bed bug eradication requires professional attention.
BED BUG EXTERMINATOR
Posted By SafeGuard Pest Control Administrator
WHY DIY PEST CONTROL DOES NOT WORK ON BED BUGS
For anyone who has ever woken up with a line of red bites on their body, the conclusion is immediate and panic-inducing: Bed bugs.
More frequent travel and minimal awareness of how such infestations are spread have made it possible for bed bugs to make themselves at home in residences and businesses across Levittown. It's understandable that homeowners want an immediate solution to bed bugs. Unfortunately, many of them go about it in the wrong way.
Bed bug infestations are notoriously persistent and difficult to eradicate. Plus, the treatment methods that are available to the general public are ineffective. This means that people tend to waste time and money while trying to get rid of an infestation by themselves.
WHY BED BUG SPRAYS DO NOT WORK
It would be fantastic if it were possible to pick up some bed bug spray at the nearest hardware store and end an infestation without any further effort being required. However, research conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease Control suggests that those sprays do not work.
WHY ARE SPRAYS SO INEFFECTIVE?
One of the problems is that bug sprays kill on contact. Any bed bugs that are not seen cannot be killed with the spray. In fact, this species is incredibly skilled at concealing themselves. They are small, and their eggs and larvae are tiny. Unless it is possible to spray each individual insect, larva and egg, the spray is a hopeless measure.
ARE BUG BOMBS EFFECTIVE AGAINST BED BUGS?
If sprays are unreliable for treating bed bug infestations, then some people resort to using a bug bomb. However, the use of these measures can exacerbate the problem. Once again, the bed bug's skill at hiding saves them from the mist of chemicals that might otherwise kill them. A few individuals may flee the bomb, only to take up residence elsewhere within the structure. This means that the infestation spreads and thrives.
The use of bug bombs also is ill advised because of the potential for negative health effects for people and pets even if the house has been aired. In the same vein, you are unlikely to find bed bugs in bathrooms (they don’t like smooth, porcelain surfaces), in garages, in basements (especially unfinished ones), or any other room that is not usually frequented by you or others.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO GET RID OF BED BUGS WITHOUT AN EXTERMINATOR?
This is only possible on an extremely limited basis. For instance, if a person spots a couple of bed bugs on their luggage as they return home from vacation, then they may be able to rid themselves of these interlopers without too much trouble.
However, people who discover a bed bug or two on something they are bringing home cannot be confident that there are no other bed bugs. Thanks to their small size and proclivity for hiding, bed bugs excel at establishing new infestations. Where one bed bug is found, many others may be present. Also, consider that one or two bed bugs have the potential to lay many eggs in a surprisingly short period of time. Even if those bed bugs are eliminated, their eggs will hatch, which means a full-blown infestation will follow.
This is why the services of an experienced bed bug control professional are typically necessary to get rid of bed bugs for good. A knowledgeable bed bug exterminator will target insects, larvae and eggs while also recommending any cleaning, decluttering and repairs that may be required to help ensure against a future infestation.
THE BED BUG INSPECTION
In most cases, the pest management technician will perform an inspection that identifies the pest in question and determines the extent of the infestation, before any treatment begins.
The pest management professional will inquire as to when the last bed bug activity took place as well as to where the problem seems to be most prevalent.
The typical bed bug inspection will begin with the technician examining the most likely hiding places for bed bugs which include beds, sofas and chairs where people usually sleep or sit.
The technician looks for certain telltale signs of a bed bug problem. These may include shed bed bug skins, tiny blood spots on sheets and pillowcases and bed bug fecal spots. Frequently, these signs are discovered on mattresses and bedding, which means that the technician may spend considerable time examining mattresses, box springs, bed linens and bed frames. Any furniture that is within five to eight feet of the bed is typically included in the inspection.
Technicians also look at molding along the walls, the cracks behind wall outlets or behind window frames. It further may be necessary to inspect adjacent rooms for signs of infestation there as well.
The time required to complete an inspection varies depending upon the extent of the infestation. Nonetheless, technicians are trained to work efficiently and to be respectful of the client's time.
TREATMENT FOR BED BUGS
• Standard Bed Bug Treatment (Chemical)
Technicians may use as many as three types of insecticides. These include a treatment that is fast-acting for surfaces that are frequently touched by people, such as mattresses, a residual insecticide that is applied to cracks and crevices in furniture and a dust insecticide for voids and crevices like those behind baseboards.
These specialized formulations are not the same as the ones that are available to the general public and are many times more effective than those sold in stores to unlicensed users. Moreover, when they are applied by a professional, these are both effective products are safe for people and pets. Two to three visits by the pest management professional may be required for the re-application of the insecticides, depending upon the extent of the initial bed bug infestation.
• Whole-House Bed Bug Treatment (Heat)
Another method for effective bed bug treatment is the whole-room heat treatment. A pest management technician brings specialized equipment into the infested property. The equipment is designed to raise the temperature in the room or rooms to 145°F or more. This temperature is sustained for several minutes, which is sufficient to kill the bed bug population.
With whole-room heat treatments, it is necessary for people and pets to vacate the premises, and delicate items may need to be removed.
It is not unusual for pest management professionals to also use limited insecticide treatments in conjunction with heat treatments.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR BED BUG TREATMENTS
Pest management technicians provide instructions regarding how to prepare for treatments. They advise against moving belongings to another home or a storage facility before or during treatment as this may only cause the problem to spread.
It also makes sense to wash all bedding, curtains, pillows, towels and clothing in hot water. These items can then be dried at the highest possible heat setting and stored in a clean plastic bag until the infestation is eradicated.
Technicians further may recommend the vacuuming and mopping of all floors. Vacuuming also is sensible for mattresses, box springs, sofas and chairs. Used vacuum bags can be placed inside of a plastic bag before being thrown away.
It is likely that technicians will need to be able to easily move around the home during the treatments. This means that it is helpful to eliminate clutter as much as possible. Being able to access closets, walls and the areas around furniture is critical to success. Unwanted items can be thrown away in plastic bags. Items that are being kept must be inspected. If they are not infested, then they may be placed in plastic bags.
The instructions for preparing a building for bed bug treatment will vary on a case-by-case basis. Be certain to follow the technician's instructions to ensure the best possible outcome.
A bed bug infestation is upsetting. It makes sense to take quick action, and it is wise to rely on proven methods.
If you suspect you may have a bed bug problem, call us. We will conduct a FREE professional inspection of your home or business within a 10-mile radius of our office, searching for all of the known tell-tale signs of a bed bug problem, in all of the areas that could harbor bed bugs and bed bug eggs.
In the event bed bugs are discovered, we will discuss our findings with you and explain the best treatment options for your situation.
SafeGuard Pest Control, LLC. has been providing area homeowners and business owners with quality, long-lasting pest control extermination services for nearly 30 years. And as a licensed pest control provider, we have the products, tools, and experience to eradicate any type of bed bug infestation.
We provide clients with a 100% guarantee and follow up visits to ensure peace of mind and complete bed bug eradication.