If you are trying to get rid of bed bugs in your home, you’re probably very aware of how hard it can be. Bed bugs are sneaky, smart, and resilient. There is no silver bullet that will kill every bug in an infestation – the treatment process must be approached methodically and holistically. It’s all a matter of using the right products and the right steps.
It’s the complexity of the treatment that leads pest control professionals to charge thousands of dollars to treat an average American home. Bed bugs are not like other pests that can be taken care of with a quick spraying or fogging. Professionals and homeowners alike need to know what they’re doing when tackling a bed bug job, and need to avoid these common mistakes:
Top 3 mistakes when dealing with bed bugs:
1. Only killing bed bugs where you see them.
Bed bugs are grand master ninjas. They can climb walls, tuck into tight spaces, and feed on their host without being detected. You may spot some bugs, shells, and eggs when you lift up your mattress or open a dresser drawer, but it’s a sure bet that there are more hiding somewhere else in your room.
Regardless of the products that you use, it’s not enough to attack the bed bugs you spot scurrying around. You need to bring the fight to them, with treatment methods that hit them where they’re hiding. High-pressure steamers can kill bed bugs deep inside walls, floorboards, upholstered furniture, and more. Sprays and powders can be applied in cracks and crevices to kill bed bugs nested where you can’t see them (just be sure to read the label on the product to see where it can be safely used).
2. Using products that bed bugs are resistant to.
Just a few years ago, there was a wide range of chemical compounds on the market that were proven to kill bed bugs, either on contact or over time. Over the years, bed bugs have developed resistances to many of these compounds, and those products are no longer as effective. To cut their losses in the development of these compounds, the manufacturers started selling to hardware stores and supermarkets at a discounted price.
Since these off-the-shelf sprays may not be able to curb your bed bug population, don’t use them! Instead, opt for newer cutting-edge contact and residual sprays that are effective against all strains of bed bugs. They may cost a bit more, but you will have peace of mind knowing that what you are applying is doing the job. We only carry the newest products with no known bed bug resistance.
3. Not preventing re-infestation.
Let’s say you’ve done everything right, and killed almost every bed bug in your home. You rest easy for the first time in weeks, thinking you’ve finally won the war. A few nights may go by, and one morning you discover a fresh cluster of itchy bits. What gives?
Unfortunately, reinfestation is common when preventative measures aren’t taken. What brought them in the first place – whether its a job, bus or friends house – may bring them back again. A single bed bug can lay as many as 500 eggs, and nymphs start feeding immediately after they hatch. This is why it’s so important to put up long-term defenses as part of your bed bug treatment strategy. Sealed mattress encasements, bed bug traps, and residual powders are great ways to help ensure that you won’t be waking up to bites again.
When approaching a bed bug infestation, it’s important not to underestimate your foe. Your treatment needs to be thorough and decisive. Learn how to get rid of bed bugs with our proven 4-step solution. Use the right products, and follow the right steps, and you’ll be sleeping peacefully in no time.