A study was just released that reported an increase of illnesses, and one death, that were attributed to chemicals used on bed bugs. Almost all of these cases were from people treating their bed bugs themselves with inappropriate pesticides or having an unlicensed person conduct the treatment. The death that occurred was the result of gross misuse of pesticides along with an existing kidney problem. This study reiterates the point that bed bug treatments should be done by an experienced pest control company.
ed bug treatments are not cheap. It is a very time consuming process that requires several hours of work. The little blood suckers are small and thin and can hide in just about any crack, crevice, or void. All of these hiding places must be found and treated. If any bed bugs are missed, they have the capacity to reproduce quickly and in a couple of weeks you can have another full blown infestation. Many times the bed bugs that are missed are a result of the customer not fully cooperating. So what can you do to help make a bed bug treatment successful?
- First, and foremost, call us as soon as you discover bed bugs or when you think you might have bed bugs. It doesn’t cost anything to have a technician inspect your home and either verify or refute the presence of bed bugs and to discuss treatment options. The longer you wait, the larger the infestation will become and the harder it will be to get under control. When the difficulty of the job increases, so does the price.
- You do not need to immediately throw away your mattresses or box springs. Your treatment will involve the use of bed bug proof mattress and box spring covers. They trap bed bugs living there and it prevents them from escaping. Plus, it keeps other bed bugs from using these areas for hiding places. Make sure that these covers stay on for at least one year after the treatment and let us know if they get ripped or torn so that they can be replaced.
- Eliminate clutter. This is a big one. The more clutter you have, the more places there are for bed bugs to hide and avoid the treatment. Ideally, it would be best to not have clutter before you get bed bugs because once they become established in a cluttered room it can be extremely difficult to get rid of them. Overly cluttered homes with bed bugs may need to be fumigated in order to get rid of them. Fumigation is very effective, but costs more than 10 times as much as a regular treatment.
- Place clothes, bed linens, curtains, and any other items that can be placed in a dryer on high heat for a full cycle. The heat will kill all life stages of the bed bugs including the eggs. Afterwards, store these items in a room or building that does not have bed bugs until after the treatment. Be careful in moving these items around because you run the risk of spreading bed bugs to other locations.
- Follow all instructions from the technicians conducting the treatment. Do not move any items out of the infested rooms unless instructed to do so.
Do not attempt to control the bed bugs yourself! Most of the time the pesticides used by people will spread the bed bugs to other locations or deeper into hiding which makes controlling them much more difficult. Also, health problems can occur when pesticides are improperly used especially when they are applied to your body or on the surface of your mattress that you sleep on. It can be very unnerving to have bed bugs but misusing pesticides to control them can do more harm than the bed bugs themselves.