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Control Bed Bugs – Calling The Professionals
When you have an infestation, the best and probably the smartest thing for you to do is seek professional help from pest control experts.
As much as we would like to just spray and forget about it, this approach will not work. Thorough planning is what you will want to do before you even start doing something about it.
Most people hesitate to seek the advice of professionals because they do not understand that bed bugs are not as easy to get rid of as they think. Also, the remedies of these professionals may not be what most people want to hear. For example, you may have to prepare yourself to discard infested furniture and bedding. So before you call on the professionals, you may want to think about these issues beforehand.
The responsibilities of a homeowner differ from someone renting an apartment. Your landlord or landlady is responsible for making all the necessary arrangements, so you will want to coordinate with them when calling pest control companies. Keeping their buildings safe and pest-free is mandatory from the standpoint of the State and Civil Laws.
When deciding to use the help of professionals to control bed bugs, you will want to notify your neighbors prior to doing so. This is because insecticides and pesticide chemicals could reach them while posing some serious health issues.
Not Easy to Control Bed Bugs
Don’t be surprised if the process to control bed bugs becomes tedious. Bed bugs are known to be very persistent, resilient, and their systems are strong – a general characteristic of insects.
Set aside several hours if you seek professional help. In order for them to be thorough, they will have to inspect all the crevices, cracks, or holes in order to locate bed bugs’ hiding places. The process also involves inspecting furniture and home accessories so as not to miss one single bed bug.
Trying to save furniture or beds when trying to control bed bugs is not a smart move. These experts will tell you that the best thing for you to do is discard most of them if not all of them. Beds especially since they are made of foam with tiny holes on them, which is the preferred hiding place for bed bugs.
Caution is advised when discarding or disposing of beds or furniture. These pieces should never be given away because bed bugs are known to travel in them to their home. Resist the temptation of burning these items as well because they can pose environmental concerns. The next best thing is to properly dispose of them by encasing all bedding or bagging them in order to trap bed bugs inside.
Yes, controlling bed bugs is not something you want to take lightly. Whether or not you chose to seek the help of professionals or do it yourself, keep in mind the safety of your household members as well as your neighbors when you seek how to control bed bugs.
A Basic Guide to Effective Bed Bug Control
While bed bugs are not disease-causing parasites, their bites can cause allergic reactions, burning sensation or itching, rashes, and in some cases psychological problems to the people affected. These parasites can also leave welts on the affected areas. Bed bug control, just as is with any other infestation, becomes more effective when the use of pesticides is combined with manual eradication methods.
The first step is to determine if there really is a bug infestation. They are commonly found in areas where humans sleep such as on bedding, mattresses, behind headboards, sofas, and neighboring carpet or clothing. Although tiny in size, they can easily be visible to the naked human eye, so if there is an infestation, you will be sure to spot them easily as long as you are looking in the right places.
After confirming an infestation, your next course of action is to thoroughly vacuum the infested areas. Spraying rubbing alcohol would be a very effective measure as it kills them instantly alongside their eggs. It is to be mentioned that because these parasites love mattresses and sofas, the surrounding areas should also be vacuumed for effective results. Ensure you wash all clothing and bedding in water that is at least 48 degrees Celsius (120 degrees Fahrenheit) to disrupt their breeding.
The next step after you are done with the manual process is to use an effective pesticide, especially if you have a high infestation of bugs. There are several effective pesticides in the market that can be used, so be sure to search for the best. Be advised though that extended exposure to pesticides can pose serious health risks to humans, particularly young kids.
It is therefore advisable to ensure any product applied directly to a sofa or mattress specifically and categorically states that it is safe to be used in such instances. Contact with a pesticide, especially when people are sleeping, can be unfavorable to people’s health.
After applying pesticides, it is advisable to wrap the box springs and mattress to ensure they are fully air-tight. This ensures any straying parasites are starved or smothered thus ensuring the invasion does not come back again. You can even set sticky traps near the invaded areas to trap any straying parasites that could be searching for new habitats for hiding.
Bed bug control can be hard, time-consuming, and very costly. Thus, as is with any other infestation, the best course of action would be prevention. Some measures include inspecting used furniture before bringing it inside your house. By the same token, elevate your luggage when you are in a hotel room to ensure you do not transfer these parasites from the hotel to your home.
If the bedbug infestation is recurring or there is a high and severe case of infestation, it is always advisable that the best and most reliable last resort when it comes to bed bug control would be to seek the services of a professional bed bug exterminator.