It has inevitably happened; you have found bed bugs in your home. The first thing to remember is to not panic because there are simple steps you can do to contain the infestation before contacting a pest control professional to exterminate the bed bugs. However, remember that you will have to contact professional services such as Scott’s Turf and Pest Control in Durham, North Carolina, in order to thoroughly and safely exterminate bed bugs from your home. So, what are the 8 wrong ways to eliminate bed bugs?
1.) Don’t Change Your Sleeping Habits
Bed bugs need a warm-blooded source of food. Changing bedrooms won’t solve the problem and if anything will just cause the bed bugs to spread. The parasites will travel from room to room to find a food source. They can live for months between meals. Sleeping with lights on as well will not solve the problem, they won’t be fooled to thinking it is daytime.
2.) Don’t Toss Your Mattress
Bed bugs are commonly found in mattresses and box springs. This doesn’t mean that by throwing these items out you will solve the issue. Chances are the bed bugs have other hiding places in your home. If you decide to toss your bedding, make sure to seal it in two plastic casings and tape a note to the front letting others know it has bed bugs.
3.) Don’t Crank the Heat
It is true that bed bugs hate heat and when blasted with it they will die. However, you won’t ever get your thermostat high enough to kill all the bed bugs. Professionals use thermal remediation (heat) treatment to bring the home to over 120 degrees Fahrenheit. The heat penetrates all hiding spots and naturally kills the bugs without damaging household items.
4.) Don’t Rely on the Cold
Much like heat, extreme cold will also kill bed bugs. Yet, leaving a home unoccupied during the winter won’t solve the issue. They can live for several months without a food source and can adapt to survive.
5.) Don’t Move Infested Furniture Around the Home
If you know an item is infested, don’t just stick it in the basement and hope the bed bugs die. If you need to move a piece of furniture in your home, make sure it is double bagged in plastic. The goal is to stop the spread, not just move it from room to room.
6.) Don’t Rely on Chemicals
There are plenty of chemical bed bug products on the market. Many of these are applied directly to the problem are to kill the bugs. Yet, most often the chemicals have to be applied multiple times to permanently eliminate the infestation. Don’t attempt to kill the bed bugs with garden pesticides. The use of these pesticides won’t control the problem, and can pose a serious health risk to your family. Never apply any form of pesticide directly to your body.
7.) Don’t Use Homemade Solutions
Many websites may boast a natural and safe alternative to stopping a bed bug infestation. Some suggest using rubbing alcohol, kerosene or gasoline to suffocate the bed bugs. These products are flammable. It wouldn’t be a good idea to coat areas where you sleep with a flammable liquid. Some may suggest coating the bed frame with petroleum jelly or thyme oil. While this may stop them from traveling up the bed, it won’t kill them. Bed bugs have been known to go as far as climbing up walls and dropping from the ceiling to get to a food source.
8.) Don’t Just Wait
Bed bugs have two simple objectives: eating and breeding. If you think you might have an issue with bed bugs, don’t just wait to see if it goes away. You are simply setting up for a larger infestation to come.
What to do if you have a bed bug infestation? Contact Scott’s Turf and Pest Services for help!
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Bed bugs are tricky pests. Not only are they great at hiding, but they can survive even the harshest and most thorough at-home treatments. This is why it is important to call a professional right away.
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