Bed bugs are tiny, brownish-red insects whose segmented abdomens are larger and longer than their heads and thoraxes combined. These pests can be a consistent nuisance, making meals out of the fabrics in mattresses, clothing, etc. while packing a nasty bite for the unfortunate humans who cross their path. Many homeowners, when faced with an infestation, choose to try to take care of the matter on their own, under the belief that DIY-ing the pest treatment process will save them money. Unfortunately, this is far too often not the case.
Common DIY Methods For Battling Bed Bugs
Bed bugs have always been a problem for people — so much so, in fact, that it seems every blog has a trick or two to throw out for killing bed bugs. If you do a search online, you’re sure to come up with more than a few ideas, but how many of these methods actually work? Allow Pest Czar to take you through the DIY tips we’ve found to be less than effective in the past:
- Clean and vacuum. One of the first things most will tell you to do if you want to battle an infestation of bed bugs is clean and vacuum your house, paying special attention to the rooms you know are infested and other cluttered spaces. Not only is this initial step incredibly time consuming, but it's unlikely to ever make a significant dent in the bed bug population. Unless you can get to every place bed bugs might hide, many will survive, keeping the infestation going.
- Many people suggest using your home's heating system to kill bed bugs through extreme temperature shifts. Beyond running up your bills, this strategy fails to kill entire populations of bed bugs, as home heating systems don't get hot enough to kill bed bugs.
- Isolate contaminated material. Another common step suggested for the removal of bed bugs requires you to purchase airtight bags, in which you can place any item suspected of harboring the pests. Aside from being costly and time-consuming, this method also fails to affect an entire infestation. If one item in a room is infested, there is no reason to assume the infestation has not spread, and it's difficult, if not impossible, to isolate every item of furniture and larger areas where bed bugs might be living
Treating Bed Bugs Effectively With Pest Czar
Unfortunate as it sounds, the bed bug is such a difficult pest to pin down that most DIY treatment strategies fail to kill the pests efficiently, resulting in wasted time and money on your end. Pest Czar, on the other hand, has all the experience and know-how to eliminate a bed bug infestation and keep it from returning. From a thorough inspection to our integrated services beyond the initial treatment, setting up a residential pest control program with Pest Czar will ultimately save you money, time, and stress dealing with an infestation.
Eliminating bed bugs is no small feat! If you want to get rid of the pests for good, you need a team of professionals with all the tools and training required to deal with bed bugs once and for all. If you’re serious about pest management, look no further than Pest Czar. Contact us today!