Permanent bed bug extermination is not a simple proposition. Bedbug infestations are currently on the rise in the US, due to resistant strains and a lack of public awareness. Though they don’t spread diseases directly, they spread quickly and have associated health risks and offer plenty of discomfort to boot. Know the myths, and know your resources to give bedbugs the boot.
It’s not about cleanliness.
Bedbugs don’t prefer dirty places. As nature’s little hitchhikers, they go with the flow. They don’t tend to hitch a ride on people (they don’t like the heat), but they can come in on luggage, backpacks, purses and shoes, and as long as they find a feast they’re content to stay. Any home is at risk for an infestation.
Know the signs.
Bedbugs feed at night, and retreat to their hiding places for even a few days to digest. It may be weeks before you start noticing the bites. If you’re seeing welts you suspect may be bedbug bites, inspect mattress seams, sheets furniture and look behind baseboards, electrical outlet plates, even picture frames. You’re looking for small, dark flat adult insects about the size of an apple seed. Immature bedbugs, or nymphs, are nearly invisible unless they’ve recently fed, in which case they’ll look dark red with blood. Eggs are almost impossible to detect without magnification.
Home remedies will only get you halfway there.
Thanks to overuse of pesticides, there are strains that are resistant to over-the-counter chemicals. Using spray cans of pesticides can help bedbugs develop a resistance. Remember, what doesn’t kill them makes them stronger. And while bedbugs hate heat, nothing short of 113 degrees Fahrenheit will kill them, so stuffing your possessions in black plastic bags and putting them in the sun is not a surefire solution because it’s not likely to get every nook and fiber hot enough.
You need an arsenal.
There’s no shortage of options on the market. Pyrethrins and Pyrethroids are classic bedbug pesticides but bedbugs are developing an increasing resistance. Insect growth regulators can cause nymphs to malform. Dessicants can destroy the waxy coating on their outer shells, killing them through dehydration. Neonicotinoids, a synthetic form of nicotine, causes neurons to fire rapidly until death. Both of these options are effective against resistant strains. High, sustained heat is impossible to develop a resistance to. Professions know how to use this arsenal effectively and safely to protect your family and property.
Keep Them From Coming Back
Never bring abandoned furniture into your home before inspecting for bedbugs. Keep your mattresses covered in encasements specifically designed to block out bedbugs. If you’re using public or shared washing machines, inspect frequently for bed bugs. Vacuum often to pick up hitchhikers. Keeping your home clutter-free will make it easier to spot and treat bedbugs if you experience a re-infestation.
Once you see the signs of a bedbug infestation, don’t delay with ineffective over-the-counter or home remedies. Contact us for permanent bed bug extermination solutions.