Oh, no—you’ve found signs of bed bugs in your home! Don’t panic. Professional pest-control companies can provide bed bug treatments to wipe out the nasty blood-sucking pests.
The first step is inspection, but trying to find bed bugs yourself is a daunting proposition because they naturally seek to live in nooks and crannies protected from human sight. It takes a veteran pest control specialist—often using a dog trained to sniff out bed bugs—to adequately examine a home for all bed bug nests.
Once the troublesome creatures are located, there are two basic bed bug treatment methods—chemicals and heat.
The most common method of bed bug treatments used by professional exterminators is to use a liquid or dust spray containing chemicals that will kill bed bugs. The pest control specialist will put these chemicals on all areas where they find bed bugs or suspect they have been crawling. This spot treatment eliminates the need for a fumigation of the entire home. In this bed bug treatment method, you will need to prepare your home for the treatment according to the exterminator’s instruction. If you’re worried about the effects on humans or pets, don’t be—the chemicals used will put an end to bed bugs but they don’t harm the occupants of the home.
Thermal treatment is a non-chemical alternative. Bed bugs die at temperatures above 120 degrees, so some exterminators use thermal remediation techniques. They will place high-powered space heaters in your home to bring it to the necessary temperature. This is definitely a job for pros because the heaters used are very powerful and precautions need to be taken to ensure that the home doesn’t become too hot—damaging the home itself. And even with professional heat treatment, you’ll need to carefully follow instructions to prepare your home.Obviously, items that will be damaged by high temperatures need to be removed away from the heat.
Not a DIY Job
As you’ll notice, both methods require professionals. That’s because bed bugs are one of the most difficult pests to exterminate. You’ll need to work closely with the pest control specialist, following all their instructions, but without expert assistance, your chances of eliminating bed bugs are low.