It seems like only yesterday that our country no longer had to worry about bed bugs. They were almost a myth, something to tell our children at night in the form of a poem. But now, “don’t let the bed bugs bite” has become synonymous with a real threat.
Bed bug infestations can be devastating to homes, and sometimes to an entire community. Bed bugs seem to spread like the plague. When you discover that you have a bed bug infestation, you need to decide whether you should stay in your home or leave for a while. Let’s take a look at the process involved.
Step one: Decide whether or not you have a problem
Bed bug infestations definitely do happen, but it’s not like the problem has become an epidemic. At least, not quite yet. Even if you wake up one morning with a a series of bed bug bites, this may mean you only have a few. If you want to test your house yourself, you can use a disposable glove to check for bed bug feces in the folds of your furniture, and be on the lookout for bed bugs in your walls, or their skins that are left behind as they pass from one life cycle stage to the next. If you don’t trust your own skills, what you’ll need to do is contact a professional who can evaluate your situation. He will be able to run tests, which may even include a bed bug dog inspection, and inform you of how bad the bed bug problem may be.
Step two: Determine whether or not you should leave your home
Bed bug infestations aren’t something you should mess with. Once an evaluation has been completed on your home, the pest control expert will provide you with his recommendations. He’ll go over all the details, such as where the bed bugs are located in your home and how many there possibly are. He will use the evaluation he conducts to decide whether or not it can be considered an infestation.
From that point, you’ll need to decide whether you should leave your home or if you can stay. Even if you have a mild infestation, there’s a good chance that there will be no reason to leave your home, at least not for an extended amount of time. The pest control professional may request a fogger or similar pest control device, but the time you would need to leave your home would be minimal. If the infestation is substantial, however, leaving your home for a while may be wise. This will allow the professionals to do their job as they clear your home of these dangerous parasites.
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