Bed Bug Crash Course
Just the thought of bed bugs can send chills down anyone’s spine.
But that’s because they haven’t taken a Bed Bug Crash Course to understand what they are up against.
They are a miserable bug that invades your personal space.
Here are some simple “facts” about bed bugs that you need to know BEFORE you attempt any types of treatments.
- Anyone can get them at any time. No one person is immune to them.
- Bed bugs have nothing to do with whether you are clean or dirty.
- However, clutter can cause a treatment nightmare.
- Finding bed bugs early will save you from an “infestation”.
- Sleeping in another room or a friend’s home spreads bed bugs.
- Because of their size, you can go months without knowing that you have them. Especially if you don’t react to their regular feedings.
- People are untrained in proper pesticide application.
- Bed bugs have developed resistance to pesticides. Pesticides don’t kill the eggs.
Of course, if you have them, you want them gone A.S.A.P.
If you should suspect or encounter bed bugs we suggest: Review this Crash Course first.
People tend to panic and reach for anything they can to get rid of bed bugs.
STOP and take inventory before you attempt any type of bed bug treatment!
Target Your Treatment
Know where they are located.
Which rooms, what items?
They may not be in every room.
Our Bed Bug Detection dogs can help hone in on areas that need your attention.
This can save you lots of time and money.
Know the Extent of Bed Bugs in Your Home
One or two bed bugs are not an infestation.
Infestations take time to build.
Stay away from “quick remedies”, useless or unproven products.
The number one biggest mistake you can make is using bombs and foggers.
- Stay away from bed bug bombs and foggers! They DO NOT WORK, may spread them and cause even more problems eliminating bed bugs.
- Bed bugs have developed resistance issues to most insecticides.
- These insecticides are flammable, can be toxic and, when overused, contribute to increased resistance.
- Chemicals don’t kill the egg stage.
- This causes repeated treatments every couple of weeks in order to kill newly hatched.
- In addition, repeat chemical treatments create toxic build-ups which can hurt or harm you (Especially, children, pets and elderly).
If you don’t know what you are doing, your attempts can actually make things much worse.
Making Your Home “Inhospitable” to Bed Bugs
Create an educated bed bug plan.
The fact remains, you or a family member may encounter bed bugs at any time.
Learn all you can about bed bugs and share the information with your family and friends.
- Change sheets and check for bed bug signs on a regular basis.
- In big families or multi-unit properties, it’s best to include regular inspections to acknowledge bed bugs BEFORE they become “Infestations”.
- Teach all family members the signs of bed bugs and where they can be at risk.
- Be aware of “sleep-overs” at a friend’s house who may have bed bugs and not know it.
Get Rid of the Clutter!
Clutter provides bed bugs with a multitude of hiding places.
- Begin by removing items that have been crammed under beds and in closets.
- Get rid of things you haven’t used or wore in many years.
You’ll be surprised how much easier your life gets when you get things neat and tidy.
Lighten the load!
Understand Proper Disposal of Bed Bug Infested Items
A common knee jerk reaction for many people is throwing everything they think has bed bugs away.
- Don’t be tempted to throw away perfectly good items.
- Most everything is treatable. (Besides, it may not even have bed bugs).
- Replacement can be very expensive, so think before you throw.
Also, if you attempt to move anything that is riddled with bed bugs out to the trash, make sure you wrap it completely first.
This is prevent any bed bugs from falling off and entering other parts of your home.
If You Can’t Afford a Professional for Treatment
If you are on a tight budget and there is no way you can afford professional help, you can always learn the exact, safe, non-chemical processes that the pros use in “How to Get Rid of Bed Bug on a Tight Budget”.
Bring in the Dogs First
A well-trained bed bug detection dog is able to identify very small amounts of live bed bugs, sometimes down to as few as one.
If you know exactly where they are and how many, it is easier to target your bed bug treatment.
Give us a call. 508-713-8267
We’ll come in and target the areas where your bed bugs are hiding. This way you can concentrate your efforts in all the right places to remove bed bugs quickly.