The industry is often called upon by people who reach out for their young single neighbor with three children who just discovered bed bugs. Or in many cases an elderly couple on a fixed income who can’t possibly afford anything other than keeping a roof over their heads. Not to mention the families where both parents work full time just to keep food on the table.
In some cases when the infestations involve larger multi-unit properties where the landlord isn’t doing what they should or negligent pest control inspectors may be called in to do a pro-bono service or treatment when they can; but is not always available during high pest seasons where other insects are troublesome during certain times of the year.
Of course it’s always better to know the signs of bed bugs and avoid getting them but the learning curve is still great and many don’t realize until after they get them. People think it is fleas or mosquitoe bites and often go for months without realizing it was bed bugs. It is then that they have built up and now need professional help to rid their lives from bed bugs.
Since bed bugs are one of the most difficult pest problems to eradicate, it is obvious that the best solution for bed bugs is to hire a pest control company with experience in successfully controlling bed bugs. Unfortunately, this is financially beyond the means of many people.
If you feel you cannot afford to hire a professional and want to attempt to do, do-it-yourself (DIY) bed bug control, there are some things you can do. Moreover, especially learn what not to do. With diligence, patience and lots of hard work you have a fighting chance of getting rid of bed bugs in your home (if you have discovered them in early stages). However, before you even consider taking on the job of “do-it-yourself bed bug control”, learn if the “bug” you are treating for is bed bugs.
Finding bed bugs by the use of a scent detection dog especially trained on the scent of live bed bugs and their eggs, takes away the frustration of trying to figure out where they are located throughout the home or building. Once located, a targeted treatment process can be started.
Always alert property owners or property management if you live in a rented facility. Bed bugs when allowed to build up can easily spread to adjoining units and coordinated effort is required to address these types of situations. It is advised by most professionals to have all surrounding units inspected and monitored and not just treat one unit when discovered in multi-unit properties.
Reaching for anything you find at the local hardware store may be the single worst thing you can do to rid yourself of a bed bug problem. Many of these products can spread the bed bugs into other areas of the home or unit.
“Bug bombs” are ineffective in eliminating bed bugs and pesticides alone are not the answer to bed bugs. They can be moderately effective because of resistance issues and must be applied according to the label for safety and possible over exposure. In addition, the overuse of dusts as touted all over the Internet can lead to respiratory issues if not applied with extreme caution. These dusts must not be used on bedding or sleeping areas.
Most professional bed bug companies understand people not being able to afford their services and will be happy to help you best understand the importance of not doing certain processes.
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