Four Common Mistakes People Make When Treating For Bed Bugs
No matter where you live, there’s always a remote possibility that your home could become infested by bed bugs. As their name suggests, bed bugs are known to hide within the nooks and crannies of beds, and they come out at night to feed on a host. While bed bugs are most commonly found in mattresses and box springs, they will also make a home in other places, as well, as long as humans use that area. Regardless of where bed bugs are in a home, you undoubtedly want them out as soon as possible.
To help eliminate the bed bugs quickly, we at Bed Bug Heaters Dallas want to help you avoid four common mistakes most homeowners make when treating bed bugs.
1. Assuming bed bugs are only found on the bed
Most homeowners tend to assume bed bugs can only be found in beds because that’s where they get bitten the most. They are mistaken about bed bugs here because they can move around a room all day long. Including picture frames, baseboards, nightstands, etc., which can all become a hiding place for bed bugs. If a customer suspects bed bugs might be present, seeking a pest professional to perform an inspection would be wise.
2. Thinking bed bugs infest only one room
Another mistake most people make is thinking that bed bugs are only located in one room, which is possible, but it’s highly unlikely. Bed bugs are little “hitchhikers,” and they will latch on to clothing and can be easily transported to other areas of the home. If you’re sure the bed bugs are only in one room, drying the linens and clothing on high heat for thirty to forty minutes may be an option, or the best option is to seek a pest professional to inspect the area.
2. Throwing away furniture
Like many people, you may opt to throw out furniture, believing you have finally rid your home of bed bugs. This is where you are wrong! You may have found bed bugs in the cracks and crevices of a couch, mattress, recliner, etc., but those are not the only places where bed bugs can be found. Bed bugs can be present near baseboards and on the carpet too. Also, if the piece of furniture is bulky, dragging it out of a home may increase the chance of spreading bed bugs to other areas of the home. If possible, treat the furniture yourself or seek the advice of a pest control professional.
3. Searching for bed bugs during the day
Like most people, you, too, may assume that bed bugs can be seen only during the day. Typically, bed bugs are good at staying hidden during the day because they are active at night. Searching during the day may potentially lead to a belief that the problem is small because none can be found. The best time to search will be at night because bed bugs will feed at this time. This is a time when their host (humans) are in one spot for an extended period of time sleeping. Humans emit carbon dioxide, which bed bugs are attracted to. Inspect the whole room, not just the bed, when searching for bed bugs. Use a flashlight to help illuminate cracks and crevices and other potential hiding spots.
4. Not seeking the advice of a professional
Avoid making this mistake just because you have had success treating areas on your own. Depending on the level of activity, you may not realize that you could be spreading the bed bug even more. The bed bug activity will cease for a period of time, but they will definitely come back. Seeking the advice of a pest professional will give you insight into the best plan of attack. However, not all treatments are created equal, and every situation is unique. Therefore, make sure to hire a pest professional who will be able to guide you through the pest removal process.
To avoid these and other mistakes, reach out to the experts at Bed Bug Heaters Dallas. We understand that killing bed bugs is not an easy task, and it can be expensive. We specialize in renting industry-standard bed bug heaters that allow you to get rid of bed bugs yourself at a very affordable rate! A representative will bring the heater to your apartment or home and assist you in the setup process.
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