It’s common agreement that bed bugs are extremely difficult to exterminate without professional help. In a lot of cases, this is true. Regardless, do-it-yourself bed bug treatments can be effective if you’re dealing with an early phase of infestation. Although, there are extremely effective ways to eradicate bed bugs with professional help.
Here’s which bed bug treatment is the best in your specific situation.
Do-It-Yourself Bed Bug Control
While it is recommended that only a professional be used to treat infestations, there are times that individuals cannot afford to professionally treat their home. If you are not an owner of a property that has a nondelegable duty to promptly rid a location of dangerous condition and cannot afford professional treatment, other than potentially losing time and some money, there’s no harm in trying to get rid of bed bugs by yourself. Professional pest control services can be very expensive. If you do everything by the book, the do-it-yourself approach can be extremely effective. However, keep in mind that if you are a property owner with a duty to promptly rid and/or prevent such dangerous conditions, then you should instead only use a professional exterminator.
The step-by-step DIY bed bug treatment is as follows:
- Determine infected areas
Inspect the entire house to make sure whether or not bed bugs have spread to multiple rooms. Using a flashlight, look for brownish spots, eggs, and eggshells, as well as pale yellow skins. If there’s an infestation, they’ll be on your mattress, bed frame, and bedding.
- Isolate pests for treatment
Bed bugs also nest in drapes, curtains, carpets, and other furniture, so check them as well. Remove and bag everything that you can wash at high temperature. Isolate furniture from the rest of the room and the floor by placing bed bug interceptors under all feet.
- Treat furniture and rooms
Washable items can be treated for bed bugs with tumble drying for 30 minutes on high, washing in hot water for 30 minutes, or dry cleaning. Alternatively, you can leave them bagged for 2-5 months. For the rest of the infested furniture, you’ll need a strong pesticide.
Bed Bug Insecticide Treatments
Unfortunately, the magic formula for exterminating bed bugs is yet to be invented. A recent study conducted at Rutgers University has found only two pesticides to be highly effective against these pesky insects – Bed Bug Patrol™ and EcoRaider™.
Other popular insecticides and chemical bed bug treatment solutions such as desiccant dusts, low toxicity contact sprays, and pyrethroid sprays will successfully kill bed bugs on contact but will not eradicate every pest hiding in crevices and voids.
Whole Room Heat Treatments
The only 100% effective bed bug treatment is provided by professional pest control.
A bed bug extermination company will treat your house with special heating equipment in order to kill the pests and eradicate the infestation using high temperature. Both bed bugs and their eggs will die within 90 minutes at 118-122°F (48-50°C).
Whole room heat treatments usually work with temperatures as high as 145°F (62.7 °C) and thus require a professional to handle them. This is not an approach you can take on your own, nor should you attempt to do so without professional help.
How Bed Bug Injury Law Can Help
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