Bed Bug Treatment: What is the Best Way to Get Rid of Bed Bugs?

We all know that bed bugs are horrible, but getting rid of them can be a real challenge. What exactly do we recommend? Pesticides, diatomaceous earth, steam treatment, heat treatment, cleaning solutions, lots of vacuuming, and even some crazy tales have circulated on the Internet as options for treating and removing bed bugs. Unfortunately, some methods are used incorrectly or are ineffective, and others are even downright silly.

Why DIY Solutions Rarely Work

We have seen many people trying to use homemade poisons, steam, or heat treatments as a weapon against bedbugs. They may be partially successful, but usually have to be regularly repeated just to keep infestations manageable. Unfortunately, DIY home-based heat treatments for bed bugs are largely unsuccessful, and sometimes even dangerous.

Heat treatment will work only if the thermal death point of 113°F is reached for at least an hour. Additionally, high temperatures required come with significant risk of fire or heat damage if done improperly. A certified and licensed technician should perform all extermination heat treatments. This is necessary to ensure that all affected areas safely reach thermal death point for at least an hour.

Fumigation may work, but may damage your lungs if fumigation products are mixed or applied incorrectly.

Off-the-shelf steam treatment machines can kill bed bugs, but they lack enough hot steam generation to achieve extermination. Some websites sell pesticides, but bed bugs are becoming increasingly resistant to pesticides, rendering many pesticides ineffective. Why waste your money on fumigants or insecticides that may cause further damage or fail to work?

How To Prevent Bed Bug Infestations Before They Start

The best way to prevent a bedbug infestation is to make it difficult for these bugs to establish themselves in your home. If you have kids, vacuum carpets and floors regularly, so that if your children come into contact with bed bugs at their school, the bugs will be unlikely to spread. Because bed bugs can detect the smell of sweat, bodily fluids, and blood, routine sanitation can stop them from finding a harborage. Usage of a robotic autonomous vacuum cleaner can usually pick up these bugs and other pests tracked in my children or family on floors before they can spread.

To keep bed bugs out of your home, change out of clothes worn in public when arriving home. They can be picked up in public spaces, adhere to your clothes, and spread to your household furniture or bed if your clothes become contaminated. That is why we recommend changing into fresh clothes anytime after being out in public.

After traveling, immediately wash all clothes in your suitcase, even if unworn. This is especially important if you stayed in a hotel or Airbnb, since they are frequently contaminated.

Unfortunately, in spite of the best sanitation and prevention strategies, bed bugs may still infest or reinfest your home. if that happens, just give us a call, and we will help you get rid of your bed bugs.

 

How Chandler Pest Control Pros Treats Bed Bugs

Depending on the type and spread of infestations, we may recommend any of a variety of methods. We offer heat treatment, steam treat the affected areas, apply pesticides or diatomaceous earth, or use some other approach. Chandler Pest Control Pros has exterminated hundreds of bed bug infestations near you, and we are happy to give you a free quote. Let us know how we can help you!