Let's say you found bed bugs in your Evansville home. Hopefully, this is a hypothetical statement. What should your first move be? Should you strip all your beds, wash all your bedding and linens, and inspect the mattress, box spring, and frame for bed bugs? That's a good start. How about inspecting the bookbag you use for school or the work bag you bring with you to work? This can help, as long as you know what to look for and how to dig up evidence that is hiding in cracks, crevices, gaps, and pockets. You could also throw items in the dryer that can be put through a 30-minute dryer cycle. This can kill bed bugs in all stages of development. Once you've taken these steps, you might be done. This could stop the infestation. But, what do you do when you realize your initial efforts to arrest your infestation have failed? We hope you contact a licensed pest professional. Here's why.
You Might Throw Something Out For No Reason
It's been done. These bugs can cause a lot of fear. When they're discovered in Evansville homes, some residents try throwing their beds out. This rarely stops an infestation because bed bugs don't only live in beds. They can live in other furniture. But these have been thrown out as well. People have found bed bugs in chairs, couches, dressers, pianos, and more. Guess what they did? They got rid of them only to realize that this is a costly mistake. Bed bugs don't just live in furniture and other items, they can live under the edge of carpets, behind baseboards, inside electrical wall outlets, behind crown molding, inside wall voids, and in other places.
You Might Buy A Bunch Of Bed Bug-Control Products
This happens all the time. There are a lot of products that promise to get rid of bed bugs. Some work when properly applied. But many don't work at all, especially home remedies offered up by internet experts. If you try a home remedy, you may not spend all that much, but you'll continue to get bites and be tormented by these bugs. If you pay money for bed bug products, it can add up. And you'll continue to be tormented by these bugs. Why do these products fail? Here are a few examples.
- If you spray a vinegar-and-water solution on a bed bug, you can kill it. But spraying vinegar on mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and areas around your bed will do little or nothing to kill bed bugs. A bed bug can crawl on a surface that has been treated with this solution and not suffer any issues, especially if it has dried. The reason vinegar works to kill bed bugs is that it is a desiccant. It dries them out. But it doesn't work if the bed bug isn't coated with it.
- If you put encasements on your mattress and box springs, you can trap bugs inside and prevent them from biting you. But what if there are bed bugs in the recesses of your frame. Those encasements won't stop bed bugs from biting you.
- If you put traps under the legs of your bed, you can stop bed bugs from crawling up the legs and getting into bed with you. This can prevent bites. But what if the bugs are in your mattress, box spring, or frame?
- If bed bugs are exposed to heat, it can kill them. Professionals use heat to kill bed bugs, and heat is a natural way to eliminate these insects. But heat fails to kill bed bugs when it isn't applied properly. If you put a space heater in your bedroom, the bugs will look for a cold spot to hide from the heat or retreat into your walls to get away from it. You aren't likely to kill them, but you might do what many have done when attempting a heat treatment, you could burn your property to the ground and endanger the lives of people and pets.
- If you spray a bed bug with pesticides, you can kill it. But spraying pesticides on beds and furniture will do little or nothing to stop an infestation. These products are topical. They don't get to where bed bugs hide. Plus, bed bugs have a resistance to chemicals that have been passed down from generation to generation as humans have attempted to exterminate them. You need to know what to use and how to use it safely and effectively if you want to get control of bed bugs with pesticides. This requires training in pest management.
Bed Bug Control In Evansville
If you spend money on sprays, traps, encasements, and heaters, it can add up to big bucks. We don't recommend that you take this route. It just isn't worth it. At the first sign of bed bugs in your Evansville home, take action and contact Action Pest Control. We use trusted products, field-tested bed bug control methods, and K9 bed bug inspectors to make sure every bug is found. Reach out to us today for service!
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