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Bed Bug Control
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Do-It-Yourself Bed Bug Control
Doing your own bed bug control is a decision you have likely made after experiencing the frustration that comes from living with a bed bug problem and learning of the immense cost involved with hiring an exterminator. This guide will help you get rid of bed bugs on your own, step-by-step.
*When it comes to Bed Bugs, there is no fix-all, easy solution. Complete control requires a carefully planned and designed integrated approach.
Specific Challenges of Bed bug Control
Bed bugs can be harder to treat than other household pest insects for a few reasons. The #1 thing that sets Bed bug control apart from other pest insect management programs is that you have to treat personal items such as clothing, shoes, picture frames, beds and furniture in some way but most other pests allow you to spot spray or apply a perimeter spray around the room. Bed bugs are not attracted to baits like roaches or ants so you must take the treatments directly to them. Another challenge bedbugs present is their ability to quickly become resistant to synthetic pyrethroids. While other insects may build up resistance to this chemical group, bedbugs seem to be able to do so exceptionally fast. These means you must use a variety of products and techniques to control bedbugs.
Can You Really Do It Yourself?
In most cases you can do your own bedbug elimination treatments. It really takes three components to be successful:
First and foremost, you must be willing to commit to the labor that is involved which include preparations prior to the treatment, the initial application and the needed repeat applications. Next, it is very important to choose products that are specifically labeled for bedbugs and labeled for use in the areas you intend to use them. Last, you must be thorough. There are no shortcuts when you are dealing with bedbugs. Every item, every crack and crevice and every void in the infested room must be treated in some way. Failure to be thorough will almost always lead to treatment failure.
Benefits of Doing Your Own Bed bug Control (saves $$)
There are several benefits to doing your own bedbug treatment.
1.You can do the treatment at your own pace and when you have time vs a company that will set a specific time frame for you to be home which could mean you will miss work.
2. You get to choose what products are being used in your home. You don’t have to hope the company you hired is using products you feel are safe for you and your family.
3. No one loves your home and family like you do. Chances are you are going to be very thorough, apply the products only where the instructions say they can be applied and do the follow up treatments as specified. At the end of the day the professional gets to go home, but you and your family will be sleeping in the home. Who has more motivation to get the job done right?
4. There is a clear cost difference between doing your own treatment and hiring a company to do it for you. You will usually spend about $200-$300 to do your own treatment in an average size home while hiring a professional company typically starts at about $1500. While you are using the same exact products they are, you are also paying for their time, travel and labor.
Cautions of Doing It Yourself (situations when you should hire a professional)
There are a few instances when trying to treat your home for bedbugs should only be done by professionals.
1.If you or someone who lives in your home has an illness that can be affected by chemicals, doing treatments yourself would not be recommended. Instead you should consider hiring a company that can do complete heat treatments.
2. Bedbug treatments require lifting objects, bagging clothes and moving large items.
If you are unable to do the labor required to do a thorough treatment, it is time to call in a professional company.
3. If you made the mistake of using a fogger or bug bomb in your home to treat for bedbugs and you are now finding bedbugs in odd places like the kitchen, bathroom or on the ceiling, you should call in the pros. It is likely that the house may need to be treated in attics, all wall voids or they may even recommend doing a whole house heat treatment or tenting to eliminate the bedbugs.
All About Bed Bug Control
Bed bug control doesn’t have to be expensive. The main objective of DoMyOwnPestControl.com is to save you money on pest control, including the more difficult pests like bed bugs.
Bed bugs are one of the most difficult pests to control and if you’re not careful, you may end up throwing your bed, couch, and other pieces of costly furniture, out the door. Don’t let it get to this point; buy our bed bug control products and prevent or kill those bed bugs before it’s too late.
With the increasing number of bed bug bites and infestations across the world, many people are wondering how to prevent, control, kill, and quite simply, just get rid of them. Here you will find some of the best bed bug treatment and prevention products available today, as well as all the information and treatment guides you might need.
Bed Bug Infestations
Bedbugs have long been associated with filth and dirt, but any home or dwelling has the potential for bedbugs. They just need the right conditions and food sources to thrive. You will need to know the signs of a bedbug infestation. See our article about doing your own bed bug inspection for more information.
Since bed bugs do not fly, they are expert hitchhikers and can take fairly long journeys to find food and shelter. This makes hotels and apartments especially vulnerable to bed bugs. See our article about how to avoid hotel bed bugs, as well as our tips for apartment bed bug control.
Bed Bug Infestation Management
After you have inspected thoroughly, now you must get rid of your invaders. There are two key aspects to controlling bed bugs: non-chemical control to eradicate the bugs from your environment and chemical controls to break the lifecycle of the bed bugs and keep them from returning.
Non-Chemical Bed Bug Control
Chemical Bed Bug Control
To achieve the maximum level of control, it will be necessary to incorporate some form of pesticide use as part of the overall approach to bed bug management. Think of pesticides as the powerful punch of your program. When applying pesticides, be sure to treat all surrounding areas to the infestation, in addition to the source itself, including wall voids between infested rooms.
Product Recommendations: To get rid of bed bugs effectively we'd recommend purchasing at least one of each type of product below for a complete bed bug control treatment. Don't forget to purchase enough for a follow-up treatment in two weeks:
Follow-Ups to Control Measures
The final step in bed bug management is the most important. You will probably see a significant improvement after the initial treatment and implementation of the steps in this program. Complete bed bug elimination takes patience, persistence, and time. Following an initial treatment and implementation, you should continue to actively inspect on a regular schedule (every 2 or 3 weeks) to monitor bed bug populations. Non-chemical and chemical control will likely need to be repeated on a bi-monthly to monthly basis until all signs of infestation disappear completely.
Bed Bug Infestations on Mattresses
Some of the signs of bed bugs include small blood stains or small, light brown skins found on bed sheets, headboards, walls, and other areas of a room.
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