Bed bugs are the best hitchhikers in the world. Unable to fly, these pests have successfully traveled from somewhere else to your home. To get rid of bed bugs, you have to become a little ruthless. They’re tough, and once they travel to your home, they don’t want to travel anywhere else. They live inside walls and your belongings. Sometimes they even travel with you while you’re going about your daily activities.
One or two of these bugs in your home can become thousands in so many weeks. That’s why you can’t wash or throw your belongings out to eliminate the bugs. You have to kill them. Yet, it must occur to enjoy life again. The first step to killing them is to find the places they’re hiding. The next step is to pick your weapon of choice.
Eliminating these bugs can be complicated. You can use pesticides specially made for bed bug removal. Unfortunately, advertisements for pesticides are more effective than the actual product. In addition, trying to treat the problem can be a waste of time. You can use the pesticides, but the bugs hide in places you can’t see or get to. So, you’re not killing all of them.
Top Beg Bug Treatment Options
Hiring a professional, also called a pest management professional or PMP, is an effective beg bug treatment option. The professional gets rid of the bugs and prevents another infestation. Often, the professional inspects your home to find the exact location of the bugs.
Depending on the company you choose, dogs trained to sniff out the bugs may do the hard job of locating the bugs. Before the treatment, pest management professionals provide you with detailed instructions on preparing your home. For example, you may have to clean or launder certain items.
There are several methods available to kill the bugs, such as cold or heat treatments. These are non-chemical treatments. The cold treatment consists of using temperatures below zero for about four days to kill the bugs. The cold treatment often works in two phases. The first phase kills the adult and nymph bugs. The following treatment eliminates the bugs that hatched during the first treatment. Cold treatment does not kill bugs’ eggs.
Heat treatment involves using temperatures over 113 Fahrenheit for about four hours. The treatment process can take less when the temperatures approach 140 degrees Fahrenheit. The higher temperatures kill these bugs in any stage of their life.
Non-chemical methods are quicker than traditional chemical treatments. However, your professional may use a chemical treatment like:
Insect growth regulators
Unfortunately, these chemicals won’t get rid of the entire infestation immediately. The professional may use some of the chemicals together to get rid of them. For example, he or she may release one chemical in your home for about seven hours so it can filter through the walls then directly insert another chemical inside cracks to kill the bugs. You will have to go through the chemical process many times over about eight weeks before the bugs are completely gone.