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Once a bed bug problem is discovered, you should contact a professional bed bug Technician for a complete peace of mind. DIY solutions are unlikely to be effective with bed bugs due to the resilience and resistance these blood-sucking pests have built up against conventional treatment methods.
There are however, some out there who may want to attempt it on their own. And for those brave DIYers, while the following tips will not help you fully remove bed bugs from your home, we hope they help reduce the infestation.
It is incredibly difficult to get rid of bed bugs on your own. But by cleaning up certain parts of your home, you can fight back. You need to call pest control professionals to completely elminate the problem, but in the meantime, you can do the following:
Bed bugs earned their name for their fondness of beds and bed time. However, they infest many other areas, too. These opportunistic insects hide in close proximity to their human hosts so they can sneak out to draw a blood meal without being noticed. Fully inspect the below areas:
If your manufacturer's instructions allow, wash infested bedding at a temperature of at least 140°F for 90 minutes. A typical household washing machine and dryer settings should manage this. Bed bugs cannot survive in a hot dryer longer than 20 to 30 minutes, so dry all bedding on your dryer’s highest heat setting.
Be careful moving infested bedding to and from the laundry room, and do so in a dedicated laundry basket to prevent cross-contamination of clothing, towels, and other laundered items.
Vacuum across your mattress, inside the bed frame, under your bed, along headboards, and baseboards. Use the hose attachments to clean thoroughly along walls, around edges, and in all cracks and crevices where live insects, nymphs, and eggs may be hiding.
Dispose of your vacuum bag outside your home. Wrap your mattress and box spring in specially designed bed bug encasements. These help prevent bed bugs from being able to hide and make nests in your mattress.
It happens to everyone—you’ve fallen in love with a piece of vintage or secondhand furniture. But how do you make sure it doesn’t have bed bugs? To protect yourself from bed bugs, thoroughly inspect your items:
It’s not a common occurrence that used furniture is ridden with bed bugs. People nationwide buy secondhand furniture every day that is safe and bed bug-free. However, it’s still better to be safe than sorry when purchasing items. A lot of people will donate furniture after pest infestations or even in the midst of one. It’s simply best practice to be extra cautious and thoroughly inspect items before bringing them into your home.
The hospitality industry is at great risk when it comes to bed bug activity. High traffic volumes in hotels, bed & breakfasts, and motels increase the risk of a bed bug infestation. With visitors constantly coming and going, it is almost inevitable that bed bugs will find their way in.
Compared to other pests, bed bugs are likely to cause the largest number of compensation claims. The consequences are significant for brand reputation, customer reviews, employee morale, operational efficiency, and ultimately revenue and profits. When it comes to bed bugs and business, DIY treatment options are far too risky without any guarantee of success.
For protection and complete peace of mind, you can count on the qualified pest control Technicians at Western Exterminator for expert bed bug control for your commercial property. We offer leading bed bug solutions and control methods such as heat treatments, steam remediation, and fumigation, as well as staff training to identify early signs of pests. For any issue related to bed bugs, Western Exterminator has your business covered.
At Western Exterminator, we understand the distress a bed bug infestation can cause. For your peace of mind, we offer a bed bug warranty. Bed bug warranty is dependent upon the business and the type of treatment being performed, and generally ranges between 30-90 days. Please contact us for more details.
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