Even if you have scheduled pest control treatments throughout the year, you may still get bed bugs in your home. Bed bugs are resistant to several forms of pesticides, so they can be more difficult to prevent and eliminate than other types of bugs.
Bed bugs can still be eliminated, but your pest control company may use treatments such as heat or freezing them with dry ice along with pesticide treatments. Here are some tips for handling a bed bug problem in your home.
Call For Help Right Away
Bed bugs can be harder to get rid of when their numbers are greater and spread throughout your house. Learn to recognize the signs of bed bugs so you know when an infestation is starting. You might have itchy welts on your arm, notice a sweet musty odor in your room, see the bugs, or notice the blood specks and cast-off exoskeletons they leave behind.
Call a pest control company for help as soon as you notice signs of bed bugs rather than waste time on DIY bed bug removal remedies that may not work.
Look For Bugs Around Your Bed
If you keep waking up with itchy welts and you don't know why, start looking for bugs hiding around your bed. Check the seams of your mattress and in the cracks of your headboard. If you have bed bugs, there will probably be bugs near your bed since you're their main food source. You can capture bugs you see with a vacuum cleaner attachment to help decrease their numbers.
If you can't find any bugs, let the pest control professional search your bedroom and home. An exterminator knows where the pests are likely to hide and will have better luck finding and identifying the bugs that are bothering you.
Decide On The Treatment Method
Your pest control company may offer different types of treatments for bed bugs. The choice could depend on how bad your infestation is or your budget. The exterminator may offer pesticide treatments, steam spraying, dry ice treatments, or whole-home heating.
Prepare Your Home For Treatment
No matter what type of treatment you decide to have, you'll probably need to prepare your home first. This might involve vacuuming thoroughly, treating your clothes in the dryer, wrapping your mattress in a bed bug case, and cleaning up clutter. Your pest control company will give you specific instructions on what to do to prepare for the bed bug treatments and what not to do so you don't spread the bugs around.