You lift your covers and, to your horror, you see a bed bug! What do you do? Sure, the first step is to freak out a little bit. We understand. It is more than a little bit disturbing to discover bed bugs in your home. But what do you do? There are a surprising number of ways Bradenton residents have dealt with bed bugs. We're going to start this prevention article off with a game we like to call: Should You?
Should you spray chemicals on bed bugs?
There are many over-the-counter products you can buy that will eliminate bed bugs. We don't recommend going after these insects in this way.
Spray treatments are topical. They don't get into the cracks, crevices, and other tight spaces and voids where bed bugs prefer to hide.
Bed bugs can develop a resistance to chemicals.
Bed bugs can be born with resistances their parents developed.
Chemical products can make you sick, especially when they're used near or on your bed.
Should you throw your bed out?
You might want to. The idea of having bed bugs living inside your mattress, box spring, or bed frame may make you want to never use these items again. But throwing out a bed or other furniture item isn't likely to arrest your bed bug problem. Why?
Bed bugs don't just live in beds. They can be found in other furniture items.
Bed bugs can live in luggage, duffel bags, book bags, pocketbooks, and other items they may have used to hitchhike into your home.
Bed bugs can live in the crevices and voids of your home, such as behind crown molding and baseboards or inside wall outlets and wall voids.
Should you use traps to catch bed bugs?
There are many traps that can directly capture bed bugs or attract bed bugs to their deaths. These traps are 100 percent environmentally friendly, so why shouldn't you use them? Here's why.
Traps target the symptom, not the source. You can capture bed bugs over and over again and not address the bugs hiding in your home.
Bed bugs can learn to avoid traps. They may even take to feeding on you while you're on your couch, rather than waiting till you go to bed.
Catching a few bed bugs, or seeing your traps are no longer catching bugs, may make you think you've won. This will only allow bed bugs to continue to grow their population in your home.
Should you apply heat to kill bed bugs?
Heat treatments are a natural and effective way to kill bed bugs, but it isn't as easy as putting space heaters in every room of your home, or turning your oven on high and opening the door. The temperature must be raised to a constant level above 115 degrees. This should be done by a licensed professional. If not, the results can be disastrous.
What should you do when you find bed bugs?
There are many control methods that can seem right but will lead to undesirable results. So what is the best course of action when you discover bed bugs in your home? Contact someone who understands what is required to effectively eliminate bed bugs. If you live in Bradenton, we can help you get rid of those bugs.
How do we do bed bug control?
When done properly, the best method for eliminating bed bugs is an appropriate use of heat. Here is how we use heat to effectively and naturally eliminate bed bugs.
We use professional-grade, temperature-controlled heating equipment.
We deploy heat sensors to make sure heat is being evenly distributed.
We use FLIR Thermal Imaging cameras and laser thermometers to scan cracks and crevices and make sure no areas are missed.
During the process, our service professionals enter the treatment areas and move items around to remove cold spots bed bugs may hide in.
Our team follows a strict checklist to ensure the highest level of success.
When heat is properly applied, it penetrates and kills bed bugs where they hide. It kills bed bugs in all stages of development. And, once the treatment is done, it's done. There is no residual left behind. If all of this isn't enough to choose a heat treatment for your bed bug infestation, heat treatments are fast. While a chemical treatment might be slightly cheaper, they require several treatments over the course of several weeks. A heat treatment is done in one day—and often in only a matter of a few hours.
If our team can solve your infestation with heat, we may turn to fumigation as a solution. Fumigation has the same impact. It is quick. There is no residual. And it can be used in sensitive environments where heat could be an issue.
What is the next step?
At the first sign of bed bugs in your Bradenton property, contact Keller's Pest Control. We'll guide you toward the right solution for your home or business. Our team knows what is required to get rid of Bradenton bed bugs.