Realizing you have a bed bug infestation is not something anyone relishes. Before the situation can get any worse, you need to take swift action. There are basically three strategies you can employ. One of the three is easily the best possible solution. Here are your options for ridding the home of bed bugs and being able to rest easy at night again.
The Do It Yourself Approach
There is no shortage of bed bug products that you can purchase over the counter. There are sprays to use on surfaces that cannot be laundered or dry-cleaned. You can find detergent additives that will help remove the bugs from the clothing. There are even special casings for mattresses that allow you to seal them for a year, just in case there are any bugs or eggs buried deep in the mattress.
While this all sounds convenient, attempting to get rid of bed bugs is a complex process. The bugs are not confined to the bedroom or to the bed itself. They will find their way into closets, the carpeting throughout the home, the window treatments, and even your upholstered furniture. Everything must be treated if you have any chance of getting rid of the infestation.
Even is you do successfully treat the entire home, those over the counter products only kill the bugs on surfaces. That means eggs and bugs could still be in the padding under the upholstery or deep in the mattresses. It's just a matter of time before they emerge and the infestation starts all over again. Unless you are happy spending weeks at a time fighting off infestations, this is not the solution for you.
Professional Chemical Treatments
There is no doubt that calling a professional pest control service is a better option. If the service offers mainly older methods, that means using chemicals to rid the home of the bugs. The advantage over trying to manage the task yourself is that a professional has a better idea of where the bugs can hide. The treatment will be more thorough and there is a better chance of getting rid of most of the bugs in a shorter period of time.
Be aware there are some potential issues with chemical treatments. While rare, they could trigger an adverse reaction in the people or the pets living in the home. Like the do it yourself treatments, professionally administered chemical treatments still don't get deep into the upholstery or the mattresses. You could need to call the professionals again in a couple of months when eggs hatch and the bugs emerge.
Heat Treatments Conducted by a Professional
The third and most effective approach is to arrange for professional bed bugs heat treatment. A pest control service offering this option typically trains the team to know how to adjust the heat setting for maximum effect. The heat kills the bugs and eggs instantly. Best of all, that heat is capable of seeping into the recesses of the mattresses and all your upholstered pieces. Since the heat goes where the chemicals cannot, it's not just the present infestation that's eliminated. You won't have to worry about eggs hatching and starting a second round in a few months.
If you have beg bugs, now is the time to call a professional. Inquire specifically about heat treatments. Once you know more about what they do and how effective the treatments happen to be, the other two approaches will no longer be of interest.