Do-it-yourself solutions are all the rage these days. And while this might be great if you’re trying to add a case to your bookshelf or learning how to garden, DIY extermination projects aren’t good alternatives to professional pest control.
Here’s everything you need to know about bed bug infestations, including why you shouldn’t carry out exterminations yourself.
Bed bugs are adept at hiding
Bed bug bites can cause itching and even pain in the worst cases. There are probably times when you’ve felt a sting and turned on a light, only to see that there’s no bed bug there anymore. Moreover, any visible bed bugs are likely just a small part of the infestation.
Bed bugs can sense whether you’re asleep or not judging by the amount of carbon dioxide you let out while breathing. They stay under wraps until you’re sleeping, and go back to hiding as soon as they sense you’re awake.
There are a lot of hiding spaces for bed bugs
No matter what spot treatment you use, bed bugs are going to come back. This remains true even if you throw away your mattress and buy a new one. If you have a bed bug infestation, there are probably bed bugs in the spaces inside the headboard, on your nightstand, under the carpets, and even in the small areas inside electrical outlets. No matter how thorough you are, you won’t be able to deal with them all.
Chemical bed bug treatments are hazardous to your health
While some biochemicals and desiccants have been approved for use against bed bugs by the EPA, these can be hazardous for the health of the house’s inhabitants.
The chemical treatments approved by the EPA can kill bed bugs and draw them out of their hiding spaces, but they are best administered by professional pest control services.
Heat treatments can result in a fire hazard
Using heat to kill bed bugs without the use of chemicals poses its own set of risks. The room undergoing a bed bug infestation needs to be heated to a temperature of 120 to 135 °F and requires the use of gas or electrical heaters to accomplish this temperature.
If the heaters are kept close to any other objects, you could have a fire on your hands that’s far more difficult to control than a bed bug infestation.
Xterminator Pest Control located in Columbus, Ohio, and offers exterminator and pest control services. Our services in Columbus include bed bug treatment, termite inspection, and rodent control. Contact us today to schedule an extermination appointment for your house.