Wallpapering, painting, and minor home repairs are all great DIY projects. However, treating bed bugs is not one of them.
Bed bugs are hard to detect and even harder to kill, they’re an all-too-common problem — and because they can spread quickly throughout your home, they’re not one you should take lightly, or try to combat on your own.
Bed bugs are blood feeders, and they crawl into beds during the night while their victims are sleeping. The bite is painless and a number of bed bugs may feed for an extended period of time on any area of exposed skin. The resulting bite wound may show generalized minor swelling into a raised bump followed by itching.
Why DIY Bed Bug Treatment Isn’t Effective
- Positive identification of bed bugs is important because their close relatives, bat bugs and swallow bugs, can easily be confused with them. Misidentification can lead to failed control efforts.
- Successful control depends on finding every crack or void where the insects are hiding and removal of the bugs by vacuuming or treatment of the hiding area with an appropriate product. Overlooking even the smallest crack in furniture may lead to a persistent infestation, therefore beds, nightstands, and related furniture often require disassembly and careful inspection.
- Carpets may need to be gently lifted along the edge and the space beneath treated.
- Baseboards, door and window frames, and any visible crack will require treatment in infested rooms.
- Should furniture be moved from an infested unit to another unit, it should be carefully inspected and cleaned or treated as necessary to prevent the spread of bed bugs to the new room.
Our proven thermal reduction treatment is simple, fast, and non-toxic. We’ll move furniture, open up interior doors, and stand up couch cushions and mattresses to allow for maximum air movement. Then, we’ll heat your house to between 130° and 150°, killing all of the bedbugs and their eggs. Not only is our solution safer for your home than pesticides, but it’s also more effective. Over time, bedbugs can become resistant to chemical treatments — but never heat.