Are DIY Bed Bug Treatments Right For You?
At the first sign of a bed bug infestation, it's incredibly tempting to want to take things into your own hands. After all, who wants to wait around when the situation can get worse by the time the pros show up? Well, have you given much thought to the DIY treatments that are out there for bed bugs?
There are plenty of home remedies and hardware store brands marketed as a cheap alternative to expert pest control services. Below is where we're going to dive into the many types and what can be useful for you and your family when it comes to killing bed bugs and pests in your home.
Fog Bombs or Foggers
Fog bombs, also called foggers, are aerosol cans that continuously spray a mist of insecticides into your home. These bombs usually have insecticides that will disrupt the life cycles of bed bugs. This means that they are good at eradicating insect eggs and larvae, but it also means that your home may still have adult bed bugs within the home for up to a few weeks after the "bombing".
Foggers can be effective when used on a consistent basis with other products. Foggers are not without their risks, as they are highly flammable. The chemicals in them are also dangerous to breathe, meaning every living being within the house will need to leave the house while treatment is underway. Not to mention that foggers can leave behind unpleasant odors and smells.
Bed bugs don't like the heat, as most prefer temperatures of around 70 degrees. This temperature allows them to survive long periods of time without a single meal. Even lower temperatures can allow bed bugs to survive by going into insect hibernation. This is why heat treatments are popular with bed bugs.
In order to kill bed bugs, the temperature will need to reach 113 degrees for at least 2 hours. The specific equipment for bed bug heat treatment can get expensive especially if you're only going to be using it once. equipment once. If you're only experiencing bed bugs on smaller areas, like sheets or clothes, you can easily heat a small space.
If the affected area is larger, it can be much more expensive and time-consuming. You may not even be able to get it done without professional help.
Bed bugs like vertical surfaces like furniture legs and dressers. They like these surfaces because they tend to lead to a host: you. By using bed bug traps, you can deter bugs from getting close. Bed bug traps are little plastic trays that are put under the legs of furniture and bed frames to trap bed bugs that are attempting to climb. While the traps stop the bugs, they don't remove them.
Call In The Pros
Whether you've tried all the DIY treatments out there or not, TLC Pest Protection is here to help you to more rapidly address your pest problems before they get worse with a variety of extermination services. Contact our team of experts today to learn how you can schedule bed bug removal services for your home.