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Bed Bugs: Do I really need to call an exterminator?

Bed bugs are clingy pests that move from host to host and can be easily passed on by visitors in your home, hotel stays and even in public transportation. This makes falling victim to bed bugs fairly easy, and while it is difficult to prevent them, there are recommended courses of action should you find yourself in this situation.

We understand the feeling of panic that is induced and the need to take care of a bed bug infestation right away – whether it’s in your home or business. If you need immediate assistance with a current bed bug problem, please call one of our service specialists to schedule a treatment.

Can I get rid of bed bugs myself?

Many DIY sites will tell you that you can kill bed bugs by using natural home remedies, including rubbing alcohol or essential oils like lavender, tea tree or peppermint oils. Where some of these home remedies have merit, these solutions require that you see each individual pest, and apply the products directly on them. Bed bugs are great at finding hiding places – it’s how they’ve survived all these years. Their small size also makes it easy for them to go unnoticed even when out in the open. The chances that you will find every single bed bug and apply a home remedy directly to them is virtually impossible. One alive single mated female and her young can re-infest your property in a few months’ time. Using these DIY solutions, you are more likely to end up with furniture that smells like peppermint than you are to find a solution to your bed bug problem.

Does bed bug spray and insecticides work?

There are tons of bed bug sprays and insecticides on the market. Much like DIY solutions, they usually aren’t very effective unless you know the exact location of the bed bugs and their hiding places. Bed bugs have also built up a resistance over the years to several pesticides, so depending on what you use, it can be ineffective. Because bed bugs typically hide in places that can’t be infiltrated by things like spray or foggers, it can be very difficult for these products to work. You also need to take additional precautions with these chemicals, as they can be harmful to your family and pets if used improperly.

Can you get rid of bed bugs permanently?

You can get rid of bed bugs, but there is always a chance another bed bug will find its way back into your home or business. If you find bed bugs are a recurring problem, you are either not solving the problem in the first place, or you continue to visit a place where bed bugs are present. This is particularly common in multi-family housing such as apartments or condominiums where bed bugs can easily be carried from unit to unit. The best prevention is diligent inspections, and if you find you have bed bugs in a multi-family property, make sure to notify your property manager. If you have an issue, it is possible your neighbors do too, and things can get out of hand very quickly.

Can an Identify Pest Control get rid of bed bugs?

Yes, we can get rid of bed bugs, and are really your best bet. Our technicians are trained on bed bug biology and behavior, meaning they know where to look for bed bugs and how to eliminate them at the source. By using a combination of techniques, we can eliminate bed bugs at all stages of development, which is something that’s virtually impossible to achieve with DIY products.

What do you use to get rid of bed bugs?

We use a variety of strategies to get rid of bed bugs such as heat treatment, mattress encasements, crack and crevice injection/spot treatment and pesticide dust. 

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