Everything you need to know about pests
When you have a bed bug problem at home, it's normal to want to take care of it yourself and get rid of the bugs right away. However, what many people do not know is how challenging bed bugs can actually be, especially without professional knowledge, equipment, and experience.
This article will provide you with a comprehensive guide in dealing with bed bugs from identification of the pests to actual extermination methods, and why hiring a pest control company could be the best way to deal with a bed bug infestation. We’ll also go through the factors to consider in selecting the right experts and ways to prevent similar outbreaks from happening again.
Why Should I Be Worried About Bed Bugs?
Just a few decades back, bed bugs were not something that any of us would have been concerned about. When pesticides like DDT were still in use, bed bugs were essentially eradicated. But now, they’re back! They can’t fly, but they spread and transmit by clinging onto things and other animals. Whether you're traveling or going to the gym, they can easily jump on your luggage or bag and be brought to your home to start their own colony. Bed bugs have also been known to "hitch-hike" right on top of you!
Once settled, these pests become difficult to manage without the help of a professional bed bug exterminator, and with the speed and ease that people can move around the country (and the world) coupled with large populations in cities like Jersey City and Newark, practically nowhere is safe.
A single bed bug can live up to 300 days and lay up to 500 eggs in its lifetime. They multiply quickly and cause great discomfort as they feed excessively on blood—the bitten areas becoming incredibly itchy with a burning sensation. Because of this, it is best that they are detected and exterminated as soon as possible.
DIY Pest Control vs. Professional Pest Control
There are many ways to get rid of bed bugs, but doing it yourself will at best be ineffective and take a lot of time. Expertise is a combination of skill, training, and knowledge that helps speed up and improve the process. Most hardware stores don't sell the chemicals and safety gear that professionals use to get rid of bugs.
Common DIY Pest Management Methods
Despite what has been said, it is not entirely impossible to do your own pest control. Just keep in mind that it will require a lot of resources and determination from your end. Remember to do additional research to ensure safety and ask online forums for help as needed. For starters, below are the common and most effective bed bug pest control methods you can do on your own:
Even though there are risks and problems, foggers can work if they are used often and with other pest control methods. Some foggers are so explosive that you have to turn off the gas to the house before you can use them. The fogger puts out chemicals that are bad for both people and animals, so you'll have to stay out of the house for a long time while it's being used. This step may have to be done more than once over the course of a few days. Some of the chemicals used in foggers may also smell bad.
Bed bug heat treatment tools can be bought online, but if you only need to use it once, it might be too expensive. When you find bed bugs in a piece of furniture or a small group of things, like bedding or clothes, you can kill them quickly by heating the area. It's not a good idea to heat a whole room or house to 113 degrees for long enough to kill the bugs because it will take time and money. You probably won't be able to keep tools at the same temperature without putting the heating elements at risk.
Can You Fix the Infestation on Your Own?
Getting rid of a single bed bug is not hard. But bed bugs come in hundreds and are generally difficult to eradicate because of their number and how stealthy they can be. Bed bugs can easily hide in cracks in your sofa, box spring, or other furniture. Pest control that you do yourself takes a lot of time and money, and there's no promise that the pests will be gone.
Take note that most pesticides and pest control chemicals only work at certain points in the life cycle of the insect. It is best to use more than one way to make sure that the space is completely covered and that all of the bed bugs are gone. If the issue persists, then it would likely be time to throw in the towel and hire an expert exterminator.
Professional Pest Control Methods
When it comes to the professional eradication of bed bugs, there are primarily two methods to choose from: chemical and mechanical. Both offer some advantages as well as certain drawbacks. Different businesses will use different strategies, with some opting for hybrid approaches and others pursuing more specialized methods.
Controlling Bed Bugs With Chemicals
In residential areas, the management and eradication of bed bugs may be accomplished by using pesticides. Powder, liquid, and other forms may be available for the pesticides you buy, depending on the manufacturer and the requirements of the job. When it comes to the application of pesticides, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. The length of time that will pass before you receive complete findings differs depending on the approach that was employed.
Controlling Bed Bugs With Tools
Preparing for Professional Bed Bug Extermination
If you decide to hire pest control experts, then this section of the article can help you keep in check everything you have to remember during the entire process:
Before the Treatment
If you are living in a rented property as a tenant, the landlord or the concerned authorities must be made aware. Send a notice to your landlord via mail. Keep the apartment clean so that the landlord cannot blame you for the infestation. This advice should be followed no matter what kind of dwelling you live in.
When the pest control people come for an inspection and offer you a quote, ask them about the licenses they hold for using their chemicals, the procedures they are going to use, service guarantees and additional guarantees offered, contracts and prices being offered and any references, and if follow up visits are included. Look up their reviews on social media if they have any.
During the Treatment
Generally, the exterminators are going to employ two primary types of treatment:
1.) Whole Room Heat Treatments
The pests are killed by raising the temperature of the room between 135 and 145 degrees Fahrenheit for 6 to 8 hours. The exterminators will advise you to remove anything that might get damaged due to the heat. Similar treatments like steam treatment, container heat treatment may also be applied. Remember, there is nothing to stop the bed bugs from infesting the house again. So, next, preventive treatments are employed to prevent recurrences.
2.) Insecticide Treatments
Depending on the nature of the surfaces and the different kinds of exposure they get from people in the house, three different kinds of treatments are carried out:
A one-time treatment is never going to be enough for complete bed bug extermination. Two to three treatments minimum will be required. Ask the exterminators for detailed instructions beforehand so that you can prepare yourself and your house not just for the effectiveness of the treatment but also the safety of your family, and pets.
After the Treatment
Keep your house as clean as possible. Avoid using second hand things like mattresses and cushioned furniture at all costs. Try to ensure that when you travel you don’t carry any bed bugs back with you from hotels and AirBnB residences. Check beds when you travel for similar signs of infestation before you go to sleep.
How to Choose the Right Pest Control Company
Understanding bed bug treatment methods is crucial, but an equally vital aspect is the expertise of the exterminators implementing these strategies. Many claim to offer professional services, but identifying those equipped with cutting-edge equipment, extensive experience, and comprehensive entomological knowledge is a challenge.
A good exterminator's approach diverges from common misconceptions:
A proficient exterminator stands out by:
The battle against bed bug infestations demands a sophisticated and strategic approach. Exterminators, armed with their wealth of expertise, employ a multifaceted strategy that encompasses inspection, customized treatment plans, education, and ongoing follow-up. As we navigate the challenges posed by these persistent pests, it's through the implementation of these expert techniques that we can restore comfort and peace to our living spaces.
Preventing Future Infestations
Prevention is key when it comes to bed bugs. Here are some preventive measures you can take to reduce the risk of a bed bug infestation:
The pros at Jersey City Exterminators can handle any pest situation. Bed bugs could be hiding in places like cabinets, behind baseboards, in beds, and in furniture, but our very effective fumigation method should kill them all. Fumigation kills all parts of the bed bug life cycle, including the eggs, and leaves no obvious signs. This means that your house is safe for babies, toddlers, and dogs as soon as the treatment is done.
Our skilled techs can also use a liquid pesticide when the infestation isn't too bad. Our fast-acting juice will get rid of the bed bugs so you can sleep well again.