How do I get rid of bed bugs by myself?
If you have bed bugs in your home, you should vacuum your home, wash your bedding with high heat, and vacuum and encase your mattresses. You could use commercial insecticides, but many insecticides sold in stores are ineffective at treating bed bugs because over time bed bugs have developed a tolerance for these chemicals. Professional pest control companies have access to stronger pesticides that will eliminate bed bugs.
Can bed bugs be completely eliminated?
With a thorough treatment plan and the proper tools, yes, bed bugs can be completely eliminated. Our pest control partners will discuss treatment options with you and make a recommendation on the best way to ensure they are gone for good.
How long does it take an exterminator to get rid of bed bugs?
As with any infestation, the timeframe to eliminate bed bugs will depend on how severe the infestation is, but you can expect that it could require three or four visits. You should begin to see improvement after the first treatment, but bed bug control can be an ongoing process, and it may be necessary to re-treat areas.
How do you know if bed bugs are gone?
Bed bugs are excellent at hiding, so it can be difficult to tell when they are completely gone. Our pest control partners will place traps or “interceptors” at the base of each leg of your bed to monitor bed bug activity. If you notice there are no bed bugs in the interceptors for several consecutive days, then that’s a good sign that they are gone.
Do bed bugs go away in winter?
Unfortunately, bed bugs don’t take a winter vacation. They remain active throughout the winter months as long as they continue to have a host off of which they can feed. These hosts can be dogs, cats, rodents, or their preferred hosts – humans.
How bad is my bed bug infestation?
Any bed bug infestation is bad, but there are things to look for that might provide a clue as to the severity and size of the infestation. If you notice blood stains on your sheets, dark spots of bed bug excrement on your bedding, egg shells or skins that have been shed, or dead bugs, you probably have a pretty serious infestation that needs immediate attention.
Does seeing one bed bug mean an infestation?
Finding one bed bug doesn’t necessarily mean you have a full-blown infestation. If it entered your home through your luggage or on other fabric surfaces recently, it may not have had time to lay eggs yet. If you find a bed bug, it’s important to completely vacuum and clean your bedding, curtains, and linens in hot water and thoroughly vacuum your mattress and the surrounding area.
Do bed bugs infest the whole house?
Bed bugs generally remain near their hosts, so they tend to stay in sleeping areas, but it is possible for them to move around the entire house and invade other rooms. If you have a bed bug infestation in one area of your home, make sure you check other areas for further evidence of infestations.