The internet contains loads of information on treating bed bugs. How do you know if that procedure you read about has been proven to be a helpful tip or merely an urban legend? Are some remedies dangerous?
Get the facts here before spending any money!
Common Questions About Bed Bugs
Should I visit with my family and friends?
Absolutely not! This is the worst possible thing you can do. The Bed Bugs will spread to your family and friends if you visit. Please wait until you have eliminated Bed Bugs in your home before visiting others. This is very hard, and it is embarrassing for some people, but it is the right thing to do. Call Bug Stop Pest Management today for help and advice on how to beat the Bed Bugs.
Why doesn't Bug Stop use Heat Treatment on bed bugs?
You may have heard the latest internet buzz about Heat Treatment for bed bugs. For many reasons we have chosen NOT to heat treat. 1. Great Expense - The equipment required is very expensive. This cost is passed on to the customer. 2. Property Damage - Extreme heat can damage televisions, electronics, counter tops, etc. 3. Extensive preparation - Customers must remove a lot of furniture from the home. 4. Leaves Bugs Behind - Although Heat Treatment will effectively eliminate most bugs, the Treatment leaves has no residual effect. Any Bed Bugs that survive the heat will continue to breed, resulting in a new infestation.
Should I throw out my furniture?
Absolutely not! Bug Stop Pest Management can usually save all of the furniture in your home. We rarely have to throw out any furniture when treating for Bed Bugs. Furniture is very expensive and can cost much more than the cost for us to treat the home for Bed Bugs. Give us a call today for more information.
Should I use a mattress cover?
These are also called encasements. They completely cover the mattress and close with a zipper. They are made to keep bed bugs inside when the mattress is infested with bed bugs. They can also be used to prevent bed bugs from getting on the mattress. Mattress covers are not a complete solution to the Bed Bug infestation and they are expensive. Live Bed Bugs will also be in the head board and furniture near the bed. Mattress covers are sometimes used as part of a treatment plan by Bug Stop Pest Management.
Should I move to another house or apartment?
Don't be tempted to move away from the Bed Bugs. They will move with you and your belongings, and you will start all over again with the same problem. Try to stay where you are until the Bed Bugs have been eliminated - then move if you still want to. We have worked with both tenants and landlords to extend the lease during treatment. Everyone benefits when the apartment is bug free.
Do over-the-counter sprays work?
These products will usually kill Bed Bugs, but not all of them. How the product is applied and other factors will determine how effective they will be at eliminating Bed Bugs. The result when people try to treat the home for Bed Bugs on their own is usually disappointing and expensive. Over-use and incorrect use of pesticides is common when using over-the-counter products. This can be dangerous for people living in the house. In addition, bugs not killed by these products go into hiding and re-emerge at a later date. Call Bug Stop Pest Management for professional help with Bed Bugs.
What about dryer sheets?
They don't work. We don't know who started that rumor but we see dryer sheets under a lot of mattresses. It helps us know at a glance if someone is having problems with Bed Bugs. They do not discourage Bed Bugs at all.
Should I spray with a bed bug home remedy, like one made of orange peels?
No, home remedies do not work. First of all, it is difficult to spray thoroughly enough to apply to all of the bed bug hiding spots. Second, any repellent affect will only be temporary. Eventually, they will find another way back to the beds. The products we use do not repel bed bugs; we want them to walk through it. Plus, they have a long-term residual effect.
What is IPM?
Integrated Pest Management. IPM is a system of treatment for Pests that includes Inspection, Documentation, Record Keeping, Treatment, and Follow up. These are the keys to IPM that we apply to all commercial properties. A log book is kept on site so that the treatment plan and progress can be reviewed at any time.
Can I get rid of bed bugs by cleaning?
It can be done, especially if there are only a few Bed Bugs in the home. Wash and dry all linens, blankets, pillows, comforters,etc - daily if possible. Vacuum all mattresses, box springs, upholstered chairs, and couches. All other possible hiding places for Bed Bugs must be cleaned thoroughly. You will have to know where they hide to do this. The job will require incredible work, but it can be done with a vacuum and a washing machine. We have seen only a few families that have been able to do this with 100% success. Many have tried for months and given up. During that time, any missed bugs will be multiplying.
How did bed bugs enter my home?
Bed Bugs don't fly or jump. The only way they enter the home is to ride on clothing or something that someone carried in, like a back pack. We get them from visiting a friend who has Bed Bugs or by having that friend visit in our home. Friends with Bed Bugs may or may not know they have them. We can also get them in some public places like churches, theaters, offices, and clinics - to name a few. If someone needed a place to stay 2 months ago and you now notice bites on your skin in the morning, your visitor probably left some Bed Bugs behind. It can take one to two months to notice the problem.
Do not spray household bug killers, like Raid, on your children!
- These poisons were not made to be applied to the skin. They are lethal for humans, as well as bugs.
Do not clean your furniture with alcohol!
- Alcohol should never be used as a cleaning agent for large surfaces, like beds frames, dressers, or counter tops. As alcohol evaporates, the fumes collect as a gas in the air. This gas is highly flammable and easily ignited with a cigarette.