It is very important to call for a professional pest-control help when the bed bug infestation is severe. The wide spread of bedbugs hiding in hard-to-reach places, makes is difficult and a tough challenge to contain and curb the bed bugs. In case of apartments, row homes, condominiums, etc., a collective effort and co-operation are essential to eliminate a bed bug infestation. Clutter and crowded population make the environment more susceptible to the bed bugs to infest. Such areas require detailed and thorough inspection followed up with multiple treatments to resolve the problem of bedbug infestation.
It is thus, essential to avail the services of a professional exterminator to get rid of the bed bugs. This is often expensive and depends on the size of the area and the severity of the infestation. A typical bed bug extermination process involves the following steps –
Thorough inspection and detection of bedbugs: Most of the exterminators visit the location and propose to inspect the place free of cost. The exterminator team uses various tools to carry out the inspection. Flashlights, magnifying glass, collection containers, tweezers, forceps, putty knife, spatula, monitoring devices are some of the inspection tools. They prioritize the places and inspect those places that rank high in their list. It includes inspection of mattress, box spring, bed frame, headboard, storage area, furniture, around the room and other locations such as children toys, light fixture, air conditioners, hollow doors, cardboard boxes, etc. Bedbug inspection can be pretty consuming depending on the clutter and the size of the rooms. The inspection team will look for dead or alive bedbugs, eggs, molt skin, fecal spots to confirm its presence.
Prepare the place for bed bug treatment: Cleaning and clearing of the clutter are essential, before the start of extermination service. This limits the hiding places for the bed bugs. This includes washing all washable items in maximum temperature of the washing machine. These must be sealed and put aside in plastic bags. Removal of closets, drawers, chairs, bed frame, baseboards, electrical outlet covers, pulling the furniture away from the walls, peeling of wall papers, seal the thin cracks or hole in the walls are some of the preparatory activities before the treatment is applied.
Carry out the extermination process: Primary focus is on the sitting and sleeping areas of the room. Steam treatment kills bedbugs, eggs and is effective on upholstered furniture and mattress. Heat treatment is used on items such as sleeping bags, backpacks, cracks, perimeter of the room, flooring and other household items. At times, dry ice or use of carbon dioxide also works as a bedbug trap to freeze and kill them. Pesticides, that have longer residual effect, are applied on items as a complementary step to kill the bedbugs. Mattress encasements, diatomaceous earth, sprays, discarding of infested items are also used as part of the extermination process.
Follow-up service: After the main treatment, follow-up treatments are recommended that spans across several weeks. This includes inspection and spot treatment if required.
Bed Bug Extermination:
If you suspect your house is infested with bed bugs, the first thing you need to do is verify it. You may be able to do this yourself, if the bugs are in obvious places, but they like to hide and may be in places you don’t think about. They can hide in smoke detectors, cracks in walls and floors, electrical sockets as well as in mattresses and bed frames.
Check your mattress first including the box spring. Also, look around walls and floors in corners or other dark places where the bugs will hide during the day. There may be dark fecal matter scattered around hiding places. Try to notice if there is any unusual strong odor, like rotting raspberries, in any area. Finding bed bugs in a house is a daunting task and can better and more efficiently be done by professionals. When the professionals come to check your house, it is a good idea to let them see inside your car too. You may have brought the bed bugs into your home yourself, so they could also be in your car.
Once you know you have bed bugs in your house, you need to get rid of them as soon as possible. The infestation may not be too wide spread, but postponing action is not a good option. The sooner you exterminate the bed bugs the easier it will be. Professional pest control companies will have a wide assortment of tools for dealing with large and small infestations of bed bugs. Home remedies may make a good start and help prepare the rooms for the professionals, but do-it-yourself treatments can be complicated and costly and still not remove all the bugs.
To prepare your house for the bed bug exterminator, first remove all your fabric items and either wash them in very hot water or as directed by the labels. This includes bed linens, stored fabric, clothing and curtains. Seal the clean items in bags or bins so the bugs can’t get in. Empty the closets and cupboards where the bugs have been found. Put electronic items on tables, unplugged and out of the way. Vacuum everywhere it is possible including corners, carpets and bare floors. Empty any bookshelves, dressers, desks and take out the drawers but leave them in the room. Bed bugs can live in furniture and knick-knacks.
Along with insecticides, pest control professionals may use commercial steamers, because high heat kills the bugs and eggs. They also use rapid freezing equipment because extreme cold also kills the bugs and eggs. These tools can be used first, but insecticides need to be used for total elimination. Professionals know how to use these toxic chemicals safely. Some are aerosols, dusts and low-odor sprays. Even with all of this, it is possible that several follow-up visits may be necessary. You will need to stay away from your home for at least 4 hours. The chemicals may be toxic and any mattresses, sofas or chairs should be completely dry before being used.
Exterminate Bed Bugs:
To exterminate bed bugs can be a very difficult thing to do on your own, if you do not have the knowledge to do the entire job properly. On its own the bed bug is not difficult to actually kill. The hard part is finding the hiding spots of the bed bugs and making sure that every last one is exterminated in your home. A bed bug can live for several months without feeding, and all it needs is twenty four hours to lay eggs. This is why we must make sure to kill every last bed bug in the home, to ensure the infestation does not come back.
You maybe asking or saying to yourself, why not hire a professional exterminator? A professional exterminator will be very expensive, will spray poisonous materials around your home and may not get the job done properly. Exterminating bed bugs yourself may be a time-consuming job, but is very doable.
There are many ways to kill bed bugs, by using bed bug sprays, trapping them, exposing them to high temperatures or exposing them to extremely low temperatures. We will be talking about using some of these methods to exterminate the bed bugs that may have entered your home.
Exposing bed bugs to high temperatures will kill them; physically the bed bug will die if exposed to a temperature over 110 degrees fahrenheit. The easiest way to expose the bed bugs to this high temp is by using a portable steam cleaner. With the steam cleaner in hand you will need to go over every surface in your home, even the walls. Note that with this method you may need to go over the home more than once to completely get rid of the bed bugs.
A second method to use, although I do not always recommend it, is to use a bed bug spray that is meant to kill bed bugs over the entire house. This bed bug spray is meant to kill bed bugs on contact. You must use the spray on all items and areas in your home for it to be its most effective. If you have young children or any pets I strongly advise against using this method.
No matter which method that you choose to exterminate bed bugs here are a few more tips-
- keep a clean home; while bed bugs are not associated with filth, cleanliness will make them much easier to spot
- use bed bug-proof mattress and pillow encasements
- wash everything in your home including window treatments
- clean even the cracks in your walls
Complete extermination of bed bugs will not be easy task; depending upon the level of infestation it may seem almost impossible. for a more complete and guaranteed guide to getting rid of bed bugs we recommend the Bye Bye Bed Bugs Book which can be found by clicking here.
New York Bed Bugs Extermination:
Most New York bed bug exterminators only provide temporary solutions to bed bug infestation in your home. Because topical solvents, aerosols and other sprays can only address bed bugs in open areas at the time of application most of the infestation will still remain alive. When not feeding the bed bugs are hidden deep in cracks and crevasses, in your clothes, in the wall paper, in electrical boxes, under rugs, and other dark tight spots that go untouched.
The New York Bed Bug infestation has been growing at an alarming rate for the past 10 years.
Myths about Bed Bugs in New York:
Myth #1– Bed Bugs only dwell in unclean, dirty locations.
Truth- Bed bugs can live in any dwellings including: hotels, houses, and apartments. They will find a home in the cleanest of environments and are, in fact, just as common in households as in the frequently used hostels of New York.
Myth #2– Bed Bugs are only found in beds.
Truth- Bed Bugs will live and breed in carpets, wall paper, small cracks and baseboards, in furniture, in clothing, and of course in beds. They will hide out just about anywhere.
Myth #3– Bed Bugs are easy to find.
Bed bugs are very illusive. It can be hard to actually find the critters; they are detectable from red or brown streaking in bedding and fabrics. Bed bugs are drawn to heat and carbon dioxide so they will typically make their way into beds while humans sleep. After feeding, they will vacate the area and become dormant again.
Myth #4– Bed Bugs are easy to get rid of.
Bed bugs are extremely hard to permanently eradicate, especially with the wrong treatments. Because bed bugs run dormant while there is neither heat nor carbon dioxide supply, they will hide in the little crevasses in your dwelling. Sprays, topical creams, aerosols, and most treatments simply will not have a permanent effect in keeping them at bay.