What Not To Do If You Have A Bed Bug Infestation

Posted on: 12 June 2015

A bed bug infestation can be extremely difficult to get rid of, so a pest control officer needs to be called in. Whether you rent or own your home, there are a few things that you should not do if you have an infestation.

Do Not Sleep Elsewhere

If you have an infestation, or believe you might have an infestation, remain sleeping in your normal bed. The bugs are extremely small and will hide in your clothing. This means if you sleep in another bed elsewhere in your home or at someone else's home, that bed will also become infested. The person in charge of pest control will be using your body as the bait for the bugs, drawing them to the poison left for them.

Do Not Immediately Toss Furniture

Before you begin tossing your bed and furniture out of the house, talk to your pest control officer to find out what can be treated and saved. In addition, you do not want to spread the infestation to other areas by disturbing the nests. Most furniture can be treated and then isolation will help kill the bugs, allowing you to save money by not having to buy all new furniture.

Do Not Treat it yourself

While the thought of calling an exterminator can be embarrassing, it is strongly recommended that you do not try to treat the infestation yourself. In addition, using foggers will only cause the spread of the infestation, so you need to make sure you know what you are doing. Hiring a pest control officer may seem like a more expensive route, but they are experienced and can help reduce the cost of extermination.

Do Not Bag Immediately

If you bag your belongings before your pest control officer gives you instructions, you are very likely to seal bugs. These bugs will go dormant and can live for a long time without feeding. Before you bag, talk to your pest control officer to find out exactly what you need to do and how it should be done. In some cases, you will be asked to inspect, dry on high heat, vacuum, and seal possessions into bags. However, many pest control officers will use the poison to lure the bed bugs out of your belongings, saving you a lot of time and energy.

Finally, you should never assume that treatment will solve your infestation overnight. You will notice a decrease in the bites as the bugs begin to die off, and eventually they will disappear. However, if you are not seeing a decrease in bites, have the pest control officer come out and perform another treatment at the two week mark. Depending on the severity of the infestation, it may take a few treatments to solve the problem completely. For more information, see www.ecostarpestcontrol.com.

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