Two of the traits of bed bugs that help make them such a problem – besides their nasty little habit of nibbling on people, of course – are their persistence and their resiliency:
- No matter how hard you work to root bed bugs out of a home, there always seem to be a few more lurking somewhere else
- Regardless of how much you clean to make your home as inhospitable to bed bugs as possible, there always seem to be one or two places you never even thought to check where they continue to thrive
- No matter how much you rely on bed bug sprays to kill them off, they always seem to return
The first two issues above can often be combated by being just a little more thorough in your inspection and cleaning sweeps. For example, looking beyond the sheets and mattresses to find the stragglers that have tucked themselves into draperies, carpets and wall cracks. If you’re toying with the notion of using a bed bug spray to eliminate the problem once and for all, you will regret it…
Why? Because bed bug sprays are more of a repellent than an actual killing agent when it comes to these determined little pests. Sure, you’ll probably kill off many of the bugs you can actually see, but the rest will simply scurry off into walls, drawers and closets to live and breed another day.
Part of their resiliency includes being able to survive for months without eating. These escapees will likely just lay low until the bed bug spray has lost its effectiveness before reemerging to simply pick up where they left off. And even if you luck into a bed bug spray that actually gets the job done better than most, you’ll still be spreading potentially harmful chemicals around your living area. Thus putting your family and pets at risk for new health issues.
Fortunately, when it comes to getting rid of bed bugs, there’s a better way than a bed buy spray.
The not-so-secret method for truly eliminating bed bugs is heat treatment. While their natural hardiness renders most pesticides largely ineffective, bed bugs simply cannot survive extreme temperatures, which is why the goal is to heat your entire home to a level that truly kills – no matter where the bugs try to hide. It’s the same concept behind throwing all of your potentially infested clothes and bedding into the dryer on a high setting, only applying this method to the whole house.
You can read more about the details of a bed bug heat treatment, but the most important things to remember are:
- Heat treatment is a far safer and more effective solution than bed bug sprays
- Only a professional should attempt a bed bug heat treatment
If you think you have an infestation, don’t turn to a bed bug spray. Get the job done right with a heat treatment from a professional. Call Erdye’s Pest Control today at (715) 587-0626 for a 100% FREE inspection.