Pesky Pests: Bed Bugs And How To Obliterate ThemHawks
Waking up from a restful night’s sleep covered in tiny red welts can be a distressing experience. Some bloodsucking bug has been munching on you when you’re at your most vulnerable, and you weren’t even aware it was happening. Unfortunately, the evidence points squarely at the pesky intruder that 68% of pest control workers state is the hardest one to control: the bed bug.
Get A Positive ID
Before calling your local pest control services, make sure that you do, in fact, have bed bugs. They like to live within a few feet of their dinner (a.k.a. you) so, regrettably, this means you’re going to need to check your mattress and any furniture in your home. Bed bugs do all of their feeding at night, so uncovering them in the daytime may cause them to scatter immediately. Although the sight of the tiny, brown insects will add to your nightmare fuel, it is a positive identification; it’s time to contact your local exterminators for help.
Get Rid of Bed Bugs… FOR GOOD
The minuscule menaces may be skin-crawlingly repulsive, but you can relax a little bit at the knowledge that they don’t spread any diseases; the biggest issue is one of their bite marks becoming infected from your scratching. Knowing that, you can focus entirely on your plan of action. There are several options, each with their own merits:
- Chemical treatments: usually the cheapest but need to be performed multiple times and may not eradicate all of the nasty critters
- Steam treatments: effective but can’t reach all areas of your home — furniture treatments only penetrate a few inches down and the steam machinery can’t maneuver into hard to reach places
- Heat treatments: the most effective, but very expensive — a professional requires 6 to 8 hours in your home in order to raise the temperature to around 135 degrees Fahrenheit (bed bugs die immediately at 122 degrees)
Regardless of what option you go with, pest control services will do their best to eliminate the pests in your home. Finding a well known and successful professional service can make the difference between a peaceful night’s sleep and a repeated nightmare.