You found them. You had always told yourself that bed bugs were the result of home neglect and that you would never allow them into your living space, yet there they are: Black dots on your bed spread, discarded exoskeletons, maybe even live bed bugs on your mattress. What went wrong? Why did this happen?
Relax. It’s not your fault that these little bed bugs found their way into your home. The truth is that a clean home does little to deter these creatures from taking up residence in your house. A less clean house, in fact, is not much more likely to harbor bed bugs than one which is kept immaculate.
Instead of believing the myth that bed bugs prefer dirty houses, consider the fact that there has been a major resurgence of bed bugs in the United States in the past few years. Hotels are being hit particularly hard by these little creatures, and it is very easy for a bed bug to latch onto your luggage during a vacation without you knowing. There’s no reason for you to blame yourself for this; rather, let’s focus on getting them out of your home!
One of the first things you should do is try to isolate the infestation. If you are able to have a decent guess as to where the bed bugs are in your home, you can prevent them from spreading further by avoiding entering the room. A bed bug dog can help discover the boundaries of the infestation, so that isolation is successful.
Use the hottest water the material will allow, and dry them on as high of heat as the material will allow. This will purge the movable items of bed bugs and bed bug eggs, and you can set those aside for use after the bed bug infestation has been eliminated. Dry clean any items which cannot be washed in a traditional manner in order to remove them of bed bugs.
At this point, you should employ the services of a bed bug control professional like Environmental Heat Solutions. Bed bugs are extremely difficult to fully eliminate due to their ability to get through even the tiniest cracks. Isolating the infestation makes the process much less expensive, though a full-house inspection is still recommended afterwards to ensure that the problem is truly gone. Many of our clients prefer full-house thermal remediation for this precise reason: There is little risk of a bed bug being missed compared to an isolated thermal treatment.
Did you know that bed bugs can live for up to a year without feeding on blood? This is why leaving your home to “wait them out” is usually not a practical strategy. Few people can afford to be away from home for the full year that it would take for such a strategy to work. The good news is that there is an alternative to fumigation. Our Thermal Remediation® service takes care of the problem quickly, efficiently, and in an environmentally friendly way by raising the temperature of your home well beyond what is inhabitable for bed bugs. Thermal Remediation® treatment only takes about eight hours from set up to tear down, and heat offers the bed bugs nowhere to hide.
For increased accuracy, many people are now also using canines to detect bed bug infestations in their home. This has the added benefit of ensuring the precise location of bed bugs, making treatments even more focused and saving you money. This technique can also be used after a bed bug treatment to ensure that the bed bugs have been completely eradicated. At Environmental Heat Solutions, we’ll pull out all the stops to make sure that your bed bug infestation is eliminated quickly and thoroughly. Call us today to get started.
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