When you have a bed bug problem, taking care of it can seem overwhelming. There is a lot of information available about the effectiveness of different bed bug removal methods… lots of sprays and foggers to pick from, and a phone book full of exterminators. How do you know which one is the best? We’ll walk you through how to choose a bed bug exterminator and get the peace of mind that comes with a bug-free home.
Don’t Try to Be an Exterminator
When you’re standing in front of a bunch of sprays and foggers that promise to get rid of bed bugs, it’s tempting to just grab a $10 spray and just do it yourself. However, do-it-yourself bed bug removal isn’t a great idea. The problem with sprays and other at-home bed bug removal products is that bed bugs are sneaky and tiny and can scurry away from threats pretty easily. Consequently, if you aim a canister at a group of bed bugs and start spraying, you’ll catch a few of them, but the rest of the group will figure out what’s going on and start running away. Those bugs will get into the tiniest crack or crevice and hide away until the danger is gone, and you won’t be able to get all of them. This means that when all is said and done, your home will smell like chemicals and you will still have a bed bug problem. That is why it is important to entrust a professional bed bug exterminator with any infestation, no matter how big or small you think it is.
Do Your Research
Research is very important when you have a problem in your home, such as bed bugs. After all, you’re inviting strangers into your home and entrusting them to make your living environment safe and comfortable, so you want to make sure you’re hiring a trustworthy bed bug exterminator company whose methods of extermination will work for you, your family, and your home. It’s always a good idea to use Yelp or some other review site to check out what a business’s customers are saying about them and about their service, as well as asking your friends and family if they’ve ever patronized that particular business. Check the company’s website to see what kind of bed bug extermination method or methods they use.
What Methods Should I Try to Avoid?
You might be wondering if there are any bed bug removal methods that you should refrain from using. The answer to that depends on your lifestyle, your home, and how bad your bed bug problem is. If you have children or pets, live with elderly relatives, or have health problems (especially respiratory problems), you may want to steer clear of chemical treatments. The fumes can linger in your home for a while after the treatment is complete. Not only is the smell unpleasant, chemical odors can also cause breathing trouble, migraines, and other problems. Vacuuming bed bugs is also not a great idea. Believe it or not, a vacuum may not kill bed bugs. If you do this, you’ll also probably need to vacuum more than once to get rid of the infestation, and the whole vacuum has to be very carefully cleaned afterward. It’s a good idea to pick a treatment that doesn’t need to be repeated several times.
What’s the Best Treatment Method?
Generally, the safest and most effective way to treat a space for bed bugs is heat treatment. Heat treatment involves moving furniture away from walls, then heating a home or business to about 120 degrees, a temperature that is fatal to bed bugs. The heat will be moved through the space with large heaters, and the space will remain at a high temperature for several hours. The bed bugs cannot tolerate the heat and will die, no matter how small of a space they’ve managed to wedge themselves into. After the treatment, the equipment is removed from your home and your furniture is put back, and you’ll have peace of mind knowing that the bugs are gone. When choosing an exterminator, consider one that uses heat treatment.
Looking For a Bed Bug Exterminator?
Bed Bug BBQ in Cleveland, Ohio uses heat treatment to get rid of bed bugs. After this safe, effective treatment is completed in less than 24 hours, your home is guaranteed bed bug free for 60 days! Contact Bed Bug BBQ today for a FREE quote and inspection at (216) 221-1227 or through our website, and check out our other bed bug informational resources on identification, prevention, and eradication.