Do-It-Yourself Bed Bug Control & Why It Fails In Your Wilmington Home

February 20, 2020

When it comes to pest infestations, many people would agree that bed bugs rank high on the list of infestations they’d like to avoid. Even when you’re told that bed bugs don’t transmit diseases, there’s something especially disturbing about having bugs in your house that feast on your blood while you sleep. If you end up with a bed bug infestation in your Wilmington home, you may be tempted to try a DIY treatment method, but you’ll likely find that it’s ineffective.

a bed bug on a mattress

How Do Bed Bugs Get Inside My House?

It is a common misconception that bed bugs are attracted to messy, unclean homes. Furthermore, people often associate these pests with inexpensive hotels. Though you may find bed bugs in those places, these unwanted pests are just as likely to take up residence in clean homes or establishments.

Bed bugs are notorious hitchhikers. They will attach themselves to clothing, bags, packaging, or furniture to make their way into an unsuspecting home or business. Unfortunately, even if you keep your space tidy and clean, you may find yourself in the throws of a bed bug infestation.

These bugs could be anywhere - on public transportation, in schools, in hospitals, or on the merchandise, you bring home - whether it's new or used. Therefore, it is important to develop some defensive strategies to prevent an infestation from taking hold.   

  • Inspect everything that comes into your home for bed bugs. Look carefully in the seams of backpacks, clothing, and furniture. 
  • Do not place belongings on the floor when visiting other homes, businesses, or while traveling on public transportation. 
  • Wash new belongings in hot water. Bed bugs do not like the heat and high temperatures will kill unwanted hitchhikers. 

Signs Of A Bed Bug Infestation

Regardless of your best efforts, you may find yourself in the throws of a bed bug infestation. These creatures are small and tenacious, so if you suspect you have bed bugs in your home, it’s helpful to know some of the signs of an infestation. 

  • If you wake up with red, itchy bites on your body, it’s possible that you have bed bugs. Bed bugs typically bite in a linear or zig-zag pattern. 
  • Small red dots on your sheets are another sign of a bed bug infestation.
  • Small brown or black streaks on your sheets could be bed bug fecal matter.
  • Bed bugs, eggs, and casings are often found between mattresses and headboards.

    Though bed bugs prefer to take up their lodging in your mattress and feed at night, they will hide in other areas of your home such as in the seams of furniture, behind picture frames on walls, along the edges of floors, or even inside of electrical outlets. 

DIY Methods And Why They Fail

When faced with a bed bug infestation, many people attempt DIY treatment methods. Sometimes it’s because they think they’re just as effective as professional treatment. Sometimes it’s because they assume it will be cheaper. Whatever the reason, there are plenty of DIY remedies that you can find simply by looking them up online. Unfortunately, most of these methods are ineffective at best and dangerous at worst.

Over-the-counter chemical treatments are popular and can help remove bed bugs, but the directions are sometimes difficult to follow. When you’re working with chemicals, you want to make sure you know what you’re doing and follow the directions perfectly. Any mistakes in the amount you use or where you apply the treatment could be dangerous for your family members or pets.

Many websites tout all-natural methods that include vacuuming everything in your house and washing all clothing and bedding in a hot setting. Although this will remove some of the bed bugs in your home, it doesn’t take into account the ones that are inside your mattress or hiding within your walls.

Lastly, if you think you've controlled a bed bug infestation on your own, sadly, you're probably wrong. Even if you can find respite for a few weeks, these bugs can lay dormant and your infestation will likely resurface over time. 

How To Effectively Eliminate Your Entire Bed Bug Infestation

The only reliable way to eliminate your entire bed bug infestation is to get the help of a professional pest control company. Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators are experts at safely treating bed bugs. We will eliminate them in all stages of development so that your entire infestation is taken care of efficiently and effectively. Contact us to schedule a bed bug inspection for your Wilmington home today.

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