By: Tim Mcintosh

So. You think you might have bed bugs…What should you do? What is the best treatment option to get rid of bed bugs? 

There is no shortage of products on the market that claim to effectively treat bed bugs – most come in the form of liquid sprays (both chemical- and natural-based) or containment methods (like sealed protective mattress covers). When you are covered in bites and want a solution fast, these might seem to be good, economical options. 

However, time is of the essence – female bed bugs can lay anywhere from one to three eggs per day, and 200 to 500 in their lifetime… so it’s crucial that the treatment you choose is effective the first time around. Treatment options can include:

  • Dry heat or steam
  • Liquid spray treatments
  • Bed bug dust treatments
  • Sealed mattress covers
  • Traps at the base of each leg of the bed that bed bugs can crawl into but can’t get out of
  • Dismantling bed frames, drawers, and other furniture to remove bed bugs and eggs from joists and crevices
  • Making sure no linens (like a bed skirt) are touching the ground and creating a way bed bugs can climb up to feed on you
  • Vacuum thoroughly and regularly, using attachments to clean hard to reach places and cracks
  • Wash and dry all linens, clothes, and anything else you possibly can on the highest heat setting available

Although it can be tempting to tackle bed bug eradication as a DIY project, you may want to think again. A failed attempt at eliminating bed bugs could mean improperly applied chemicals that are dangerous for you and your family, or even the potential to leave eggs behind…which means you could soon be right back where you started with a new wave of bed bug infestation.

Of all the options, the best treatment for bed bugs is through a pest control professional. A professional will be able to determine what the most effective treatment method will be for your specific situation. 

The Best Treatment Plan for Bed Bugs:

  1. Let a professional perform an inspection. Determine if the little critters are actually bed bugs, so the correct treatment can be applied.
  2. Find their hiding places – a professional will know exactly where to look. Bed bugs are not only found in mattresses and linens – they typically hide anywhere between 5 and 20 feet from their host when they aren’t feeding… and since their flat body is usually about the width of a credit card, a vital part of treating bed bugs is finding their hiding places.
  3. Use a comprehensive treatment option, applied by a professional, to stop the current infestation in its tracks and prevent future ones from occurring.

When it comes to an infestation of parasitic bed bugs that feed on you while you sleep, it’s best to leave nothing to chance. Once the bed bugs and eggs have been eliminated, consider routine pest control to make sure the first time is the LAST time they invade your home!



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