All too often, homeowners facing the horrors of a bed bug infestation react way too quickly to the situation, causing them to make avoidable and costly mistakes. Since bed bugs are such resilient creatures and so difficult to get rid of it takes a true professional to get the job done right, which is why anyone who notices bed bugs in their home should contact a bed bug control company immediately.
It’s understandable to have a knee jerk reaction when you realize that tiny parasites are feeding on your blood while you sleep, but, as hard as it sounds, the best thing to do is remain calm. After all, bed bugs aren’t very dangerous pests to have in your home. The biggest threats posed by bed bugs is the psychological damage they can cause to hosts that can’t keep their cool.
If you are confronted with a bed bug infestation, don’t make one of the avoidable mistakes below that so many have made before you.
Temporarily Staying At A Friends Home
They say you shouldn’t run away from your problems, and this is especially true when referring to bed bugs. Bed bugs are notorious for hiding in clothing and luggage to move easily from one home to another. If you make the mistake of moving to a friends house until the bed bug infestation is properly dealt with, there is a high chance that you will unintentionally bring some bed bugs with you. Even if you just bring one female, she can lay up to 6 eggs per day causing an infestation to occur at your friends house in no time.
Not only will you be potentially putting your friends home at risk, there is also a chance that some of the bed bugs will follow you back home as well, re-infesting your home too. So as you can see, temporarily relocating to a friend or family members home can unintentionally amplify the problem.
Instead of making this dreadful mistake, contact an experienced bed bug exterminator right away to give you proper instructions. After inspecting your home, the exterminator will come up with a detailed plan to eradicate all bed bugs from your home using an integrated pest management approach.
Sleeping In A Different Room
I get it, the thought of having bed bugs feed on your blood while you are asleep is not the most calming thought to have when you’re getting ready for bed. Unfortunately moving to another room of your home won’t help with this matter. Even though they are small creatures, they will eventually find you wherever you decide to sleep in your home. And since they don’t like travelling long distances, the bed bugs that do find you in the new room will choose hiding spots near their new feeding ground.
So now, instead of having a minor bed bug infestation confined only to your bedroom, you will have bed bug infestation which spread throughout your entire home. This means more work on your part and a higher cost for exterminating them.
Unfortunately one of the requirements of exterminating bed bugs from your home is to continue living with them until they are exterminated. It is just too risky to try getting away from them as you may be infesting a friends home or making your own infestation even worse. What you can do is try to minimize how many of them can bite you every night until extermination day by trying one of these tips:
- Tidy up your room keeping clutter to an absolute minimum. Bed bugs love hiding near your bed so if there is a pile of clothes they can hide in they will do just that. Eliminate these hiding spots and you should notice less frequent bed bug bites.
- Use bed bug traps to capture them on their way to their feeding ground, a.k.a. your body. A very easy do-it-yourself device consists of setting up a perimeter of double sided tape around the edges of your mattress. As the bed bugs makes their way over to you, most will get trapped by the tape.
Getting Rid Of Infested Furniture
One of the favorite hiding spots of bed bugs is in the seams of mattresses, couches and other furniture in the bedroom. When some people become aware of this their first reaction is to get rid of these pieces of furniture. This is a terrible mistake to make for two reasons:
- While moving the infested furniture through your home, there is a chance some bed bugs may escape and find a new hiding spot in your home, causing the infestation to spread deeper into your home.
- You will eventually need to replace this furniture which depending on what it is can be very costly.
This is a completely unnecessary thing to do because these items will be fully cleaned during the extermination process. Instead of throwing this furniture out you can quarantine the items with encasement’s that will trap the bed bugs until extermination day.
Taking Matters Into Your Own Hands
For the most part, Canadian household pests can be exterminated using do-it-yourself methods that you can find online or buy in stores. Unfortunately bed bugs are much more difficult to exterminate and in fact, trying these methods can be more troublesome than helpful.
Even if you find a do-it-yourself bed bug extermination method that seems legitimate we highly advise not to use it. As mentioned earlier, it takes a true professional with knowledge of bed bug behavior and the appropriate tools to fully eradicate your home of these awful pests. If you try to do it on your own and miss even just a few of their hiding spots, the remaining bed bugs will go into deeper hiding causing a more severe infestation in the long run.
The best thing to do with a bed bug infestation is to choose an experienced bed bug control company and trust in their abilities to make your problem disappear.