For homeowners that have never dealt with bed bug problems, it can be hard to fathom how difficult detecting an infestation is. Even when detected, over-the Counter treatments can often be ineffective. Furthermore, these pests quickly multiply rapidly, with female bugs laying up to five eggs in a single day under ideal conditions. Under normal indoor conditions and enough food supply, some bed bugs could easily turn a moderate bed bug infestation into an entire full-scale infestation of up to 10,000 insects in a matter of months.
This can make controlling an infestation a lengthy, drawn out battle that doesn’t always pay off. Even with the best efforts, an infestation that is confined to one room or building may take more time and patience than a more generalized bed bug infestation. If an infestation spreads to the other areas of your property, additional resources will need to be utilized to contain it. The good news is that using an all pest control system can help you solve moderate infestations quickly and efficiently.
Many homeowners are concerned about using chemical treatments on their own. After all, many people have been burned with insecticides when attempting to self-regulate an infestation. Fortunately, there are many non-chemical methods available for bed bug extermination that can be used in conjunction with conventional treatments. While the majority of these treatments require the use of insecticides, there are some that are safe and effective without the use of chemicals.
For many homeowners, it’s not only the danger posed by infestations, but the costs associated with them, that are most important. In some cases, a pest control technician may charge as much as three hundred dollars for one treatment. When using an integrated pest management system, bed bug exterminators may charge only a quarter of this price, sometimes even less. If an infestation is not a serious threat to health, and one could be remedied quickly and easily, then hourly rates for an integrated pest management system could be a better choice.
When dealing with a moderate infestation, such as bedbugs in sheets and pillowcases, you don’t necessarily need to use an exterminator. You can clean your home thoroughly in hot water, including washing carpets and furniture in hot water. Then, after vacuuming, soak items in disinfecting solution. Wipe down the area you cleaned in bleach, then wipe again with a disinfectant-saturated cloth. Leaving a light layer of soil on the carpet can discourage bugs from returning, while leaving a dehumidifier in the bedroom can keep the area cool and kill any bedbug eggs that happen to be left.
If you’re dealing with a severe infestation, including blood sucking insects in the mattress or upholstered furniture, you may want to call an exterminator. While there are commercial pest control products on the market for treating moderate bed bugs, these pesticides can often be hazardous and do more harm than good. They contain chemicals that may be carcinogenic and are also considered extremely dangerous for children to use. Although bed bugs aren’t considered dangerous, having a rash or an allergic reaction can be a concerning problem. By making sure that a pest control company uses natural methods, you can ensure that the infestation will be handled properly without putting yourself or family at risk.