At Himalaya Pest Control we specialize in the identification and removal of bed bugs and as such we often come across large infestations that could have been much less of a problem if the homeowner had not made a number of mistakes in trying to deal with them. Though plenty of information exists about bed bugs, people continue to have the same issues again and again. Avoid doing these common mistakes when trying to get rid of bed bugs:
- Trying an over-the-counter or DIY treatment. At this time, there exists NO chemical pesticide that completely eradicates a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs will simply relocate to another room in your house to avoid contact with pesticides spreading their infestation throughout your home. Only bed bug heat treatments performed by a licensed professional will result in the effective removal of bed bugs.
- Ignoring bug bites as inconsequential. Though bed bug bites can appear fairly small at first, don’t make the mistake of ignoring them or trying to explain them off as some other insect bite. When you notice three small bites in a row or line (breakfast, lunch and dinner) it is indicative of a bed bug infestation and by the time you’ve noticed bites, the infestation has grown and continues to do so every single day. A single bed bug can lay 5 to 7 eggs per day.
- Sleeping somewhere other than your bed. As creepy as it may feel, resulting in a not-very-good-night’s-sleep, sleeping in your own bed is imperative in keeping the infestation as isolated to one area as possible. Bed bugs know when and where you are sleeping by detecting the carbon dioxide you exhale in your sleep and will find you. And don’t be fooled into thinking that its just for a couple of nights until the pest control company. Bed bugs can move up to 30 feet in just 6 minutes. They will find a host to feed off of and they will do it quickly.
- Sleeping over a friend or family’s house. Staying at someone else’s home when you know that you have bed bugs is a good way to lose a friend. Bed bugs hitchhike in the hem and seams of your clothing and in the crevices of luggage and baggage. Do not be the one who brought the bed bugs.