What NOT to Do If You Have Bed Bugs

Adult bed bug that is engorged with blood. It is dark maroon colored and rounded.
Engorged, adult Bed Bug

Discovering bed bugs in your home, and most likely your bed, can be a very disturbing moment and we want to help you know what NOT to do if you have bed bugs. Knowing what not to do is equally as important as knowing what to do. Usually, people call for help after the bed bug problem has been going on for much too long. Some folks often try to treat the problem themselves before they call a professional. Usually this can be very stressful, emotional, and financially draining. Often, the attempt to get rid of bed bugs ends in failure. You are not alone if you have failed. Don’t Throw Out Your Belongings and Disrupt Your Life

Bed bugs, skins, and eggs on the under side of mattress piping
Bed Bugs, skins, and eggs on the bottom of a mattress.

If You Have Bed Bugs..

Bed bugs are becoming much more common in homes. They are easily spread by human integration and are distributed across the entire United States. You do not need to feel ashamed or embarrassed if you or a loved one have these bugs. They are not a sign of an unclean home or a reflection of your character.

You don’t need to panic. You certainly don’t need to throw any furniture away and disrupt your lifestyle. Many people want to get rid of the affected furniture or stop using it. This will not get rid of the infestation. In fact, it can actually cause the bed bugs to spread throughout the home, which will make treatment and eradication more complicated. Due to bed bug resistance to chemical treatment and a cryptic lifestyle, most people are not able to get rid of bed bugs with do-it-yourself treatments. The best response to a bed bug infestation is to contact a qualified pest control professional.

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Avoid Self-treatment

Patton Termite & Pest Control technician inspecting box springs with flashlight and treating it with chemical
Professional treating the underside of box springs for bed bugs.

Most over the counter products are ineffective. Bug bombs, foggers, and other products you can buy at the store can pose a significant hazard and provide little to no relief. These products cause the bed bugs to spread into other parts of the home and hide in unusual places. Although you may be successful at killing a few of the adults, but you are not really eliminating the infestation. It is critical to zero out the population. Many over the counter products do not eliminate the problem but rather push the them to other rooms of the house.

If one pregnant female successfully moves to another part of the house, you can cause lingering infestations. Patton Termite & Pest Control is trained and licensed to use materials designed and tested with the purpose of eradicating bed bugs. Knowledge, training, and the proper materials, which most people lack, are critical to eliminating the problem.

Price Matters

Don’t settle for the cheapest prices on the market. Quality service is the best investment you can make when it comes to bed bugs. At Patton Termite & Pest Control we are generally not your cheapest solution. We understand “you get what you pay for”. We will assess your situation and work with you to develop a reasonable price for a treatment program that will be successful. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. You aren’t just paying for the treatment, but the knowledge and care that comes from a true professional. Bed bug eradication is a job that you want to have done right the first time.

In the End, Trust a Professional

Patton Termite & Pest Control technician treating a mattress for bed bugs using steam
Technician implementing steam treatment for Bed Bugs.

Bed bugs are an incredibly difficult pest to control. The risk of having them introduced into your home is very high. After they’ve established a population in your home, it is easy for them to spread. It takes an experienced professional to get rid of them. In the end, ask for help. Patton Termite & Pest Control is here to help you every step of the way. From beginning identification to successful treatments, we are here to help. You don’t have to take it on by yourself. Therefore, use your experience with bed bugs to learn. Arm yourself with the knowledge you gained to be vigilant and prevent future infestations.

Contact us if you have any questions or would like to get started with service! 316-773-3825.