When it comes to dealing with bed bugs, there are a lot of things to worry about. First, you have to worry about having an infestation in the first place, then you have to worry about getting rid of it, and finally, you have to worry about the treatment causing damage to your home. To ease your concerns, we'll walk you through what you should and shouldn't be worried about when it comes to bed bug treatments.
DIY Bed Bug Treatments
If you're thinking about using Google to find do-it-yourself solutions for a bed bug problem, you may want to rethink that. Although some natural remedies may work temporarily, many can cause lasting damage to your home. For instance, while steam can be effective for spot treatments and soft furnishings, it's not suitable for eliminating an infestation. At best, bed bugs will survive and reinfest your home, and at worst, you may damage your walls and furniture. Similarly, using turmeric may not be an effective method for killing bed bugs. Some sites recommend encasing your mattress in turmeric to "deprive them of oxygen," but this method isn't guaranteed to work, and your home may end up stained orange-yellow. You will end up with a huge mess, and still have to deal with bed bugs.
So what would the Professionals say are your best options? Are Chemical Treatments safe for your home?
Chemical Bed Bug Treatments
Using chemical treatment to get rid of bed bugs can be harmful to your health and the environment. This process involves spreading toxic chemicals throughout your home, which can be dangerous. In addition, many bed bugs have developed a resistance to these chemicals, making them less effective over time. While chemical treatment may not cause permanent damage, it is not a safe or highly effective way to eliminate bed bugs.
Heat Treatment for Bed Bugs
Is a bed bug Heat Treatment harmful to your home?
The answer is no. Unlike other forms of bed bug treatment, a heat treatment will not cause any damage to your home. The process simply involves increasing the temperature inside your home to 49C (120F), which is hot enough to kill bed bugs and other pests, but not hot enough to cause any harm to your electronics or furnishings. However, you may need to remove perishables and pets from your home before the treatment. Once the treatment is complete, your home will be free of bed bugs, and there will be no damage left behind.
Although DIY and chemical treatments for bed bugs may result in property damage, professional heat treatments are guaranteed not to harm your belongings. Our team at Professional Pest Management are experts in bed bug Heat Treatments and will provide you with instructions on how to prepare for the treatment, ensuring that your home is left in the same condition as before, but without any bed bugs!
At first sign of bed bugs, contact us first. We can quickly determine if these pests are in fact bed bugs and get you a quote on the spot. We will work very hard for you to get you back to normal quickly.