Bed bug infestations can happen to anyone! This pest is an excellent hitchhiker. It loves to hide in the smallest nooks and crannies, whether that be in furniture, or other items throughout a living space. They can latch onto your clothes or even crawl into your bags. Many people want to sleep in another bed, or even go to a hotel once the pests have been identified. However, this is the worst thing to do. By leaving your own bed, the bugs will seek new places to live, leading to a larger infestation and spreading themselves throughout your home (or beyond), causing an even larger headache and expense.
Concerning facts: bed bugs can live up to three months with no food. More than 10,000 bed bugs can live in a single colony.
If there is anything positive about bed bugs at all it is the fact that in the wild bed bugs have not been shown to transmit any disease. The CDC has shown large infestations can lead to blood loss, but despite public opinions, they do not actually spread disease.
Short Term Solution
Some simple things you can do to slow the infestation before we get to your home:
Visit a local store to pick up a bed-bug certified mattress protector.
There are bug sprays that will be a very short-term fix to spray directly toward insects. This will only control those that come into contact directly with the material. Due to resistance, these materials will most likely not kill all pests, due to resistance to pesticides.
Vacuum your mattress and box springs the best you can. Also, vacuum all cracks and crevices around your bed, and behind the furniture. Pull each piece away from the wall for maximum relief.
Next, put your new mattress protector on both the box springs and mattress. Empty canister or throw away bag when done. NOTE: This will not kill the pests, but trap them in the mattress or boxspring so they cannot feed or spread.
Now, put your sheets in the dryer on high heat for 20 minutes. Then wash them in hot water, soap, and dry on high heat.
American Pest Long Lasting Solution
We can determine the size of infestation and pest control needs of your home with a free, no-cost, no obligation 20-minute pest audit.
Severe infestations need maximum treatment. We always look for permanent solutions to the problem at hand. Treatment could include wall void applications, vacuuming, targeted crack and crevice applications on your bed and furniture, heat treatments, installation of mattress and box spring covers, and follow up inspections.
After your initial treatment, preventative maintenance (performed every other week, monthly, quarterly, or semiannually) may be necessary to keep the pests out of your home for good.