The last few posts have been about bed bugs. We talk quite a bit about avoiding bed bugs. But what do you do if you didn’t manage to avoid them and now you have them. What is the scoop on bed bug treatment.
Bed Bugs Like to Hide
Many people try to handle bed beg treatment on their own. While you can vacuum and wipe and clean, the problem with bed bugs is that they will hide in small cracks and crevices that you can’t get into. One of their favorite hiding places is the crevice between the wall and the baseboard. So, if you try to do it yourself, keep in mind you will need to also be handy with a caulk gun to fill all the cracks and crevices in the room. You will also need to invest in a high quality steam cleaner.
You will also want to take apart all the furniture. I’ve so many stories of people finding them on top of the rails for the drawers in their dressers.
No EPA Registered Pesticide for Bed Bugs
No pesticide is registered with the EPA for bed bugs. There are many cedar oil companies that make claims about cedar oil and bed bugs, but none are EPA registered for bedbugs. The EPA only requires efficacy studies when the pest in question is a public health menace (bed bugs are annoying but not considered a public health risk). So, if you are trying to do it yourself, you are truly going it alone, with no government standards or studies to back you up.
How to Hire a Professional
If you want to hire a professional, take your time. Look for someone that practices Integrated Pest Management. Make sure they are licensed and ask for references. Ask if they provide a written inspection report. Avoid companies that quote one flat fee. Every home is different, every infestation is different, every bed bug treatment plan is different. Anybody that quotes flat fees isn’t taking into account these differences.
No Matter the Bed Bug Treatment Don’t Forget the Covers!
Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, they all agree that you must encase all bedding in zippered bed bug proof covers.
Bed bug proof covers should be constructed so that no bed bug can get out, no bed bug can get in, and the ones that are trapped in by the cover can’t feed through the fabric. Most dust mite covers that are marketed for bed bugs don’t meet this criteria. Ask if there are lab certifications for the covers you buy. A reputable dealer will have no problem with this request. We are so proud of our bed bug cover lab reports, we posted them on the web for everyone to see! Read lab results here.
I surely hope that you never need to put any of this information to use in your home.
Til Next Time!
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