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How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs

There are few bugs that can torment a family or a business like bed bugs. These blood-eating pests can leave itchy, painful welts on the skin, and they are extremely difficult to get rid of. But, people try anyway. They get sprays, traps, and heaters, and follow online advice to fix the problem only to find out, after months of torment, that bed bugs are experts at avoiding danger. Do-it-yourself methods, even methods that are implemented by pest control companies, just don't work. They can make the problem worse, cause property damage, and sometimes lead to injury when products are not used properly. Please don't take matters into your own hands. If you're fighting bed bugs, call the bed bug control professionals here at American Pest Solutions. Here are some reasons bed bugs are incredibly difficult to get rid of, and how our team works to overcome these challenges.

Bed Bugs Don't Just Hide In Beds

Mattress and box spring encasements are an effective tool for containing bed bugs, but they often don't work by themselves. Bed bugs don't just live in beds. They can be in upholstered furniture, alarm clocks, computer systems, backboards, baseboards, outlets, wall voids, under carpets, and in other places. A bed is not a requirement for bed bugs to establish themselves, so treating your bed or throwing it out is not likely to solve your problem.

  • At American Pest Solutions, our team is educated in the habitat choices of bed bugs. We also employ bed bug-sniffing dogs to locate infestations. Dogs use their noses like x-ray vision. They can sniff through objects to detect bed bugs in all stages of development, even while they are still inside eggs. This helps us focus treatment on target locations where the bed bugs are living or hiding, and make sure bed bugs are gone when treatment is complete. While no inspection is 100% accurate, dogs are a powerful tool in the war on bed bugs.

Bed Bugs Avoid Threats

There are many chemical products that can kill bed bugs. If you spray these in your home or business, you should find some dead bugs in the morning. But, not only can chemicals be toxic when applied wrong, they often make the problem worse. Bed bugs have a natural threat avoidance. When they perceive danger, it can send them deep into walls to hide. This will have that bed bug infestation coming back to bite you over and over again.

  • At American Pest Solutions, our team is educated in the habits of bed bugs. They know how these pests react to treatments, and how quickly they can run to hide. Exit paths are blocked, and professional products are used for fast eradication.

Bed Bugs Are Experts At Hiding

It can be difficult to know for sure if all the bed bugs are gone, even for a professional. These bugs are tiny--as little as 1 mm--and they are able to get into places that are extremely hard to get at. After target areas are treated, bugs may come out of hidden locations that are deep in your walls, or from adjacent locations in the structure.

  • At American Pest Solutions, our team understands that fully ridding a structure of bed bugs requires multiple visits--typically three, within a period of a month. These return visits make sure that no bed bugs remain.

Bed Bugs Are Hitchhikers

Keeping bed bugs out of a home or business is nearly impossible. These bugs don't come in from the outside by squeezing through cracks in exterior walls. They are carried in by people. Therefore, controlling bed bugs is not possible with normal pest control measures. Ongoing inspections are necessary to quickly catch and arrest bed bug infestation before they develop.

  • K-9 Inspections make proactive bed bug control simple and fast. A K-9 Inspection team can move through a structure, room to room, very quickly, without disturbing the items in the rooms. For a hotel, motel, or apartment complex this inspection process is ideal. Not only is it non-invasive, but folks love seeing and petting the dogs.

When it comes to getting rid of bed bugs, it is never a good idea to fight these bugs on your own. Let the bed bed control experts at American Pest Solutions make sure all those bugs are completely gone.

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