Debunking Frequent Myths About Bed Bug Eradication In The Home

It can start out with just one bug accidentally packed home after an overnight stay at a hotel or a visit to a friend's home, but a bed bug problem can grow into an all-out terror in a short amount of time. You may think that bed bugs will never be a concern in your home, but these biting nocturnal critters can be found across the country, in all 50 states, and in some pretty unexpected places, such as movie theaters and medical facilities. If you do find bed bugs in your home, make sure you get some of the biggest myths about treatment out of the way right off the bat.

Myth: You can get rid of bed bugs easily with heat.

Fact: It is never recommended that you try heat treating methods to get rid of bed bugs in your home without the appropriate professional-quality equipment. Recently a New Jersey man actually burned down his house while using a blow dryer, portable heater, and a heat gun to try and eliminate a bed bug problem. Heat can kill bed bugs and their eggs, but attempting to eliminate the pests in this manner on your own can be incredibly dangerous. If you are interested in heat treatment methods, get in touch with a pest control company for advice.

Myth: All it takes is one treatment from a professional to get rid of bed bugs.

Fact: Bed bugs are some of the most stubborn pests to get rid of simply because they are so difficult to find. They commonly make their nests in soft furniture, like mattresses and sofas, and have a reputation for hiding out in baseboards, carpeting, and even behind wallpaper. When you have a professional come to your home for bed bug treatment, it is likely that they will have to return for several follow-up visits before the problem can be completely eradicated.

Myth: There is no reason to pay a pest control agent when you can get everything you need to kill bed bugs at the store.

Fact:  It is true that you can get your hands on some decent bed-bug-control products at just about any store. However, these products will rarely be as effective at warding off the bugs as professional-grade pesticides that are only available to those who have a professional certification in the industry. Some products, such as bed bug foggers, could actually make the issue worse by pushing the population farther out into the rest of the house. 

For more information, talk to a service for bed bug control in your area,