One of the most common pest infestations that is among the most widely misunderstood is bed bug infestation. Bed bugs rapidly reproduce, turning a small problem into a significant infestation fairly quickly. Many homeowners don't realize how rapidly a bed bug problem can multiply nor how difficult these pests can be to remove. Here's a look at some of the things that your local pest control contractor wants you to know about dealing with a potential bed bug infestation.
They Aren't Impossible To See
Over time, bed bugs have gotten a reputation for being nearly microscopic, which really isn't the case. This reputation may have developed because of how well they hide, but the truth is that you shouldn't have any trouble seeing a bed bug with your naked eye, provided that you know where to look.
They Don't Just Hide In Your Bed
One of the most common bed bug misconceptions stems from their name itself. Despite the fact that they are called bed bugs, they don't stay exclusively in your bed. Yes, you can easily spot a bed bug problem if you know where to look in the right cracks and crevices of your mattress, but that is not the only place that you'll find them.
Bed bugs can hide in almost anywhere that there's a small crack or crevice. These bugs are tiny, so they can fit into even the smallest of places. In fact, you might find them underneath outlet covers, in the small gaps between the wall trim, and even in gaps and cracks of your bed frame. They'll hide all over your house, so it's important to be proactive about addressing the problem.
Spraying Your Rooms Won't Eliminate The Problem
You might think that you can just go to the store and buy a bug bomb or a spray to treat your rooms and get rid of a bed bug infestation. It's not that easy. In fact, most of the over-the-counter and retail pest control products just aren't enough to get rid of problems with bed bugs. Not to mention, some strains of bed bugs require different methods for elimination than others.
That's why you shouldn't try to handle the problem alone. Instead, reach out to a local pest control contractor for help. They have commercial-grade pesticides that can help to curb the infestation, plus they can help you with a solid action plan of treatments and mitigation efforts to ensure success.
Talk with a local pest control contractor today for more about this topic.