What is worse than having an infestation of insects that feed on you while you sleep? Spending lots of money to try and get rid of those insects only to have them continue to plague you with bites and many sleepless nights. Today, we're going to take a look at why DIY bed bug control often fails.
1. Bed Bugs Can Become Resistant To Chemicals
As a bed bug grows, it passes through 5 instars, each time, shedding its old cuticle (skin) and creating a new one. If a bed bug is exposed to chemicals in its environment, it can develop a new cuticle that is resistant to the chemicals it has come in contact with. DIY control can fail when the wrong products are used or administered incorrectly. This can happen over and over again as you attempt to try something else. Not only will this cost you time and money, it will make the bugs stronger.
2. Treating The Symptom
Many people turn to traps in order to stop a bed bug infestation. There are many traps that are capable of catching bed bugs. These vary in effectiveness from 100 percent effective to not effective at all. We're going to focus on the traps that actually get the job done. These traps often fail because they don't address the bed bugs that are hiding in your home. When you check these traps, you'll think you're winning the battle, but bed bugs have behavior patterns that outsmart those traps. There are many reasons but we will give you a couple that will give you an understanding of what you're up against.
Bed bugs don't feed at the same time.
When bed bugs go out to feed and don't return, the others know it.
Bed bugs will respond to a threat by avoiding areas where they're being eliminated.
If you want to get rid of bed bugs in your home, you need to eliminate them at their source. If you don't, they'll find ways to get a meal from you when you're not sleeping.
3. What Works May Not Work For You
Have you heard that you can kill bed bugs with heat? It's true. Heat is a natural way to exterminate these insects. But this method of treatment can be the most costly of all, and the results can be deadly. Some property owners have spent large sums of money purchasing space heaters or heat blowers with no successful results. Some people have attempted heat treatments and started a fire, resulting in property damage and a loss of life.
Why DIY heat treatments fail?
Raising the temperature of a structure to a level that kills bed bugs requires proper equipment and training. You can't just turn your oven on high and open the door. Not only is this dangerous, but bed bugs will just move away from the heat. You can't use steam vacs or blow dryers, bed bugs will flee to safety when these are improperly implemented. You can't put a heating unit in every room and cross your fingers. Bed bugs will find cold spots to hide from the heat. Heat must be applied systematically and strategically to ensure complete eradication.
Effective Bed Bug Control In Modesto
Before you waste money only to have ongoing torment from these blood-eating pests, reach out to Insect IQ. We know what is required to exterminate bed bugs. We'd be happy to sit down with you and discuss what would work best for your specific needs and budget. Request an inspection to get started.