Why DIY Bed Bug Removal is Not the Best Option

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Why you should not attempt DIY bed bug removal.

The unfortunate truth is that millions of homeowners every year must deal with bed bug extermination because these insects have found their way inside. As far as the need for residential pest control services goes, it’s one situation where you definitely don’t want to hesitate.

Given the nature of bed bugs, many homeowners will attempt DIY bed bug removal. This is an understandable response, because waking up with red, itchy skin after a nightly feeding is extremely unpleasant. However, trying to get rid of bed bugs on your own is a mistake, and we’re here to explain why.

Homeowners Often Just Spray Insecticide

Many people believe the best way to get rid of bed bugs is to reach for the closest insect spray. After all, that’s how they’ve been taught to deal with everything from a cockroach sighting to an ant infestation. With bed bugs, however, grabbing a chemical spray and squirting it around everywhere won’t do you any good at all. The most you may achieve is to kill just a few of them without dealing with the whole bed bug population on your property.

Bed Bugs Are Exceptional at Hiding

The biggest reason DIY bed bug removal doesn’t work is that bed bugs are masters at hiding. These insects are quite small and flat, which enables them to fit into all the nooks and crannies in your furniture, the walls, and even inside electrical outlets. It wouldn’t be surprising for a homeowner to spend weeks trying to kill all the bedbugs in a single piece of furniture and still find themselves getting bitten at night.

The Infestation Will Get Much Worse

Like most insects, bed bugs breed rapidly. In fact, you can experience many bed bugs in a matter of weeks if a pregnant bed bug gets inside your home. The last thing you want is to attempt a do-it-yourself solution that takes weeks or even months to carry out because all you’re doing is increasing the chances that a handful of bed bugs will turn into an infestation or that your current infestation will get much, much worse.

Chemicals Can Hurt Household Members

As previously stated, the go-to way to get rid of insects has typically been to spray chemicals around the home. While this has been an effective treatment for decades, it’s also harmful for those living in the household. Even a small amount of chemicals entering the home’s air can severely hurt your household’s indoor air quality. Even if the toxicity level isn’t high, this can cause respiratory issues or worsen the effects of those who already suffer from ailments such as allergies or asthma.

DIY Heat Treatments Are a Bad Idea

Many homeowners have learned that hiring a professional to come in and perform a bed bug heat treatment is the best way to get rid of these annoying insects. The problem is that homeowners aren’t trained in the proper way to safely raise the temperature of the entire home with the use of strategically placed heaters. This DIY bed bug removal attempt can put your home in danger of a fire because of inadequately controlled sources of heat, especially when unknowingly placed near flammable materials.

Professionals Are Organized and Precise

By and large, the best way to get rid of bed bugs is through the use of professional bed bug services. Seasoned exterminators with experience in eliminating bed bugs will take care of the problem quickly and efficiently. They possess the proper knowledge and equipment to remove the threat with a single heat treatment. Their methods will target bed bugs at all stages of development, including the adults, larvae, and eggs.

Contact McDonald Pest Control for Proper Bed Bug Extermination

As you can see, DIY bed bug removal is the wrong way to do things. Instead, put your trust in McDonald Pest Control and our effective bed bug heat treatment. If you have any questions about this or any other pest control services, contact us by calling (727) 734-0963 to schedule a no-cost consultation.