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What To Do If You Find Bed Bugs In Your West Chester Home

September 17, 2018

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Do you have bed bugs? Would you know it if you did? Most people don't until it is too late. In other articles, we've talked about where you might find bed bugs in your West Chester home and what signs bed bugs leave behind. Today, we're going to focus on what you should do when bed bugs, or signs of bed bugs, appear.

When signs of a bed bug infestation appear or bed bug bites become noticeable, it can drive people to do some pretty crazy things. They throw their beds and mattresses out. They clean the house from top to bottom--and then go to the internet for DIY-bed-bug tips. Sadly, none of these are likely to get rid of a bed bug infestation.

  • Bed bugs don't live only in beds. They can live inside furniture, behind baseboards, inside wall voids, behind crown molding, underneath carpets, and more. They are also likely to be inside luggage and bags used for a recent trip. Throwing your bed out isn't likely to stop your infestation. And, throwing out a bed bug-infested bed may spread an infestation to someone else.

  • When bed bugs appear, it is a good idea to clean all your clothes and bedding on the hottest temperature; this will kill bed bugs in all stages of development and may reduce the number of bugs. But vacuuming your rugs, cleaning baseboards, and other general cleaning, will do nothing to affect the bed bug population in your home, or arrest an infestation.

  • Bed bugs are wired to avoid extermination. They have been dwelling with humans since the dawn of time. You're going to have a hard time getting rid of them with the DIY strategies found on the internet. Here are a few reasons DIY bed bug control doesn't work.

What should you do?

If you find bed bugs or bed bug eggs in a piece of luggage, a sleeping bag, clothing, or some other item brought into the house, wash the item in hot water or apply rubbing alcohol to kill these insects on contact. This might prevent an infestation from taking root. If you find evidence of an infestation inside your home, contact a professional that offers K9 bed bug inspections. This is a fast and efficient way to find out how extensive your bed bug problem is. Your licensed pest control technician can also tell you what is needed to fully eliminate the infestation.

For bed bug problems in Pennsylvania, call on the professionals at Moyer Pest Control.

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