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How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs

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Before we get into, "How to get rid of bed bugs," it is important that you understand what you're up against. Imagine taking a team of trained Navy Seals back in time to fight a battle against an elite Roman legion. Who do you think would win? While the Roman army was a terror in its age, we've learned a few things since then. Not only are Navy Seals superior in technology, they are superior in strategy. Knowledge is the strongest of weapons. Okay. So, what does this have to do with bed bugs?

Bed bugs have been around for a really long time. They have been dwelling almost exclusively with humans since the dawn of time. These are not novice bugs. They are experts at avoiding detection and avoiding our efforts to exterminate them. If you lay down something that will kill them, you can expect that they will flee deep into your walls, and wait till the threat has passed. While this can sometimes make it seem as if pest control measures were successful, it only produces a lull in bite events.

Bed bugs don't just have knowledge and experience, they can also develop superior technology. Studies have shown that these pests are able to adapt to chemical threats by producing a cuticle (shell) that is chemical resistant. Bed bugs go through 5 instars. Between each instar they shed their cuticle. When the new cuticle forms, it can be stronger than the last. If you try to use chemicals on these bugs, you need to be sure you get them the first time. This requires an education in pest control measures, as well as pesticide safety.

What YOU Can Do To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs

  • Avoid using traps, pesticides, borax, and other products to kill bed bugs. This includes heating your home or apartment up. DIY heat treatments can end with the loss of life and property. Plus, you are not likely to get rid of a bed bug infestation with these pest control methods. In fact, it is more likely to lengthen your infestation period by driving the bugs deep into hard-to-reach places. An adult bed bug can live many months without a blood meal. These pests are more than capable of waiting for you to grow tired of laying down pest control products.

  • Use encasements on your mattress and box spring to seal bed bugs in and keep new bed bugs from getting in. If your infestation is isolated to your mattress or box spring, this can arrest your issue immediately.

  • If you go on a trip and bed bugs are discovered, it is possible to get rid of them before they infest your home. Wash all your clothing on the hottest temperature. This will kill bed bugs in all stages of development. Inspect your luggage, bags, electronics, and belongings for signs of black feces, blood stains, insect casings, or bugs. If you want to be sure these items are free of bed bugs, have them checked by a professional pest controller.

What We Can Do To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs

The best way to get rid of bed bugs is to have a professional eradicate them. At Moyer, we use a combination of methods to ensure complete extermination. Here's how we do it.

Inspection: Effective bed bug control begins and ends with a good inspection. That is why we employ K-9 Bed Bug Inspectors. Dog inspectors are not only faster than human inspectors, they can move through a room without disturbing the items in the room. This allows our team to target areas of infestation, and make sure no bed bugs remain once treatment is done.

Heat Treatment: Our bed bug team uses heat to destroy bed bugs. When administered by a certified professional, heat is entirely safe, and extremely effective, since it is able to radiate through walls and get deep into mattresses, box springs, electronics, upholstered furniture, and other objects bed bugs hide inside. Heat is also able to kill pesticide-resistant bugs, and is flexible enough to be used for an entire structure or focused locations within.

If you're fighting bed bugs, and you are in our Pennsylvania service area, let Moyer Pest Control ensure that all of those bugs are destroyed. This is one pest problem you can live without.

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