Bed bugs are a touchy subject. Not too long ago the nighttime saying “Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite” was just that, a saying! Now it’s an awful truth for hundreds of thousands of American families dealing with bed bugs. According to the 2011 Bed Bugs in America Survey, “One out of five Americans has had a bed bug infestation”. This means 20% of Americans have had a bed bug problem, making it a serious issue that needs to be talked about.
Unfortunately, the small amount of talk about bed bugs that is shared amongst Americans has to do with bed bug control. Many people are uneducated about bed bugs and so they spread false information about the control of them. From this, the most harmful information about bed bug control has arisen: The idea that you can get rid of them yourself!
The only way to be rid of bed bugs is by calling in a trained, well-educated professional pest control company.
Money is tight for a lot of people these days, that’s understandable. However, this leads people to try all kinds of DIY bed bug control which in the end, never fully eradicates the problem. I have heard many people recommend things such as using store-bought bed bug foggers or spraying 90% alcohol in the home. While this may kill some of the bugs, it will not penetrate the bed bug eggs in any circumstances, which are incredibly strong and resilient. In other words, if you try something such as alcohol for your bed bug problem, they may disappear for a short time, but you are guaranteed to see them again in a month or so, as the eggs hatch and the babies grow into full-fledged adult bed bugs again.
By attempting DIY pest control like this, you are actually wasting your money and prolonging your family’s struggle with your bed bug problem. You are also endangering others by harvesting bed bugs in your home, possibly transferring them to your children’s schools and day cares and friends homes, further worsening the bed bug problem in America. If we ever hope to rid American homes of bed bugs, responsible actions must be taken by the owners of bed bug infested homes by hiring a reputable pest control expert to take care of the problem. Remember, you are not alone in your problem, and a quality pest control company is waiting to help you take care of the bed bugs using tested methods. Make an appointment as soon as you can for a consultation and be rid of your problem once and for all.