How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs in Your Home
Did you just wake up with itchy skin and don't know why? If the answer is yes, you might unfortunately be dealing with bed bugs. These pests can easily travel between rooms and buildings -- even being found in public places like airports, subways, etc. If you're dealing with a potential bed bug infestation, you probably have a ton of questions. The bed bug experts at Anti-Pesto will answer them all below!
Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation
A bed bug infestation is one of the worst experiences a homeowner can endure. These insects invade homes and reproduce fast -- often spreading to many rooms in a short amount of time. Effective bed bug control may seem impossible when it comes to a stubborn infestation, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. The first step in getting rid of bed bugs is to first confirm the presence of them. Many people get bed bugs and fleas confused since they both produce itchy bites, so before applying any treatments, you first want to make sure you're actually up against bed bugs. Do these signs of a bed bug infestation sound familiar?
- Dark, rust-colored stains on your bedding
- Fecal spots and egg shells on your mattress or bedding
- An unpleasant, musty odor coming from your bed
- Bug bites around your arms and shoulders
Get a Free Bed Bug Inspection in Tampa
If you have spotted any of these signs or have seen small brown-reddish, oval bugs crawling around your bed, there's a good chance you have an infestation. If you live in the Tampa Bay area and would like a free bed bug inspection, contact Anti-Pesto Bug Killers at 727-524-6333 and we can be at your home in no time.
How Do People Get Bed Bugs?
Often times, many people notice bed bugs after they've traveled somewhere. These pests can easily latch on to luggage when on the floor of a hotel, riding trains, buses, taxis, and more. Without noticing, many people bring these pests back home with them -- OR visitors bring them to your home. An easy way to avoid this is to check your belongings when you're traveling and check your guest's belongings before they come into your home.
When you're traveling, you should always inspect your hotel room or AirBnB for signs of bed bugs before settling in. Check the mattress, box spring, and bedding before you unpack, and if you notice anything funky, don't stay there! This simple precaution may save you from bringing a nasty bed bug infestation home. You should also always inspect your belongings before bringing them back into your home post-vacation.
Why are DIY Treatments Ineffective?
Getting rid of bed bugs on your own is hard. There's a few reasons for this: for one, bed bugs tend to hide in small crevices that spray devices can't reach. What ends up happening is people miss areas where bed bugs are hiding, and while they may eliminate some of the bed bug population, there are still plenty of bugs that are left alive. The ones that are left alive then lay eggs and reproduce fast, furthering the infestation.
Because bed bugs reproduce fast and spread easily, if you don't eliminate the infestation right away, they could spread to several areas of your home -- which ultimately makes professional treatment even more expensive. You'll actually likely save more money in the long run by letting a professional handle it from the get-go. Trust us on that!
How Professionals Eliminate Bed Bugs
If you notice an infestation, you should contact a professional bed bug exterminator immediately. There's a few different ways professionals eliminate bed bugs; these include:
Bed Bug Steamers: This strategy is rarely used as a standalone treatment. It is usually used in combination with pesticides. Steam uses heat to kill bedbugs and their eggs. Steam can effectively penetrate cloth surfaces and can be used on large items such as box springs, mattresses, and other types of furniture.
Bed Bug Vacuums: Although a regular vacuum can be used, there are bed bug vacuums that are manufactured specifically for dealing with bed bugs. These devices are very handy at dealing with larger adult bed bugs that can be seen, but not for bugs that aren’t visible or out in the open. These devices may leave bed bug eggs behind, so it may not be the most effective choice for complete bed bug control.
Chemical Treatments: Chemical treatments are often used only on small infestations that are easy to control. For full-blown infestations, chemical treatments are not nearly as effective. When using chemicals, there's also a good chance you will have to get rid of your belongings that the pesticides touch.
Heat Treatment: Heat is the most effective treatment option when it comes to eliminating bed bugs because these pesky little insects cannot survive temperatures over 120 degrees. Heat treatment options are best used by professionals because there are risks of fire when heating your home to such high temperatures. Even heating objects like suitcases and mattresses can cause serious fires if caution isn’t used. The best part about heat treatments? They don't use any pesticides whatsoever, and are completely family and pet-friendly.
We Get Rid of Bed Bugs Utilizing Heat
Here at Anti-Pesto, we utilize heat treatments to ensure complete bed bug elimination for our customers. Our technicians lock the heat in for 2-3 hours so it can penetrate every crack and crevice of the infected room, including the inside of your mattress. Our heat treatment eliminates bed bugs in every stage, from eggs to adults, making it an ideal option for homeowners who want the fastest relief possible. Not only does our heat treatment exterminate the entire population, but we do this with one single treatment!