The Worst Advice You Can Hear About Bed Bug Control For Your New Jersey Home

April 30, 2020

Hold on. Did we just say, worst advice? Why would you want to know the worst advice you can hear about bed bug control? Because there is a lot of information on the internet that can steer you in the wrong direction when it comes to bed bug infestations. At best, you'll waste a lot of time and money and have these blood eating pests continue to torment you. At worst, you could set fire to your home as some have done. This can lead to a catastrophic loss of life and property.

bed bug on carpet

Bad Tip #1: Throw Your Bed Out

If someone tells you to throw your bed out, even if it is a professional, don't do it. It is highly unlikely that this will get rid of your infestation. Bed bugs don't just live in beds. They can live in nightstands, electronics, chairs, couches, and other items in your home. They can also live under your carpets, behind your baseboards, inside your walls, and more.

Bad Tip #2: You Can Get Those Bugs With Natural Remedies

There are many clever and natural ways to stop pests and eliminate them from your home. This type of pest control is definitely the best way to go. Unfortunately, there is no clever or easy fix for bed bugs. Don't believe the claims that you can spray vinegar water all over your home and wipe bed bugs out, or that you can sprinkle a generous amount of diatomaceous earth on your floors to kill them. There are many treatments and traps that promise big results but don't deliver. We don't have time to go through all of them, but using these two examples will help to shed some light on the situation.

  • Vinegar can kill bed bugs on contact because it soaks them and dries them out. But spraying vinegar won't impact bed bugs. When it dries, it no longer has the ability to cling to bed bugs as they pass over treated areas.

  • Proponents of diatomaceous earth say that this powder acts as a natural desiccant. It slices through the exoskeleton of bed bugs that pass over it and they dehydrate and die. Can you kill a bed bug with it? Yes. If you set one on top of a pile. But these bugs work together to avoid areas that are hazardous and will not be easily eliminated with DE powder. 

Bad Tip #3: Spray Those Bugs Into Oblivion

If you get frustrated enough, you may turn to over-the-counter pest control sprays that promise to eliminate bed bugs. Sadly, these are going to do a better job of making you feel ill than eradicating the bed bugs in your home. There are many reasons for this. Here are a few:

Sprays are topical. They don't get deep into the places where bed bugs hide.

Bed bugs can become resistant to chemicals found in their environments. This is because they develop a new cuticle (skin) as they pass through each of their five instars.

As we mentioned above, bed bugs have natural behavior patterns that help them to avoid dangerous locations. They've been living almost exclusively with people since the beginning of recorded history. They're not easy to exterminate.

Bad Tip #4: Use Heat

An effective way to naturally exterminate bed bugs is with heat. But it is extremely difficult to raise the temperature of an entire structure to a level that will destroy bed bugs where they hide. So, not only is this treatment method not likely to work for you, it can potentially set a blaze inside your home.

What You Should Do About Bed Bugs

When you find these insects in your home, contact a licensed pest management professional. There is an established process for locating and eliminating bed bugs. When treatments are properly administered, all those bugs will be exterminated. For assistance with bed bug control in New Jersey, reach out to Amco Pest Solutions. We use industry-leading methods and products to get control of bed bugs infestations.

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