Bedbugs are one of the most challenging pests to eliminate, mainly because they hide in hard to see or reach places and they reproduce rapidly within a short period. One female bedbug lays between 1 and 5 eggs every day and may lay up to 500 egg in its lifetime. Since they reproduce first and know how to hide in crevices, you may not know of their existence until they are overpopulated. If you suspect or notice a bedbug activity in your household, you need to act immediately. Procrastination will only make the problem worse.
You could choose to get rid of the bedbugs yourself, but you will need the right equipment and solutions to eliminate them. You may also let a bedbug control service handle the pest for you. The latter is the most convenient and efficient choice since they are experts. Please note that bedbugs are hard to eliminate; they hide so well and reproduce within a short time. Furthermore, the egg state is resistant to different kinds of treatment. A single attempt may not cut it. Your likelihood of exterminating them through DIY depends on a range of factors, including:
- Extent of infestation
- Site-specific challenges
- Neighbors with infestation
- The participation of other residents
Here are some tips for eliminating bedbugs from your home:
Identify the problem
If you suspect an outbreak, the first thing that you want to do is to inspect your household for bedbug activity. Assess your living areas to establish the extent of the infestation. It’s also important to identify the pest. If you aren’t sure, you can have a trained pest control expert help you determine that. If you have bedbugs and live in an apartment, inform your landlord because it’s possible for the surrounding units to have bugs too.
Come up with a strategy
Consider whether you want to DIY or call a professional. As stated earlier, working with an expert is the easiest way to get rid of bedbugs from your home. They have the right expertise, resources, and workforce to handle the task successfully. But if you choose to do it yourself, you may want to try the integrated pest management (IPM) techniques to cut down on the number of pests and also minimize your contact with pesticides. Removing clutter, regularly washing and heat-drying your beddings and other clothing that touches the floor as well as heating the room to 45°C (113°F can work the trick.
Keep the infestation from spreading
Place everything coming from the infested room in a plastic bag. Ideally, you should seal anything that cannot be treated and leave them for extended time for the bedbugs to die. No need to discard furniture if you can clear the bugs from it.
Call a professional
If all your attempts fail, the next best thing that you can do is to call a professional pest exterminator. Working with a reputable pest control expert can enhance your chances of success in eliminating the bedbugs. Just make sure that the company you are working with has a good reputation in the market.