Got bed bugs? Don't Panic. Your bed bug pest control answers are all right here. Whether you do it yourself or hire an exterminator, there are things you need to know. So let's get started!
If you're crunched for time... Bed Bug Pest Control DOs and DON'Ts is a good place to start. It covers the basics - including the one thing you might be tempted to do that will definitely make matters worse.
Okay, so you have bedbugs and need to get rid of them. First thing first. Let's clear up a dangerous misconception...
The truth is there is no secret home remedy, no one-step solution, and no silver bullet that gets rid of bed bugs. You should run away fast from any product that makes that claim. Sorry folks, that's just reality. Besides that, there's a lot of bad (even dangerous) information floating around out there – especially on YouTube.
I understand that you're desperate to get rid of them now. Believe me, I've been there myself. But so many things can make the situation so much worse. So please, take the time to get educated - before you do anything.
Most importantly, don't use a bed bug fogger (bug bomb) under any circumstances! If you are at all tempted to go this route, please read 3 reasons they don't work and 5 ways they make harder to get rid of bed bugs. In fact, I suggest you read it anyway. Then educate everyone you know.
To be successful at getting rid of bed bugs you are going to have to take an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach. That means using a number of methods and tools together to get the job done in a way that poses the least risk to you.
Which tools and methods? Well, that depends on your situation: the level of infestation you're dealing with, whether you have children/pets, and what your budget looks like. Not to mention any health and environmental concerns you may have about using certain chemicals...
I wholeheartedly recommend using an exterminator if you can find any way to afford that. In the long run, it will probably save you time and money, not to mention some sleepless nights. But...and this is a BIG but...bed bugs are a relatively new problem (at least in recent history) and many exterminators are not well trained or experienced with this particular pest.
Getting rid of bed bugs is different that most other insects and most of the strategies that work on other bugs don't work on bedbugs. So you need to find the right pest control specialist to get the job done right - especially if you're shelling out big bucks for their services. Learn how in the Exterminator section.
This video from the University of Maryland is a good introduction to the bed bug pest control concepts that will be covered in the section of the site.
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