There is an overwhelming amount of information about what to do when you have a bed bug problem. There are numerous bed bug remedies on the market that you can use to try to get rid of a bed bug infestation. |
Before you spend money and time on store-bought bed bug remedies, consider the following six limitations of DIY treatment of bed bugs.
If the label doesn't specifically mention that the product kills bed bugs, then it won't. Bed bugs are developing a resistance to the pesticides that have long been used to kill them, particularly pyrethrins, which are the active ingredient of most store-bought pesticides.
If you treat bed bugs with a pesticide to which they're resistant, you could actually make the problem worse because only the most-susceptible to the pesticide will die, leaving the "stronger" bed bugs to continue to reproduce. Incorrect use of pesticides—too much or too little—can cause health problems for humans and pets or render the treatment ineffective. Directions must be followed to the letter. Pesticide treatment for bed bugs requires tremendous thoroughness that most amateurs won't bring to the job. Bed bugs can hide in cracks the width of a credit card, and most people don't have the knowledge and tools necessary to locate all bed bugs in a residence. Therefore DIY treatment usually misses some of the bed bug hiding places. Adequate bed bug remedies must treat all places where bed bugs are living. Otherwise, you might make a temporary dent in the population, but they'll be back in big numbers again soon. Improper preparation can give bed bugs places to hide. If you don't clean up clutter and seal off cracks and crevices, bed bugs will move to a new hiding place to escape pesticides that are bothering them. Adequate treatment often involves follow-up treatment in a certain timeframe because many store-bought pesticides don't kill bed bug eggs.
Professional Bed Bug Remedies
Home residents are discouraged from attempting to treat bed bugs themselves. The insecticides available in over-the-counter products are not effective in controlling bed bugs.
Although home residents are discouraged from trying to treat bed bugs themselves, if you should decide to use a pesticide, it is very important to carefully to read and understand the label before using and to follow all label directions. The product you intend to use should be labeled for bed bugs.
While the urge to do-it-yourself is laudable, when it comes to bed bug remedies, it's usually most effective—in terms of eradication and of cost—to have a professional pest control specialist to find all the places where bed bugs are living and to safely use pesticides that are known to still be working on bed bugs.
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