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Do bed bug bombs work?
One of the most devastating and nausea-inducing pest control situations you will run across in Jerseyville, IL is a bed bug infestation. Just the thought of parasitic bugs feeding on your blood while you sleep is enough to send most homeowners into a panic. The temptation is to immediately run out and buy the most expensive bug spray and attempt to eradicate the problem the same day. Unfortunately, as most people come to find out, bed bugs can be one of the most difficult pests to kill off.
The Idea of the Bed Bug Bomb
Bed bug bombs are usually known as bed bug foggers. The idea is that setting off a fogger (or a few foggers if you have a large infestation) will conveniently kill the entire populace in one fell swoop and your problem is gone. In reality, bed bug foggers rarely eliminate an infestation, and most of the time you are simply wasting your money since studies have found that bed bugs have built a resistance to DDT, the main ingredient in most consumer foggers. In addition, foggers cannot reach the crevices that bed bugs hide in any way.
Standard bed bug bombs aren’t just ineffective in most cases, they can be dangerous. Using too many in an enclosed space carries the risk of explosion, hardly the best pest control solution for the normal homeowner.
Possible Solutions to Bed Bug Infestations
The list of solutions for your infestation usually involves recruiting a professional pest control company like Imel Pest Control. The reason is simple: professionals have the experience and the tools to deal with bed bugs in the most effective ways. Some of these methods include
- Heat treatments. Bed bugs can be killed by temperatures over 120 degrees F, but most people cannot raise the temperatures in their homes that high evenly throughout
- Pyrethrin sprays work, but only if you can treat the places that bed bugs go to hide, including the crevices in your couch, inside electrical boxes, behind molding, and even behind old wallpaper.
- Freezing temperatures. Yes, bed bugs will die in extreme cold, if it stays below freezing for a significant time period. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely you or your family would be willing to suffer in freezing conditions for up to three months.
For more information on how to rid your home of bed bugs and keep them away, give Imel Pest Control a call!
Here are some tips on checking for bed bugs
The prospect of sleeping in a home that’s infested with bed bugs is enough to freak anybody out. Bed bugs are tiny, barely visible bugs that feed on the blood of a host animal, usually a human. Additionally, bed bugs have the potential to cause sores on the body, and they can even spread disease. Many times, people catch bed bugs in a hotel room and unknowingly transfer them to their homes. However, you can prevent this by thoroughly checking your home and any other beds you stay in for these tiny creatures. Additionally, make sure you get help right away when you notice an infestation. Check these places for bed bugs:
Inspect the Bed
This is obvious, but you must inspect the entire bed for these bugs. They like to hide in the cracks and crevices, ready to jump out and make you a meal when the time is right. You should be checking the mattress, box spring, bed frame, headboard, sheets, pillows and anything else. Bed bug infested beds will have red, rusty looking spots from where the bugs have been feeding or where they have been smashed.
Inspect the other furniture
Bed bugs will travel from up to 20 ft. to feed on a host. Which means that bed bugs could be lurking in the chair in the corner, or even in the nightstand next to the bed. You’re still looking for rusty spots and the presence of the bugs here.
Check doors & window frames
Many times, bed bugs can travel through doors and window frames, through the small cracks that humans can’t see. If you see rusty spots by your doors or window frames, this is a sign that bed bugs are in the room or have been in the room, and you need to have it inspected before you go to sleep.
Check your Body
Unfortunately, one of the best ways to figure out whether or not you have bed bugs is to check your body. You’ll notice marks from where the bugs have been feeding on you. Additionally, if you notice any of these marks, it’s smart to notify a medical professional to figure out how you treat bed bug bites.
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Watch out for these pests this winter!
Finding a pest indoors is a nightmare scenario for some. Furthermore, some people believe that during winter, they’re safe from pests. However, this is not true. Some pests even prefer the winter months indoors because they don’t hibernate like some insect species. Unfortunately, you still may need pest treatments, even when there’s snow on the ground. Take a look at the following pests that could still be active in this area, even after the last leaf falls!
Two pests that love to take refuge inside of warm homes are mice and rats. Rodents have long, flexible bodies that can fit underneath doors, in between walls, in your HVAC system and almost anywhere else. Furthermore, they sneak out at night to feed on crumbs and other food they can get to. Fortunately, you can prevent mice and rats by cleaning up after yourself – give them nothing to eat and nowhere to stay!
The roach is another insect that you may find seeking a warm, dry area inside of your home. There are many species of roaches, but not all of them like the same conditions. You may find roaches in your pantry, bathroom, around your drains and other places. Call a pest professional if you have an infestation.
Considering they live most of their lives on the inside of homes, bed bugs can thrive in winter conditions. Additionally, you may carry them from a hotel to your home without ever even noticing it. Make sure to check your bed and hotel room carefully for bed bugs, and make sure you get any problems taken care of right away!
Spiders love to spend the winter in attics and basements where they can get away from the cold, damp conditions. This means be careful when sticking your nose into dark, hidden places where spiders like to hang out. You may get more than you bargained for!
Pest problems? Call Imel for a home that’s pest-free for the holidays!