Bed bugs are flat, reddish insects resembling a small apple seed. Like their name suggests, they mainly reside in beds, but can also be found on furniture, in the carpet, behind baseboards, and even in electrical outlets. Store shelves are full of “bed bug killers” and hazardous sprays claiming they can get rid of a bed bug infestation. There are a few issues with this, but the main issue is that bed bugs are crafty and they like to hide deep within box springs and mattresses where normal insecticides cannot penetrate. This means you may have just sprayed your bed with chemicals with no real results. While the average homeowner can handle spraying some pesticides around the house to get rid of the occasional bug (though, we’d love to expertly perform this service for you), bed bug removal truly requires a professional touch. We work with pesticides and other chemicals every day, and know how to use them without posing a threat to you, your family, or your pets. Keep reading to learn more about our bed bug treatment options!
Signs Of Bed Bugs
Bed bugs usually hide during the day, and come out to feast on your blood as you sleep — now you know why your parents always said, “Don’t let the bed bugs bite!” While bed bugs are not known to carry or transmit diseases like some other blood-sucking bugs, they can cause itchy, red rashes or hives and will continue to multiply until the infestation is killed off. Signs of bed bugs can include actually seeing the little creatures, finding rusty-red stains on the mattress or sheets, or spotting bed bug excrement that looks like a tiny dark brown or red dot, which may bleed into the mattress or sheets like a marker.
Pesticides Versus Heat Treatment For Bed Bugs
Pesticides and heat can both be used to kill bed bugs, but heat is by far the most effective option. After decades and decades of killing bed bugs with pesticides, the adaptive little pests have become resistant to many over-the-counter pesticides. Additionally, chemical pesticides often have no effect on eggs, meaning wiping out one generation of bed bugs might leave you with a new generation that will hatch in a couple days.
To make matters worse, pesticides cannot always reach the bed bugs, as they often hide in small nooks and crannies. Pesticides can also be harmful to humans, and because bed bugs like to hang out where you sleep, it is not advised to sleep on a mattress that has been treated with pesticides. In fact, this can even be detrimental to your health, causing both immediate effects and delayed effects that might show up years later.
At Death Row Pest Management, we offer heat treatment for bed bugs. Bed bugs will die at temperatures above 117 degrees Fahrenheit, so bed bug heat treatments consist of heating the infested room above that temperature using special equipment.
If Heat Isn’t Enough For Bed Bug Control
Your pest management expert will identify if you do, in fact, have a bed bug infestation and determine the best course of action. If heat treatments are determined to not be enough, they can identify other means of bed bug removal. The exterminators at Death Row Pest Management are experts in the field, and can use safe methods to get rid of bed bugs. It is never recommended that you spray your furniture and beds with over-the-counter insecticides or bed bug sprays, as these can have adverse health effects if not used correctly. At the end of the day, it is our job to get rid of bed bugs in your home, and we have the equipment, experience, and skills needed to get rid of a problem for good.
For bed bug treatment in Burbank, Ventura, Calabasas, Malibu, and all of the greater Los Angeles area, get in touch with Death Row Pest Management today!