Don’t Let The Bed Bugs Bite: What To Do If You Have Unwanted Overnight Guests
So, you’ve woken up to find that your worst nightmare has come true. You let the bed bugs bite.
You may have found literal bed bug bites on your body, or you may have noticed one or more of these small pests in your bedding. Either way, you’re now faced with the prospect of dealing with a bed bug infestation on your property. Now what? In this guide, our pest control professionals here at EcoClear Products will walk you through everything you need to do (and several things you shouldn’t do) to take care of a bed bug infestation in your home, apartment, or business. Read on to learn more, and shop eco-friendly insecticides with our team today!
Confirm That You Have Bed Bugs
Signs of a bed bug infestation on your property can be alarming, but common bed bug indicators don’t always signal the exact insect problem property owners think they do. If you’ve woken up with bumps, bight marks, or red spots, you may have been bitten by another species of insect. (You may also be having an allergic reaction to something else in your bedding.) If you’ve noticed one or several small, beetle-like insects in your sheets or on your mattress, these might very well be bed bugs. They also might be one of thousands of other insect species found in your area. To definitively determine whether the problem you’re facing is, in fact, a bed bug infestation, we highly-recommend scheduling an inspection with a professional in your area. (If you do happen to see bugs on your property, try catching one and sticking it to a piece of tape. You can bring this is into most local pest control businesses for species identification.)
How To Get Rid of Your Bed Bugs Infestation
Once you have determined that bed bugs are to blame for the infestation in your space, the next step is to exterminate them. When choosing your extermination option, you want to opt for a solution that’s both efficient and highly-effective. If you’re like most property owners, you probably also want your extermination solution to be affordable and eco-friendly. Sadly, not all extermination products on the market have these baseline benefits.
Bed bug heaters, perhaps the most effective of all bed bug exterminators, are often quite expensive and not practical for smaller spaces and budgets. Vacuums (whether store-bought or commercial-grade) may make a dent in infestations, but they often miss bed bugs hiding deep within cracks or fabric seams. Insecticides, the most popular bed bug treatments, often come with a host of environmentally-damaging side-effects. Recent research has also indicated that several bed bug species are becoming resistant to chemicals used in common insecticides. When faced with potential drawbacks such as these, you may very well have to look for an alternative treatment method to tackle your bed bug problem. At EcoClear Products, we have your solution.
How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs: Use EcoClear Products Stop Bugging Me!™ Sprays
If you’ve opted against using conventional products such as bed bug heaters, vacuums, or common insecticides to treat your bed bug infestation, you’ll still need to find a treatment solution that takes care of your pressing problem. In terms of affordability, eco-friendliness, and overall effectiveness, there are few better choices than products from our revolutionary Stop Bugging Me!™ product line here at EcoClear Products. For broad-spectrum bed bug treatment, we recommend Stop Bugging Me!™ Bed Bug Spray. For bed bug removal on clothes and other washable fabrics, we recommend Stop Bugging Me!™ Laundry Additive Concentrate. Click here for more information on how to use these anti-bed bug products.
Take Care of Your Belongings
If you’ve found bed bugs nesting in your indoor space, you may be tempted to remove your belongings to keep them from getting infested or damaged during treatment. In most cases, this is the wrong move. Bed bugs spread rather quickly, which means if you’ve found them in your bed or on your furniture, they’re more than likely already lurking in some of your clothes and other possessions. Taking these possessions outside or to another room will only allow lurking bed bugs to survive your treatment. When you put your belongings back, you’ll likely be putting a few bed bugs back with them. In a matter of days, you’ll have another full-scale infestation on your hands.
To avoid the above scenario from occurring, we recommend treating your belongings for bed bugs just like the rest of your space. Furniture, clothing, rugs, picture frames, books, and other common objects are all common hiding spots for bed bugs and should always be treated. Of course, you’ll need to pick a treatment method that won’t damage these belongings during the extermination process. Our Stop Bugging Me!™ products are 100%-safe to use with all fabrics and pose no health concerns for people or pets.
After treating your belongings, we recommend giving them a thorough wash is possible. This will remove stains and dead bugs and will leave your belongings feeling and looking fresh. To ensure that bed bugs are fully eliminated from smaller items, we recommended placing anything will fit into your dryer for a cycle on high. The heat will be more than enough to kill off any stragglers.
Cautionary Tips: What Not to Do When You Have Bed Bugs
We’ve touched all of the right moves to make when dealing with a bed bug infestation—now it’s time to go over what not to do. Read on for our list of bed bug infestation no-no’s.
Don’t: Sleep in Another Room or at a Friend’s House
If you’re like many property owners, your first instinct when faced with a bed bug infestation may be to cut and run. You might call up a friend and ask to sleep at his or her or house, or you might simply migrate to another room on your own property. Both are bad ideas. Why? By migrating in the midst of a bed bug infestation, you might just take a few hitchhiking bed bugs along with you. This can lead to infestations where you (or friends) least want them.
Don’t: Throw Items Away (Unless You Really Want To)
If you’ve found bed bugs on your belongings, you might be tempted to head straight for the dumpster. While throwing an item away may deal with bed bugs on that specific item, it won’t do a lot in solving your bed bug problem at large—plus, you’ll have lost a belonging for good. Before you start throwing items away, we encourage you to treat them like you would the rest of your space. You’ll be surprised at what you can quarantine and save. Products like our Stop Bugging Me!™ Laundry Additive Concentrate here at EcoClear Products can even remove set-in red marks and other bed bug-related stains.
While there are a number of DIY remedies that show some promise in the area of bed bug extermination, the fact of the matter is that virtually all of these remedies are not nearly as effective as a professional solution. You’re more than welcome to tackle bed bug infestations without the help of an exterminator—just be sure to use products that actually work. Otherwise, you’ll likely be letting the bed bugs bite night after night.
Learn More about How To Get Rid of Bed Bugs
Want to learn more about how to deal with a bed bug infestation on your property? Our professionals here at EcoClear Products would love to help you out. Contact us directly to get in touch with a member of our team, and use our Store Locator to find a Stop Bugging Me!™ retailer near you.
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