How to Avoid Mistakes: Get Rid of Bed Bugs

How to Avoid Mistakes: Get Rid of Bed Bugs

Getting rid of bed bugs can seem difficult, but there are some big mistakes that you need to avoid to be successful.  We will lay out the steps to never skip when you think or know you have bed bugs in your home or apartment.


Bed Bugs are not seasonal and will be around winter, spring or summer.  These days populations are just rising and the number of infestations reported are rising and do not look like this will be slowing down any time soon.  Because of the high level of international travel and cohabitation, we need to know what to look for and how to address the infestation.


Unfortunately, they can turn up seemingly overnight – they breed quickly, and many sufferers go to bed perfectly healthy only to wake up to find that they’ve become a buffet for bugs! Your bed should be the place you go for comfort and warmth, not a place that causes you to wake up itchy and irritated.


You can always call an exterminator to get rid of bed bugs for you, but unfortunately, that’s the most expensive means of treating them. Luckily, there are a number of DIY products on the market – once you know how to kill bed bugs on your own, you’ll be free of worry.  Never a bad idea if you have had them or have frequent travelers visit to think about keeping some of this products on hand.


Mistakes to Avoid:

Proper identification:  

There are millions of images of bed bugs on line that you can view and you should make sure that the pest you suspect is the pest  you actually have.

Check the Mattress and Boxspring seams, pull those sheets off, get your flashlight and do an inspection.  Think Cracks and Crevices and close to the food source.


Don’t wait and hope this is going away, it is not going away.  They will not magically disappear and continue to breed and multiple.

Not Being Thorough:

Inspection is one of the most important part of the whole treatment, you need to be thorough in your inspection.  Taking the bed apart, bed frame, nightstands, headboard, lamps, picture frames, outlets. These all need to be inspected and the all need to be treated.


Do not forget about re-inspection and retreatment, this should happen at about 10-14 days after the initial treatment.  You will follow the same type of inspection protocol that you did at the beginning, looking for any survivors or maybe areas that were not treated to begin with.


Suspended concentrates like Suspend SC, Gentrol Aerosol, Microencapsulated treatments like Onslaught, and more – there are so many insecticide options that knock down and drag out these creatures as quickly as they came. These are great if bed bugs are already an issue as well as for preventative use. Most can be used indoors and outdoors.

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Steam Cleaners

There are special steam cleaners available made for the sole purpose of getting rid of bed bugs. It might be the option that make you feel the most safe if you want to directly treat your bed or couch, and they’re extremely effective!  Love, Love, Love Steamers! Work for more than bed bugs and if you happen to rent as a air B&B home or apartment, these are no brainers.


Preventative Methods for Travel

If you’re going on a trip and staying in a hotel, you might fear bringing the bad boys home with you. That’s why luggage sprays and mattress covers are available – to help you feel safe even when you’re not in your own home. If you’re sleeping in a foreign bed, it’s never a bad idea to use these.


Bed Bug Kits

There are kits available with everything you need to rid your home of bed bugs and provide residual, sustained control. Many people fear that they might not thoroughly treat the problems and the bed bugs will come back – and this is a legitimate concern. Any product that offers residual control is great for your peace of mind.  There are specific reasons why most companies will recommend a number of products and formulations, not all things work for all areas. Aerosol work great in tight spaces, dust are used in out of the way places, and certain sprays are labeled for use on mattress and furniture.

They’re not the worst thing in the world, but they’re most certainly something you can’t live with. Don’t let bed bugs take over your home – just determine which powerful product is best for your situation and take them on yourself!  You can get rid of bed bugs!

Of course if you are in the local Houston, TX area and need a treatment, then call us at Bugtime in Humble, TX.