Many people tend to go for the most simple and fastest way to quickly reduce the number of bed bugs in the home. Instead of solving the problems, the “shortcut” of getting rid of bed bugs is often ineffective and even making the problem worse.
Bed bugs are one of the toughest pests to eliminate. They are very small, really good at hiding and the worse – can multiple quickly in short periods of time. We are generally unaware of having bed bug problems until the common signs can be seen, such as the appearance of bed bug bites and bloodstains on the mattress or sheets.
In this blog article, we are trying to tell you about the top 3 common mistakes people make when getting rid of bed bugs. Because it turns out that it’s very difficult to get rid of bed bugs on your own!
1. Using home remedies to get rid of bed bugs
It is no secret that no one wants a bed bug infestation in their home. Yet, more often than not, many homeowners prefer to use home remedies to deal with the infestation before contacting a pest control professional.
The reason is quite simple. Home remedies to get rid of bed bugs look inexpensive and easy to come by. But do home remedies for bed bugs work as it seems?. Unfortunately, the answer is no.
Getting rid of bed bugs with natural or home remedies sounds too good to be true. Using home remedies on the spot where adult bed bugs can be seen is very unlikely to completely eliminate the problem. Home remedies provide only what is termed as a “contact kill’. It may only kill the visible adult bed bugs you see, but not the one that is hidden in hard-to-reach places.
Additionally, there is also no scientific evidence that home remedies could kill nor prevent bed bugs. This is especially if you’re facing a severe or high-level of bed bug infestation.
Among many natural or home remedies, these are the most popular by many Indonesians, including:
- Baking soda
If you are still using one of the abovementioned home remedies to get rid of bed bugs, now is the perfect time to lay it off!
2. Removing bed bugs only with a vacuum cleaner
Vacuuming is very easy to do and turns out to be a recommended precautionary action in preventing bed bugs. Because in fact, doing regular vacuuming in the areas which are more likely to have bed bugs will greatly help to reduce the number of visible bed bugs.
Bed bugs prefer to live and/or hide close to where people sleep, rest, or sit for a long period. Thus, places like beds, sofa, and other sleeping and resting areas should not be overlooked while doing vacuum cleaning.
Does vacuuming remove bed bugs completely?
Although it’s a recommended preventive measure, vacuuming alone will not be enough or not 100% effective to remove bed bugs completely.
First, bed bugs are very small and tend to hide in protected hard-to-reach areas, such as cracks and crevices in furniture or walls. Unfortunately, the common vacuum cleaners are unable to reach and remove all the hidden bed bugs inside the cracks and crevices.
Second, you need to know that bed bug eggs are sticky and adhere tightly to surfaces. Thus, although vacuum may remove many bed bug adults and nymphs, vacuuming will likely not remove the bed bug eggs. It’s mainly because bed bug’s eggs are very difficult to remove only with a vacuum cleaner.
Third and last, vacuuming does help you to remove bed bugs but it doesn’t mean that you instantly getting rid of bed bugs. What you’re actually doing is to suck up the visible bed bugs and make them trapped inside the vacuum cleaner tools. Bed bugs are pretty nimble to escape through the vacuum hose and still survive inside the vacuum for months even without food!
3. Trying to get rid of bed bugs without an exterminator
As we already stated at the beginning of the articles, bed bugs are extremely difficult to get rid of. This is especially if you’re trying to get rid of them on your own without any experience or knowledge about this blood-sucking insect.
No matter how often you use home remedies or vacuuming your house, bed bugs can come back to haunt you and your family. Why so? This is because in fact perhaps you never really completely get rid of them (not even their eggs).
Some prevention measures like vacuuming and washing bedding in high temperatures could be great to reduce the number of adult bed bugs – but it’s not enough. The key to getting rid of bed bugs effectively is by eliminating their life stages from the eggs to adults. And this is something you can do without the help of a professional bed bug exterminator.
With the help of the professionals, you’re not only able to get rid of the adult bed bugs so they can’t grow and lay the eggs; but also the eggs that are often left behind during the cleaning process.
How to get rid of bed bugs permanently?
Getting rid of bed bugs can be tough, but it doesn’t mean it’s impossible to do!
Rentokil is the expert in bed bug control and bed bug removal service for homes across Indonesia. We provide the most effective bed bug treatment to eliminate bed bugs at every stage of the life cycle (eggs to adults).
Rentokil bed bug treatment options are including:
- Residual spray – using hand sprayer to targeting at points that have been identified with bed bugs infestation
- Cold fogging – complete spraying methods to reach places that are not covered by the residual spraying process
- Steamer – the high temperatures produced by portable steam units are more than sufficient to kill bed bugs and their eggs upon contact
Don’t waste your time! If you suspect that you may have a bed bug infestation in your home, contact the bed bug experts at Rentokil by calling 150808 or filling in our online form to schedule a FREE bed bug inspection.