It's easy to say "getting rid of bed bugs is hard." But how hard is it, exactly? What does a pest control professional actually have to do to get rid of bed bugs? The process is straightforward, but time-consuming and difficult. Here is a guide to what happens in a bed bug treatment.
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
If you suspect you have bed bugs at home, step no. 1 is simple: do nothing! Then call us at (425) 482-2100 to come inspect the problem. It is easy to inadvertently spread bed bugs from one room to another in your house. The all-important first step in getting rid of bed bugs is to contain the infestation, so don't do anything (including moving furniture, taking out laundry or garbage, throwing away clothes or the like) until one of our professionals has inspected your home. You may find these "10 signs of a bedbug infestation" helpful.
Once a pest control expert is at your home, here's what he or she will undertake to diagnose and treat a bed bug infestation:
- A thorough, top-to-bottom inspection. A pest control specialist will inspect the entire affected space -- that means every item and surface in the space, over several hours. Wall crevices; baseboards; edges of wallpaper; every nook an cranny of furniture; clothes, shoes and accessories; inside all dressers and tables, including the undersides and backs of drawers -- this is just the beginning of what will be inspected. Essentially, every centimeter of surface area in the affected space must be inspected.
- Remove as many bugs and eggs as possible. Bed bugs are hard to kill and easy to miss with chemical treatments. That's why it is so important to physically remove as many of them as possible, using a HEPA vacuum or other method. Your pest management professional will vacuum up or otherwise remove every bug and egg he or she has found in the affected room.
- Kill any remaining specimens with natural and chemical treatments. It's not enough to just spray around the room -- bed bugs can walk over treated areas without being affected, and the treatment materials can dry out before any bugs contact them. Your pest control professional will closely treat the specific areas that show evidence of bed bugs, taking care not to use more chemicals than needed.
- Place bed bug monitors in and near the affected room. In order to judge the effectiveness of the treatment, technicians will check for bed bugs with passive monitor stations. This monitoring will go on for a few months as technicians will ...
- Come back for at least 3 follow-up inspections. Again, bed bugs are resilient and pesky. They can survive for extended periods of time with no food, so it is important to follow up after a treatment to ensure the bugs are truly eradicated. If a technician finds evidence of even one bed bug or egg during any follow-up inspection ...
- Repeat steps 1-5. Start the whole process over again.
Why You Need a Bed Bug Exterminator
Bed bug treatment is no picnic, and is not a quick process. DIY bed bug solutions aren't really a thing -- you need an experienced, trained professional to take care of bed bugs for you. Don't trust any pest control service that promises to get rid of bed bugs after one visit. Thoroughness and attention to detail are crucial in fighting bed bugs.
Call Eastside Exterminators today at (425) 482-2100 if you think you have bed bugs. Our professionals are the leading experts on pest control in the Seattle area, and will develop a comprehensive solution to your bed bug problem. Don't hesitate -- those bed bugs aren't going anywhere soon!