In our 30 years of pest control services in the Atlantic and Cape May County areas, RID Pest Control has received a lot of calls about bed bugs. When the East Coast experienced an outbreak of the pests a few years ago, often our customers were upset that they had followed directions they found online regarding the removal of bed bugs and still had an active problem.
Understanding the Life Cycle of Bed Bugs
The truth is, while you can treat your home for bed bugs on your own, these treatments are not likely to be effective. To understand why, you need to understand the life cycle of bed bugs. When bed bugs first hatch, they are nearly invisible nymphs. These babies will live in your home for several months, feeding and laying eggs, until they are large enough to be readily noticed by the inhabitants.
Eliminating Active Infestation is Not Enough
While commercially available bug sprays will kill the active, hatched bed bugs that are present, they do not eliminate the eggs. Far too often, homeowners think they have eliminated an active infestation only to discover a new one when eggs hatch and the cycle begins again.
The Problem With Bed Bug Eggs
Bed bug eggs are typically laid in low-traffic areas of the home, such as baseboards, minute cracks in the walls and floor or back corners of closets. These areas are hard to reach with vacuums and even if sprayed, the pesticide may not kill the incubating bed bug.
Hiring Professional Pest Control Experts is the Best Bet
Hiring a professional pest control team to eliminate bed bugs includes the application of dry heat to areas where bed bugs normally nest. The heat ensures that the eggs are non-viable, and technicians will typically follow this application with a thorough cleaning and treatment designed to kill any bed bugs eggs that survive and hatch.
When Infestation Recurs
Unfortunately, especially in areas where homes are close together, you can experience a recurrence, as bed bugs travel from building to building. You can help prevent the cycle from continuing by regularly vacuuming all corners and baseboards in your house and frequently laundering all soft bedding and stuffed animals in hot water and drying in a clothes dryer.
If you have a problem with bed bugs in your home, please contact us. As a family-owned business, we are dedicated to providing excellent customer service. We not only professionally treat your home for the best results, we do a follow-up after every treatment. If you need additional services, we offer monthly treatment plans to help keep your family safe and comfortable.