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I Have Bed Bugs! Now What?

When it comes to household pests, people dread bed bugs more than others. Of course, since bed bugs feast on human blood while people lay sleeping in bed at night, that makes sense. Unfortunately, bed bugs present huge challenges when it comes to successfully treating them. To that end, North American Home Services (NAHS) covers four ways to treat bed bugs to remove them for good.

I Have Bed Bugs! Now What?

Why Bed Bugs Are a Danger

It may or may not surprise you to know that bed bugs don’t spread disease, which is good news. At the same time, they can cause itchy sores, blisters, and allergic reactions. Moreover,  they’re notoriously difficult to permanently remove, for a couple of reasons. First, they easily hide in small crevices. Second, they can last up to six months with no food.

Where Bed Bugs Like to Congregate

Places that house multiple individuals provide the perfect residence for bloodthirsty insects. Any time you have large numbers of people living and sleeping in connected spaces, you run the risk of an infestation. Additionally, places that experience frequent turnover of overnight guests also present a risk. The list below provides some examples:

  • Hotels
  • Hospitals
  • Homeless Shelters
  • Dormitories
  • Apartment Complexes

Similar to cockroaches, bed bugs are transported mostly via bedding, clothing, and other fabrics that people bring on their travels. Thus, you may treat bed bugs successfully. However, they can always return, especially if you are a guest or resident at one of the examples we just listed. 

Suggested Bed Bug Treatment

Sometimes, it makes sense to tackle a DIY project to save money. When it comes to treating these little creatures, though, it’s better to bring in a professional like NAHS, for a couple of reasons. First, we have access to solutions that can’t be purchased over the counter. Second, we are trained experts who know what to look for, how to identify the full extent of the problem, and how to apply the most successful and appropriate treatment for the specific situation, which often comprise one of the four examples below. 

1. Insecticide Spray

Insecticide spray and dust can effectively eradicate bed bugs when applied correctly. We treat beds, headboards, box springs, bedroom furniture, and any other places where bed bugs live, hide, and feed. 

2. Heat Treatment

These vampire bugs can’t withstand high temperatures. For this reason, heat treatment delivers an effective option. Even better, the treatment doesn’t require chemicals, so it’s environmentally friendly. Moreover, residents can typically keep their bedding.

3. Steam Foam

Steam treatment is similar to heat treatment, except for the heat source. Both heat and steam produce effective treatments. It really just depends on the space and the details that professionals weigh to make the most appropriate treatment decision. 

4. Fumigation

For the worst infestations, we cover the property in a tarp and fumigate. This treatment is the most effective, but it’s also the most invasive. 

Pest Control Solutions for Sacramento Residents

When it comes to blood-sucking insects, Sacramento residents trust NAHS Pro. Quality pest control treatments also include cockroaches, ants, termites, and more. Call (916) 481-0268 to schedule an appointment.