Getting the most effective bed bug treatment —one that will eradicate the problem once and for all – isn’t a simple task. Bed bug elimination requires a labor-intensive and methodical approach.
Because these pernicious little bugs are both very resilient and very mobile, taking a holistic approach to their extermination is key. In this post, we highlight a few of the least effective ways to perform bed bug treatment, because when you know where you’ve gone wrong, you’ll know how to do things right.
Not finding all bugs
The number one way to let bed bugs creep back into your home after treatment is by not getting rid of all of them in the first place. Fully grown bed bugs are visible to the naked eye, but these little creatures are nocturnal, and very good at hiding themselves away to avoid treatment.
Vacuuming and steaming are effective methods, and they need to be coupled with a full inspection of cracks and crevices in a room, too. Cleaning of pillows and cushions, wicker baskets, and plenty of places you might not have thought they’d be hiding is also highly recommended.
Ignoring other rooms
Bed bugs are able to travel up to 20 metres in one night, so assuming that just one room in your home is affected will increase the chances of their return. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to bed bug treatment, so being thorough across all potential areas of infestation will assist in getting rid of them totally.
Not following up on bed bug treatment
The follow-up inspection and treatment will stamp out any remaining pests in your vicinity. Failing to do this means that a small pocket of bed bugs might remain and be allowed to lay more eggs. This method of prevention will help clear any spaces that may have had a small number left, ensuring there is no possibility of their reappearance.
Choosing the wrong pesticides
An inexperienced person treating bed bugs might assume that what applies to other pests like cockroaches, can also be used to get rid of bed bugs. This isn’t an uncommon assumption, but it is totally false, and will waste precious time as well as money. Avoid chemical “foggers”, for example, as they do not take into account that bed bugs have infiltrated and infested areas like mattresses and carpets, where they are immune to airborne extermination chemicals.