Why Do-It-Yourself Bed Bug Control In Your Spring Home Is More Costly Than You May Think

4/24/2020

When one thinks of bed bugs, the words “intrusive,” “violating,” and “creepy” may come to mind. They invade the most private spots of a home; namely the bedroom. While you’re fast asleep, they sneak up and sink into you. They sop up your blood and leave a bite as a calling card. It will be red, ugly, and oh so itchy. Spring is a prime time for bed bug infestations. Homeowners can be without a safe place to sleep, and that’s unacceptable. It's bad enough when business owners and their employees get these bites, and even worse if the customers get them, and report the establishment.

a bed bug on white bedding

What many people resolve to do is try “do it yourself” tricks they find online, or in stores. They presume these methods will be less expensive than enlisting the help of a professional company. They’re wrong though. Read on to find out why independent techniques don’t work, and why you need Kingston Pest Control for bed bugs.

Why Do Bed Bugs Show Up?

Bed bugs survive on blood alone, so naturally, they inhabit areas populated by humans and animals. Public places, like schools, hotels, and train stations are crawling with these critters. While you’re there, they’ll creep into your clothes and personal belongings. Once they make it home with you, they’ll spring off into the following items:

  • Fabrics

  • Upholstery

  • Mattresses

  • Couches

  • Electronics

  • Appliances

  • Wood trim

  • Wallpaper

  • Flooring

You’ll know for sure that you have a bed bug infestation if you wake up with welts, rashes, and bites. Other tell-tale signs are finding blood droplets and red-brown marks around linens. You may also see powdery, black, or brown waste stains. A musty odor might be in the air too.

The typical household bed bug is reddish-brown and has six legs. Their heads are small and circular, with two antennas. Their midsection is strange looking, and their oval bottoms are large. The young are translucent and the eggs are white. The biggest bed bugs get is ¼ of an inch long.

How Are DIY Bed Bug Methods Expensive? Why Don’t They Work?

“Do it yourself,” bed bug elimination approaches are expensive for two reasons. One, the price for an individual item ranges from $20.00 to $90.00. Two, their ineffectiveness always leads to a lot of trial and error. Therefore, the amount you spend will steadily increase.

Popular procedures are useless for several reasons, but the chief one is that you have to locate every single bed bug and egg for total extermination. Given their size and how well they hide, this would be next to impossible.

Not only do solo routines burn a hole in your wallet, but they also put you at risk:

  • Diatomaceous Earth (DE): This powder dehydrates bed bugs, but it’s very dangerous to inhale. 

  • Rubbing alcohol: Depending on the level of ethanol, alcohol can instantly kill bed bugs. However, you can develop respiratory issues from inhaling it. Also, it’s flammable.

  • Dry ice traps: Dry ice carbon dioxide draws in and kills bed bugs, but sizable portions of the gas are hazardous to humans and can cause burns. 

  • Insecticides: Some retail pesticides are too strong for humans and pets to be around, and bed bugs have a resistance to most.

How Can Kingston Pest Control Help With Bed Bugs?

Kingston Pest Control can save your home or business from bed bugs with potent and non-invasive industrial products. Our treatments and tools are designed to reach all bed bugs, at every stage in their life-cycle. Not one will survive.

Our plans are affordable and include regular visits and follow-ups. We’ll always be available to you. Take your residence or business back! Call us today and book a free inspection!

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