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Does Do-It-Yourself Bed Bug Control Work?

Because of the maddening effects of bed bugs, homeowners are often tempted to try removing bed bugs on their own. Not only can this lead to frustration, but incorrect use of insecticides can pose health risks and may also help bed bugs develop a resistance to the insecticides used.

Reducing Problem Bed Bugs

While waiting for a professional treatment, residents can try DIY bed bug control. None of these methods alone will solve a bed bug problem completely, but they can provide some short-term relief.

  • Vacuuming – A vacuum removes bed bugs from the surface of carpets, mattresses, linens, and box springs. This method won’t getting rid of the tiny eggs in floor cracks and other hard-to-reach areas.
  • Steam Cleaning – This DIY bed bug control targets the stubborn pests deep in furniture and wall crevices. Its success depends on the type of steamer and proper use of equipment.
  • Laundering – To remove bed bugs from clothing, put clothes in the dryer on the hottest setting for 20 minutes. Keep in mind that some fabrics can’t stand extreme heat and may be damaged. This method is not practical for larger items.
  • Decluttering – Bed bugs love cluttered rooms – it helps to conceal them. Keeping spaces open eliminates hiding places and makes cleaning easier, but it won’t get rid of bed bugs.

Bed Bug Proofing Products

There are some DIY bed bug control products available over-the-counter. These may contain or lessen the severity of an infestation, but they are most effective when used along with a professional treatment plan.

Encasements work by completely enclosing mattresses to keep bed bugs out, while bed leg protectors keep pests on the floor from climbing onto beds. Without a professional whole-home treatment, either product may simply drive the insects into other areas of the house.

There are many insecticide products that are available over the counter and registered with the Federal government for domestic use. They can be used for DIY bed bug control. Those who decide to use such insecticides should always follow the label directions exactly. Improper use can harm the environment, the user, and others in the building. Violation of the label or misuse of the product is an offence punishable under the Federal Pest Control Products Act.

Effective Bed Bug Removal

There is no substitute for professional pest management. Choose the licensed experts at Orkin Canada for the safest and most effective bed bug removal.