Have you discovered bed bugs or found bites on your skin that you think may be caused by bed bugs? If so, you're looking at a lot of misery if you try to get rid of those bugs on your own. We are often called in after Columbus residents have tried to do their own bed bug control, and it is sad to hear their stories. People throw all kinds of things at bed bugs. They try traps, sprays, baits, mattress encasements. Some even try throwing their mattress, box spring, beds, or furniture out. But these things don't work to get rid of bed bugs. Today, we're going to break down a few common challenges people face when they try to apply pest control to kill bed bugs in Columbus, and then we will talk a little bit about how the team here at Pestmaster® Services 

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How Bed Bug Control Can Fail

Can pest control kill bed bugs? Of course it can. We get rid of bed bugs all the time. But it isn't easy, even for a professional. There are steps that must be taken to prevent bed bugs from escaping the treatments. Here are a few examples of ways good control methods can fail when improperly applied.

  • Heat can be used to kill bed bugs, but you're not going to get rid of the bed bugs in your Columbus home by putting a space heater in a room. Bed bugs can find cold spots to hide from the heat. If they can't find a cold spot, they'll simply move away from the heat. This can cause the bed bugs to spread throughout your home.

  • Mattress encasements help to contain bed bugs in mattresses and box springs. They also work to keep bed bugs out of these key areas. Unfortunately, they don't stop bed bugs that are in the bed frame, other furniture, electronics, or in other parts of the house.

    Traps can stop bed bugs from feeding on you if the bed bugs aren't living in your home, but bed bug traps won't address the source of the problem. This can allow bed bugs to feed on you while you're sitting at your computer, watching television, or even while you're standing in one place, such as when you're doing the dishes. A bed bug can feed on you while you're fully awake and it only needs ten minutes to get a full meal.

  • Sprays can kill bed bugs on contact, but sprays do very little to address a bed bug infestation because bed bugs hide in tight spaces in difficult-to-reach areas.

Natural Pest Control For Bed Bugs

When bed bugs get into Columbus homes, some residents turn to natural pest control to kill bed bugs. Can you use natural pest control for bed bugs? No. Not even a little bit. Natural products may deter bed bugs from biting you (for a little while) but they will do little to nothing to arrest a bed bug infestation.

  • According to a recent Rutgers University study, essential oils do very little to kill bed bugs. The concentration levels currently required are too high.

  • Essential oils will not drive bed bugs out of a home. These insects don't live outside. They're only going to hide until it is safe to come out again. You'll get tired of the strong odors before these pests will.

  • Traps and other natural control methods are also ineffective, as we pointed out above. They must be used as a part of a multi-pronged strategy.

How Do Professionals Overcome The Challenges?

While there are some differences between pest professionals, there are some general practices that all professionals draw from. Here are a few to consider.

  • Professionals are trained to locate bed bugs so that bed bug control can be targeted.

  • When heat is used, professionals rely on industrial-strength, temperature-controlled heaters to create the necessary temperatures. They also deploy sensors to monitor heat levels and disperse the heat evenly by using fans.

  • Another way heat is used to kill bed bugs is by applying steam. This is done according to strict protocols to prevent bed bugs from escaping.

  • Mattress encasements and traps may be used to stop bed bug bites while treatments are being performed and bed bugs are being monitored over the course of a few weeks.

  • Synthetic products may be used to control bed bugs but professionals go by product suggestions given by industry experts, and they deploy the products according to best practices. This form of bed bug control uses ultra-low volume fogging, dust treatments, and residual sprays to get the job done. These work to address the challenge of getting to where these sneaky bugs are hiding.

Bed Bug Control In Columbus

If you're in Columbus, you're in our service area. At Pestmaster® Services, we use heat treatments, freeze treatments, and a mixture of synthetic control treatment options to achieve results. Let one of our licensed professionals guide you toward the right solution for your specific needs. Reach out to us today.

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