Bed bugs are so well-known for their parasitic ways that people will try anything to get rid of them or keep them out. The problem with at-home or do-it-yourself solutions is that they don’t always work, so it’s important to separate the effective methods from the phony ones. Luckily, you’ve got information straight from pest experts at your fingertips, and we’re here to help.
Bed Bug Prevention Is Extremely Difficult
While there are some things you can do to reduce your risk of introducing bed bugs to your property, the ugly truth is that complete prevention is nearly impossible. Bed bugs aren’t just common parasites, they are hitchhikers that easily spread from place to place. They tend to target public places like hotels, hospitals, schools, and transit hubs, waiting for unsuspecting people to brush by. They cling to hair, skin, and clothing until they are brought back into our homes, perfect new nesting grounds for a population to take off. Once inside, they find bedding, linens, or furniture to infest -- anywhere that they can hide during the day and emerge to feed at night. That’s why so many people turn to essential oils and natural scents to try and ward bed bugs off before they can get comfortable. Unfortunately, the jury is still out on how effective these things really are.
Research On Bed Bug Solutions
In recent years, many studies have been done to research the efficacy of essential oils and natural products to combat pest infestations, especially bed bugs. The United States Department of Agriculture conducted one with Rutgers University in 2017 that found that most oils and extracts were largely ineffective against insects. The only one that consistently affected bed bugs was blood orange extract, which is acidic enough to eat through an insect’s exoskeleton. The problem is, even an effective extract can still be impractical. For one, they are typically very expensive, especially in the quantities you would need to fully treat your house. For another, these still won’t do anything to address the root of pest problems. The cycle of bed bugs won’t ever be broken unless you target their eggs, which are often hidden in protected areas away from where chemicals or other treatments are applied. Only experts know how to properly treat your home with cost-effective measures -- ones that actually work.
Tried & True Prevention Methods
While preventing them can be quite difficult, there are some things that homeowners can do to reduce their risk of bed bugs and act quickly to disrupt them if they do invade. Here are some tried and true methods for addressing bed bugs:
- Hotspots: While it can be difficult to avoid them when traveling, you should take care when you’re in bed bug hotspots like public airports and hotels. Avoid setting your bags on the floor and make smart seating choices.
- Product inspection: Another common way bed bugs get introduced is via contaminated items like used clothing and furniture. Inspect and clean these thoroughly before placing them in target areas in your home.
- Washing linens: Speaking of washing, if you do notice bed bugs on your bedding, you should wash them immediately and make sure to dry them on the highest setting. Intense heat can kill bed bugs, but don’t try a direct application that might result in fire risks.
True Protection Comes From Professionals
All of this information creates a complicated reality when it comes to bed bugs. While there are things you can try to reduce your risk of infestation and try and contain their spread, the appropriate response to bed bugs is to simply call the experts. At ThermalRid, our same-day heat removal solutions work, so you know you won’t be wasting money on something that won’t even solve the problem. Our heat application is safe, cost-effective, and discreet. It all starts with an inspection of your home, so let us schedule an appointment today. For true protection from bed bugs, contact ThermalRid right away.