What Does A Professional Bed Bug Treatment Look Like?
When bed bugs strike, it is miserable. There are few things as disturbing as being bitten by bugs while we sleep. And, whether you are a homeowner or a business owner, these bugs can be a nightmare to deal with because they are extremely hard to get rid of. Here's why.
There are a lot of ways to kill a bed bug, but killing some of these bugs rarely solves an infestation. In fact, it can prolong an infestation and lead to ongoing torment. When bed bugs sense danger, they avoid it. You can think you got rid of your infestation, while those bugs may simply be hiding inside your wall voids, waiting to come out and bite you again. When they do, you may be tempted to think that you got "another" infestation, when it is actually the same one. This can quickly become a cycle. It could have you throwing out mattresses, box springs, couches, chairs, and even tearing apart your walls. The better alternative is to seek the assistance of a professional.
The Impact Bed Bugs Have On A Business
These pests are bad for business. When a single bed bug is found by a customer, it can lead to hysteria. And very often customers don't report them to the owner. They take to social media to vent their disgust and indignation over what they perceive as negligence--even though this is completely unwarranted. Most people have no idea how a bed bug infestation spreads, and that finding a single bed bug does not mean there is a widespread infestation. Some people don't even know what a bed bug looks like and they assume some silly things, like the idea that bed bugs are too small to see with the naked eye. Businesses need to be aware of these challenges and have a pest control plan that guards against misconceptions.
The Impact Bed Bugs Have On A Family
Bed bugs can plague a whole family with bites, but this is actually not the worst threat they pose. There is a growing body of evidence that suggests that bed bugs spread illness to humans. One illness that is quite worrisome is Chagas disease, which is caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. Symptoms of Chagas disease include fever, rash, swelling, headache, loss of appetite, swollen glands, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and enlargement of the liver or spleen. This has entomologists concerned because bed bugs live almost exclusively with humans, which gives these insects more opportunity to spread this illness than the kissing bug, which is the insect originally known for spreading it.
Professional Bed Bug Control
The complexity of getting rid of bed bugs and their impact on businesses and families make professional control vital. An educated and experienced pest control technician follows strict protocols for inspection and treatment to ensure the complete elimination of these bugs.
What To Expect From A-1 Pest Control
At A-1 Pest Control, we use a combination of bed bug control methods because no two bed bug infestations are exactly the same. During the initial meeting, your technician will perform an inspection to determine which treatment options will work best for your unique situation. Then you decide which you prefer.
Conventional treatments may be suggested for small and isolated infestations. This treatment method requires multiple visits but is more cost effective. When applied by an educated professional, chemicals present no threat to the occupants returning to the home after the treatment, and they leave a barrier of protection against future infestations.
For a widespread infestation, or in cases where those bed bugs have to go immediately, a heat treatment is the more likely option. With this treatment choice, industrial strength, temperature-controlled heating units are strategically placed to bring the temperature of the structure up to 120 degrees as they are monitored to ensure proper operation. Our team follows strict protocols to ensure that your home and your belongings are not damaged.
If you live in North Carolina and you'd like more information about the process of bed bug extermination or you'd like to schedule service, give us a call today. A-1 Pest Control is an industry leader in commercial and residential bed bug control.