Don't Rely on Chemicals to Eliminate Bed Bugs
- Pesticides have limited effectiveness, and usually don’t come into direct contact with the bed bugs they target.
- Due to bed bugs’ inherent resistance and their ability to mutate quickly become immune to them, pesticides do not offer lasting results. In New York City, bed bugs now are 250 times more resistant to standard pesticides than bed bugs in Florida!
- If you read the fine print on these consumer marketed pesticides, the manufacturers of these products often say that if you have an infestation, you should rely on a professional, not their products.
- Consumers doing their own treatments may also endanger their own health. The Center for Disease Control published a study “Acute Illnesses Associated With Insecticides Used to Control Bed Bugs” that showed that some chemicals used for bed bug treatments have made victims ill.
- A HEPA VAC can be useful for high level bed bug infestations, when visible bed bugs are numerous, however this really only a ‘topical’ bed bug treatment
- Spot treatments that cover only limited rooms or select places in rooms are extremely ineffective. Bed bugs are crawling insects that have been known to travel over 20 feet to feed.
- Merely removing, treating or even fumigating furniture without treating the surrounding structure is insufficient.
- A mattress cover is not a substitute for bed bug treatment, but it can be an effective complement.
- There is NO evidence that arbitrarily treating for bed bugs with chemicals in a proactive manner prevents future infestations.
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Spot Treatments Don’t Hit The Spot
Many pest control companies elect to spray for bed bugs in only the particular places in a room where these insects were found. We view spot treatments as ineffective:
- Bed bugs may live in more places within a room than those found during an inspection and treated under this approach.
- Bed bugs may occupy more rooms than the ones in which they were seen.
- Bed bugs are crawling insects that do not always stay fixed in one hiding spot. Female bed bugs often break off from the population when it becomes time to lay their eggs.
- Bed bugs have been known to travel over 20 feet to feed.
- Bed bug treatments require detailed preparation which involves laundering items, dismantling furniture, and getting rid of excess clutter and debris. It is common for bedbugs to be disturbed by this process and sent looking for new hiding spots, or possible for the bugs to be transferred to other areas during this preparation process.
Contact us online or call 877-932-0733 today to speak with our expert staff and learn how Bell can help with your bed bug or pest infestation.