There are no pests that are welcomed in your home. Each type of pest comes with a unique set of problems. Cockroaches can contaminate your food supply and spread disease to the people in your home. Termites can eat away at the structural wood of your house and cause damage that is expensive to repair. Another problematic type of pest that many people know little about is the bed bug. Most people assume that bed bugs only infest places that are dirty or crowded. The reality is that bed bugs can infest any type of home where people are living. This means that you could be faced with figuring out how to get rid of bed bugs – even if you live in a clean, single-family residence.

Where do bed bugs come from?

It can be difficult to trace a bed bug infestation back to the original source. However, many people can pinpoint a general timeframe when they developed an infestation. This is because new bed bug infestations commonly pop up after a vacation. If you stay in a hotel with a bed bug infestation it is possible for you to bring back some of those bed bugs to your own home. Bed bugs can crawl into and onto your luggage and clothing and follow you home. There are precautions you can take at the hotel and once you get home to prevent this from happening. Keep your luggage and clothing off of the floor and away from the bed. If you suspect a bed bug infestation, change rooms or hotels right away. When you get home, put your clothes and luggage (if possible) in the dryer at the highest heat the material will tolerate. Bed bugs are sensitive to heat and this process can help kill off bed bugs that followed you home.

Reasons bed bugs are difficult to eradicate

One of the reasons bed bugs are such a scary type of pest is because they are difficult to eradicate. The small size of bed bugs allows them to stay out of sight in cracks and crevices that you cannot see. They lay their eggs in those areas as well. The fact that bed bugs are only active at night while most people are asleep makes it even more difficult to confirm that you have fully eradicated an infestation. If you do not kill off all of the bed bugs in an infestation along with their eggs then the infestation will simply grow back to previous levels.

How to successfully eradicate bed bugs

Now that you know the reasons why bed bugs are difficult to eradicate, the obvious question is, ‘How do I get rid of bed bugs?’ DIY methods for eliminating bed bugs are usually unsuccessful in eradicating bed bugs. This is because you must kill off all of the bed bugs and their eggs in order to completely eliminate the infestation. Chemical treatment alone is not enough to get to all of those areas. A bed bug infestation requires a combination of chemical and thermal treatment in order to successfully eradicate an infestation.

Ultimately, the way to get rid of bed bugs is to bring in professional help. It is difficult to eradicate them on your own. And, you risk a reoccurrence of the infestation if you fail to eliminate all of the bed bugs and their eggs. A professional has the tools and expertise necessary to successfully eliminate bed bugs. DM Pest Control can help you get rid of bed bugs and keep them away long term.