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How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs in Florida

A bed bug crawling on the upholstery of a couch.

It’s no secret that bed bugs are one of the most dreaded pests to discover in your Florida home. If you wake up with new tiny, itchy bites across your body every morning, chances are bed bugs have found their way into your home. Look closely enough, and you may even see them creeping on your comforter or mattress.

While the thought of these tiny pests feeding on you while you sleep is upsetting enough, attempting to get rid of these is even more of a hassle; the majority of conventional treatment methods aren’t effective against bed bugs.

When dealing with bed bugs, the analysis and treatment provided by a professional team is the most reliable means of ridding them from your household. Fortunately, McCall Service has some tips to help you reduce the severity of the problem, as well as solutions to prevent future bed bug invasions.

What Doesn’t Work Against Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs constantly adapt in order to live with humans, and have been doing so for most of our history. There’s even evidence of bed bugs in ancient caves. In recent history, they’ve also proven themselves resilient against store-bought chemical bed bug home treatments, which is what makes them difficult to handle without professionals.

If you lay sticky traps out, you’ll catch some bed bugs, but not all of them. These types of infestations can feel endless. No number of sticky traps will be enough to kill them all.

You may hear that carbon dioxide traps are a good idea, as bed bugs are drawn out to feed when CO2 levels rise in a room. High levels of CO2 in the air indicate that there are sleeping mammals to feed on. You can catch some bed bugs this way, but again, it’s not a fool-proof method.

Do-It-Yourself Treatments

If you purchase mattress and box spring encasements to trap bed bugs inside and starve them to death, you may be able to stop your bed bug infestation. However, though they live in mattresses, box springs, and pillows, bed bugs also hide in upholstered furniture, electronics, baseboards, outlets, and even wall voids.

Additionally, when do-it-yourself treating for bed bugs, signs of a serious infestation are often missed by those who have no education in pest control. Keep in mind that improper use of chemicals is not only harmful to the occupants of a home or business but can actually make the problem worse. A more reliable course of action is to consult with a professional about your options for more advanced treatment.

What works to get rid of bed bugs?

There are many chemicals that can kill bed bugs, but if applied incorrectly, they can flee into walls, only prolonging the problem. It’s important to hire a team that knows how to apply chemicals in a way that is not only safe but effective at corralling these pests. When combined with mattress box spring encasements, professional pesticides can be a fast and effective bed bug home treatment solution, if administered correctly.

While professional pesticide solutions can be effective for small and isolated infestations, they may not be enough for extensive, multi-room or dwelling infestations. When bed bugs are widespread, or they’ve developed a resistance to pesticides, other measures must be implemented.

Heat Treatment for Bed Bugs

Heat is a powerful and natural way to eradicate bed bugs. It can be a focused application of steam in conjunction with HEPA Vacuums or a full heat treatment of an entire structure. Both are effective at killing bed bugs when done properly.

Never attempt a heat treatment without proper heat-regulating equipment, sensors, and training. Experienced pest professionals, such as those at McCall Service, know how to apply these in a way that is safe and effective.

Choose Peace of Mind with McCall’s Bed Bug Solutions

If left unchecked, bed bugs can balloon into a major pain for you and your family. In the event you’ve found that your bed bug home treatment countermeasures against this pest haven’t been effective, we encourage you to consider McCall Service. Our dedicated professionals have been treating bed bugs in Florida for over 90 years. We’d be honored to take a look at your problem and see what we can do for you.

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