If you've come to this article because you are at the end of your rope, we understand. Fighting bed bugs can be a nightmare. These bugs don't just live inside your mattress. They hide in your alarm clocks, wall outlets, upholstered furniture, lamps, computers, televisions, and more. Let's take a look at this problem and see if we can get some real insight into these bugs and learn how to avoid the pitfalls of do-it-yourself treatments.
It seems like every time we turn around, the miracle that is the Internet is offering up another solution for bed bugs. We wish these options really did get rid of bed bugs, but instead of fixing the problem they just prolong the suffering these bugs inflict. So, before you decide to sprinkle Borax all over your home, cover your bed with double sided tape, or make a dozen CO2 traps out of dog dishes, you need to understand a few very important points about bed bugs.
These bugs breed like crazy. Even if you manage to catch a whole bunch of bed bugs--which is disgusting, by the way--you're still going to have bed bugs in your home, because a single female bug can lay up to 500 eggs in her short lifetime. She is more than capable of out-birthing your attempts to eradicate the infestation.
Eggs don't need a mother to hatch. Let's say you catch a crazy amount of bed bugs and dispose of their carcasses. All you need for a new infestation to pop up a month later is a small batch of unattended eggs. It takes about 6 to 17 days for bed bug eggs to hatch. So, if things are quiet, they probably aren't going to be for long.
These bugs mature quickly. Bed bugs go through six life stages and are able to mate in about a month. That means all those new babies are ready to make more babies in a very short amount of time.
These are very frustrating bugs to get rid of. Even if you abandon all of the DIY traps and go straight to solving your problem with heat (like the professionals do) you can still miss killing all the bugs in your home. Killing bed bugs with heat treatments requires proper training. After you've spent a ton of money renting the gear and paying for the electricity, those bugs can still elude you--or worse, you could burn your home down.
If you're dealing with bed bugs in Jacksonville, don't trust a stranger on the Internet who tells you that you can get these bugs with traps or destroy them with some heaters and a few fans. Please. Trust us when we say that bed bug extermination is a job for a professional. Give McCall a call. Our team has a track record for protecting homes and businesses from these blood-eating bugs. We can help you get rid of these pests entirely.