When bed bugs strike, it can drive rational people to act in a very irrational manner. There is something about these bugs that drives people to desperation, but before you take matters into your own hands and try to deal with these elusive and resilient bugs on your own, please take a few minutes to learn a little more about the pitfall of do-it-yourself bed bug treatments.
Throwing Stuff Out
We can probably all agree that throwing stuff out is a bad idea when we sit down and think it through, but a surprising number of people throw their mattresses and furniture out when they realize they have bed bugs. Not only is this unnecessary, it is usually ineffective. Here are a few reasons why:
Bed bugs don’t just live in mattresses and furniture. They can live in wall voids, underneath your carpet, inside electronics, and more. Throwing your bed out is not likely to get rid of these bugs. Plus, you are likely to contaminate someone else with your discarded items.
All it takes is one female bed bug or a batch of eggs for a new infestation to take root.
Throwing your stuff out won’t help you understand where you may have gotten the bed bugs from in the first place. If you’re bringing them home from work or your kids are bringing them home from school or from a friend’s house, you’re going to get more bed bugs.
If you live in an apartment, those bugs may not even be originating from your home.
Mattresses and other items in your home can be saved with proper pest control.
Bed Bug Traps
There are a wide range of traps that can be purchased or created to draw bed bugs in and kill them, but these traps don’t work to get rid of an infestation or keep bed bugs from biting you. They won’t draw all of the bugs out of their hiding places, and they won’t draw all the bugs in before they get to you and feed. Sure, you’ll catch some bugs in those traps, but you’re not going to rid your home of bed bugs.
Bed Bug Deterrents
There are a wide range of control products for bed bugs. You can put mattress encasements on your mattresses, sticky traps on your bed frame, and traps underneath the feet of your bed and still get bites from bed bugs. This is because bed bugs can bite you when you’re not in bed. In fact, they can feed on you when you’re fully awake.
Bed bugs also have the ability to climb on walls and ceilings. If you’ve made your bed an impenetrable fortress, these bugs are still able to get above it and drop down onto it.
Are there products that can kill bed bugs? Yup. But, bed bugs are an insect that has been dwelling with humans since the dawn of time. They are not easily killed by direct means. They have learned to adapt when we lay down products that kill them, and they will avoid these areas when they come out to feed. You might kill a few, but you are not going to kill them all. These bugs can avoid your attempts to poison them longer than you have the will to keep laying down toxic chemicals in your home.