It’s important to act quickly if you suspect bed bugs in your home. The truth is, it’s easy to kill bed bugs, but difficult to eliminate infestations. The sooner the problem is identified, the simpler–and less costly–the solution will be.
If you suspect bed bugs in your home, a knowledgeable expert must confirm the problem is truly bed bugs. If you reside in an apartment building, you should contact the building owner or manager immediately.
While the suspicion of bed bugs is being investigated, do not remove or relocate anything from your home into other areas of the building. In effect, quarantine all contents until after a bed bug inspection is complete. DO NOT discard potentially infested furniture, mattresses, and other belongings, as this is generally unnecessary even when bed bugs do exist.
If bed bugs are confirmed, you will be advised of the prescribed remedy and how to prepare for it. Preparations will vary depending on the method employed for eradication.
The internet is rich with many products that claim to eliminate bed bug infestations. The vast majority of these offerings are ineffective and misleading. We have many attendees in our training programs who give first hand accounts of how they were misled, ripped-off, or dissatisfied with these products. Aerosol “bombs”, botanical oils (cedar spray), and other “miraculous” potions exacerbate the problem. They should never be used.
There are many pest control companies touting their method as “the best.” In reality, there’s no such thing. With the exception of true fumigation (a rarity in the Northeast), no method currently available is one-hundred percent effective, one hundred percent of the time. Every situation needs to be assessed to determine the best course of action. If you’re spending a lot of money on failed treatments, STOP.
We don’t subscribe to the “one method is best” mentality. We prescribe whichever method, or combination of methods, is most suitable for the situation. Just as a doctors doesn’t prescribe one pill for every condition, we don’t prescribe one treatment for every situation. Standardized remediation ignores on-site realities, and wastes money on treatment failures.