Getting rid of bed bugs from your Queens, NY, home can be a tedious and expensive process without the right tools and expertise. Not only are bed bugs very hard to identify, but eliminating an infestation permanently from a home is notoriously difficult. Moreover, taking the wrong steps can further exacerbate the problem. Therefore, it is important to take the right steps in a timely manner to get rid of these pests once and for all.
Identify the problem
The presence of bed bugs is typically indicated by itchy welts on a person’s exposed skin. If you are lucky, you might actually catch a bed bug, which can make it much easier for a professional to identify the problem. Typical reactions to finding bed bugs include a myriad of home remedies, pesticides, airing out furniture, and even discarding beds and couches and moving! While these might remedy the problem in some cases, these methods often fail to work for most infestations.
What not to do
Bed bugs are remarkably hardy creatures and can hide in all manner of crevices and cracks, making them and their eggs very difficult to kill. While insecticide and pesticide sprays might work on a superficial level, they might not get rid of the infestation completely, making a comeback imminent. Airing out furniture can sometimes make the problem worse, exposing the rest of your home to the bed bugs as you move furniture around. Similarly, even moving might not be a viable solution as the bed bugs are likely to move with you in your clothing and furniture.
Contact a professional
Contacting a professional early on, after identifying the presence of bed bugs, is the best move. Not only will it save you a lot of anxiety, but also potentially save you from discarding expensive mattresses and furniture. During the initial inspection, the exterminator will determine the extent of the infestation. While there are a variety of methods of doing this, trained dogs taught to sniff out bedbugs offer the fastest and least invasive solution. Naturally, having an experienced exterminator and dog team can radically improve your chances of getting rid of bed bugs permanently.
Ask the right questions
Once the extent of the infestation has been determined, it is important to ask some important questions before enlisting the exterminator’s services. Typically, ask them about the techniques they would use and whether any preparation would be required on your part. Moreover, ask them if they offer a guarantee for their services. Lastly, it is important to look at their client history to give you a gauge of their effectiveness and customer service. An ideal exterminator uses eco-friendly treatments that require no preparation on your part, and will have a strong customer base and a guarantee of infestation removal. Get a signed contract and make sure all the terms you agree on are written explicitly.
Taking these steps will ensure that your home is rid of bed bugs once and for all in a convenient and easy manner.