If you, a friend or a relative has or suspect a bed bug infestation, review carefully the bed bug information that has been made available to the public. This is a great starting point in determining whether or not the signs and evidence in your home or place of business points to an infestation.
Getting a reliable ID of bed bugs is obviously a critical part of the process. While bed bugs are usually correctly identified by the public and by pest control companies, there are a few other bugs, bat bugs and swallow bugs, that can be difficult to distinguish without a microscope or high magnification lens.
When a positive ID has been made, it’s time to decide on a control strategy and get down to business. Entomologists strongly encourage the use of professional exterminators in eliminating bed bug infestations, and caution that do-it-yourself chemical treatments are unlikely to be effective. Furthermore, frustration with this problem frequently leads homeowners to misuse insecticides inside the home, creating serious health risks for people and pets.
Even if you aren’t currently dealing with a bed bug problem at home, “Bed Bugs (Biology & Management)” would be worth a quick read, just to remind yourself of the various ways in which you could be at risk. An overnight stay in an unlucky hotel room is certainly one possible scenario, but bed bugs could also come to your home on a used mattress or other used furniture.
For more information on exterminating bedbugs, contact EHS Pest.