Nobody wants to find bed bugs in their home; unfortunately, it can happen to anybody and at any time. The key is knowing how to react quickly if you end up with bed bugs so that you can eradicate the problem and minimize damage. Specifically, there are a few common mistakes you'll want to be careful to avoid if you discover bed bugs in your home.
Staying With a Friend or Relative
While the thought of fleeing your home to stay with a relative, with a friend, or even in a nearby hotel may seem appealing, it's one of the worst mistakes you can make. That's because in doing so, you'll only bring the infestation with you wherever you go. It might seem counter-intuitive, but the best thing to do is stay put in your home. In the meantime, put mattress covers on your beds to prevent bed bugs from coming out of the mattress/box spring and biting you while you sleep.
Attempting to Treat Yourself
Bed bugs are not an easy problem to eradicate, which is why hiring a professional pest control specialist is always recommended. Store-bought treatments may kill bed bugs here and there when you see them, but none will fully eradicate the problem. Only a professional can do that. Not to mention, store-bought chemicals can be dangerous to children and pets.
Not Taking Steps to Prevent Future Issues
Even once your bed bug problem is taken care of, it's important to take proactive steps to avoid a re-infestation. For starters, you may need to throw out any furniture that was severely infested and replace it. You'll also want to be careful to avoid picking up bed bugs while traveling in the future by checking hotel rooms thoroughly for signs of bed bugs before checking in.
Failing to Let Your Landlord Know
If you live in a rental unit, it's important that you let your landlord know about bed bugs as soon as you see them. Not only should your landlord provide pest control treatment, but he or she needs to know about bed bugs so proper steps can be taken to prevent them from spreading to other nearby tenants.
Finding bed bugs in your home can be an unpleasant experience, to say the very least. But by avoiding these common mistakes, you can take the necessary measures to get the problem taken care of as soon as possible. Contact a company like Arab Termite and Pest Control for more information and assistance.