Bed bugs are miserable pests; and, they're bad for business. When these bugs appear in your Fort Worth business, you might consider DIY bed bug treatment ideas. We understand why you might choose to go this route. It can seem like a smart financial decision. But attempting to address bed bugs on your own can actually end up costing you more.
Throwing Out Furniture
Some business owners do this, yet it rarely has any impact at all. Bed bugs don't just live in beds. Throwing mattresses, box springs, and bed frames out is not a guarantee that you'll arrest a bed bug infestation. These bugs can live in other furniture items, electronics, boxes, luggage, pocketbooks, duffel bags, book bags, and more. They can also be in the structure of your property, such as behind baseboard and crown molding, or inside the walls.
Throwing furniture out has an immediate impact on your finances, but the greater cost will be the loss of a tenant, guest, or customer.
Bed bugs are no big deal, right? All you have to do is find them and spray them. Unfortunately, bed bugs live in tight spaces and voids. Not only are they difficult to find, but these areas are difficult or impossible to treat. These are not the only challenges. Here are a few more to consider:
There are many natural bed bug-removal remedies offered on the internet, such as vinegar and water solutions. The idea is that these natural sprays will act as a desiccant and dehydrate the insects. But these sprays dry out and become inert long before they have any real impact on bed bugs.
Over-the-counter chemicals. There are products that promise to kill bed bugs on contact. This can sound like a great idea until you spray a bed bug directly with a large amount and watch it crawl away, unphased. Why does this happen? Because bed bugs have natural immunities to chemical pest control agents. They're born with these immunities.
If you spray a bed bug with a product that has never been used on the bed bugs that came before it, they can develop an immunity to it. Any nymphs that survive the treatment can shed their skins and develop new skins that have a greater resistance.
The cost of sprays isn't a lot of money, but if you use them and fail to get control of the bed bugs in your business, it can lead to a loss of revenue.
A bed bug infestation is no big deal, right? You can just buy some space heaters and kill them with heat… right? That's what professionals do, isn't it? Well, not exactly. While it is true that professionals use heat to effectively exterminate bed bugs in all stages of development, they have training, experience, and appropriate equipment. It isn't easy to raise the temperature of a structure to a level that is sufficient to exterminate bed bugs. In best-case scenarios, the placement of space heaters will work to drive bed bugs into cold spots where they hide from the heat. But, in rare cases, improper heat treatments have led to a loss of property and a loss of human life because of fire.
The cost of a DIY heat treatment can be astronomical if it leads to property loss or a loss of human life.
What works to get rid of bed bugs?
We could add many more examples of what doesn't work, but we've specifically provided the examples above so that we can better explain what does work.
It is important to find out where bed bugs are hiding, whether it be in a bed, furniture item, electronic device, bag, box, or in the structure of the property. At Bullseye, we use K9 detection to find bed bugs before treatments are performed. This helps technicians target infested areas. Once the treatments are done, we use K9 detection to make sure no bed bugs remain to impact your business or your bottom line.
Our technicians perform chemical treatments as a part of the control process. The products we use are known to be effective and we use a mixture of products to ensure that, if one doesn't work, the others will. No bed bug will remain to develop a resistance and pass it on to their offspring.
We perform heat treatments because it is a natural and effective way to get control of bed bugs. Our technicians are aware of the dangers and they mitigate this threat by using temperature-controlled heaters, temperature sensors, and rigorous protocols. On top of this, our technicians specialize in bed bug control. This allows our team to leverage years of experience and ensure that you get the results you want.
If bed bugs are in your Fort Worth business, contact Bullseye K9 Detection. There is no better way to get rid of bed bugs. When it comes to bed bugs, it pays to hire a professional.