There are many ways a bed bug treatment can fail. If you attempt to get rid of bed bugs and fail to do the job, it can cost you in many ways. Today, we're going to give you a few examples of how DIY bed bug treatments can achieve undesirable results and end up costing you more than it would have if you had invested in professional bed bug control.
It doesn't cost much to buy some over-the-counter sprays to kill bed bugs. If you have seen a location of infestation, such as a small patch between a mattress and box spring or under the cushion of a couch, you might think that you can spray that patch and be done with your infestation. But bed bugs will run from chemicals. If any of the bugs survive, they can develop a resistance to the chemical they were exposed to. This is why conventional treatments often fail to get rid of bed bugs. Professionals that apply chemicals to treat bed bugs know that several products need to be used, rather than just one.
If your bed bugs aren't out in the open, it is important that you understand how chemicals usually work. Sprays are topical. They don't get deep into the places where bed bugs hide. And many chemical products aren't residual. That means they're not going to get bed bugs as they emerge from hiding. You must select the right products and administer them according to established safety guidelines to achieve good results with chemicals.
What happens when your spray treatments fail and bed bugs aren't completely eliminated? That depends on your business. Here are some possible outcomes.
If you're treating bed bugs in an apartment or home rental, and fail, it could drive your tenants to move out or take you to court. That is certainly going to cost you.
If you're treating bed bugs in a hotel or motel room, and fail, it can lead to bad reviews on social media and a loss of revenue.
If you're treating bed bugs in a nursing home, and fail, it can create fear among your residents and tarnish your reputation.
Throwing Furniture Out
Some business owners find bed bugs in a bed, couch, or chair, and simply dispose of the furniture. If you're thinking of doing this, you should know that you're not likely to get rid of your infestation this way. Bed bugs don't just live in beds and furniture. They can live under rugs, behind baseboards, and inside walls. They're also likely to be found in luggage, bags, pocketbooks, electronic devices, and other transportable items that bed bugs used as a vehicle to get into your business. You need to find all the locations of infestation and properly treat them in order to eliminate these bugs.
Have you heard that heat kills bed bugs? It's true. You can eliminate bed bugs with thermal remediation. Unfortunately, it isn't as easy as using a hairdryer on a group of bed bugs or opening an oven door and turning up the heat. But you probably know this. What you might not know is that purchasing space heaters won't solve your problem either. If you're thinking of investing in several space heaters in the hopes that you'll recoup the cost over time as you use those heaters to get rid of bed bugs, there are a few things you should know.
Bed bugs retreat from heat.
It takes a sustained heat above 115 °F to eliminate bed bugs.
Bed bugs can find cold spots in a room that is extremely hot.
Bed bugs can hide in walls or retreat to rooms that are not being heated.
Along with being ineffective, DIY heat treatments can also be dangerous. There are many cases of businesses catching fire because of inappropriate attempts to kill bed bugs with heat.
Professional Bed Bug Treatments In Dallas
If you own a Dallas business and you're dealing with bed bugs, we strongly encourage you to reach out to the bed bug experts here at Bullseye K9 Detection. We specialize in commercial bed bug control. We'll get you the results you're looking for, the first time.