“Oops you missed a spot”

When it comes to treating bed bugs – that is never a phrase you’ll want to hear. Missing one tiny little bed bug harborage area means that after treatment they will still be able to survive, reproduce, and continue biting their host. It is very important to inspect EVERY crack and crevice for bed bugs. As you will see in the video – they are NOT just found in beds. The level of detail that needs to be put in is the reason why it’s best to go to an expert for this type of Pest Control Mesa AZ and don’t try to do it yourself. You may think you’ve done a good job but in a few weeks time, you’ll be back at square one.

I was recently called to a house for a major bed bug infestation. The homeowner tried to eliminate them several times using some over the counter spray, but the bugs didn’t go away. The reason that the bugs were able to survive was that they found a nice safe hiding spot right behind a crease in the wallpaper.

The bugs were tucked behind the wallpaper away from any sprays or treatments applied by the homeowner. At night when everyone was asleep the bugs would simply climb down the wall onto the bed, feed for awhile and then climb back into their hiding spot. Anyone that is treating for bed bugs must make sure to be very thorough. Every piece of furniture must be turned over and inspected as well as all picture frames hanging on walls. I don’t want to gross you out too much but I have seen bed bugs hiding in picture frames, shoes, stuffed animals, alarm clocks, and wallpaper.

With that in mind, if you are going to have wallpaper in your house, you might want to use a peel and stick wallpaper instead. Not only is it easier to apply, but it also has a much better finish and doesn’t crease if applied correctly. This will eliminate the danger of any bed bugs being able to hide behind it. You can get some really nice designs in the peel and stick range, like this mural wallpaper for example. One simple change could help you to stop the spread of your bed bugs whilst also improving the aesthetic of your home!

If you’re going to treat bed bugs yourself with over the counter products – just be sure to check EVERYWHERE for bug activity. Flip over furniture, check in drawers, check picture frames, and also be sure to wash and dry clothing too! The heat from the dryer will kill any bed bugs hiding in clothing. Also be sure to follow the label of the product that you’re using – it will tell you where and how to treat. If you live in Australia, you might want to think about getting something like Fly Screen Doors Melbourne. If you live somewhere hot, leaving the doors open is a must but can leave your home open to all sorts of creepy crawlies, including bed bugs. A screen door might be the key help to keep them at bay.

This video shows how important it is to check all cracks/crevices for bed bug activity…they find some weird hiding spots. If you need help or have any questions about bed bugs – call or email me anytime.

Michael Wrightson

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