Killing Bedbugs

Have you found a recent infestation of bedbugs? Treatments should be arranged as soon as possible to avoid spreading the bugs and avoid any potential issues later on. When aiming to eliminate bedbugs, they must be killed rather than repelled as they will often come back and breed all over again. There are a number of techniques you can try at home, although the best tried and true method is to hire a professional pest control company such as Arizona Organic Pest & Termite Control. Bedbugs are nasty pests that are incredibly difficult to eliminate – just one female bedbug can lay up to 300 eggs in its lifetime, enough to start three more generations of bedbugs! Read ahead to learn some tricks to killing bedbugs.

Using Heat

Bedbugs are susceptible to high temperature, so using heat is a good choice to kill them. As long as you can maintain long exposures of high heat, there is a good chance you will be able to eliminate them. On average, the temperature should be over 120 degrees Fahrenheit in – here are some more specific tips, depending on where the infestation is at.

  • If bedbugs are inside your bedding, you can strip the bed and wash the sheets on a high temperature for 20 minutes.
  • If rugs, carpets, or other furniture are infested, your best bet is to move it outside under the sun and to let it sit for a minimum of one day before reinspecting. 
  • Buy a bedbug-specific heating device. These are available around $300 or so and must be operated according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Using Insecticides

Insecticides are a riskier method to use, as they pose potential health problems for your family and pets. You must be very careful when using insecticides to make sure the application dosage is correct and that any necessary measures are taken. While there are many available insecticides, you must choose one specific to bedbugs and follow those directions. In order to eliminate the most amount of risk and to protect your health, carefully follow any directions listed.

Unconventional Treatments

There are a few methods not quite as commonly used, but may still be useful depending on the circumstances. 

  • Vacuum the infected area – while vacuuming alone may not solve the problem, it can be used in conjunction with other treatment methods to keep bedbugs away. 
  • Diatomaceous Earth can also be used to dehydrate and eliminate bedbugs within a couple of hours.

The two methods above may be effective in some circumstances, but your best chances of eliminating the pests before they can cause real problems are through the help of a professional pest control company. Arizona Organic is here to help protect you and your family from these types of pests, so call today and schedule your inspection today!