We have come up with a simple guide to help you avoid making some of these most common mistakes:
1. Not sleeping in a treated room
This is one of the biggest no nos. The only way for a chemical treatment to be fully effective is if any rooms which have bed bug infestations are inhabited after the chemical is applied. Any bed bugs or eggs which are not penetrated by the chemical need to be enticed to cross the chemical barrier. This way the bed bugs will die, eradicating the problem more efficiently.
Please follow the safety advice from the technician who visits you as the chemical is not safe until dry.
2. Wrapping up clothes and bed linens in sealed bin liners or plastic bags
Although this can create a physical barrier between you and a small number of the insects, some bugs will survive in these bags only to infest your property and start to bite again once the bags are opened at a later date. Bed bugs can live for up to a year without feeding – this is called diapause.
3. Throwing away your mattress
Although Bedbugs often travel over mattresses, in the vast majority of cases you won’t find harborages in them and so it’s not necessary to spend a lot of time and money on replacing them. Even if a small number of bugs are found in the seams of a mattress, it’s often possible to treat those affected areas with heat or none-residual chemicals.
4. Don’t bring new furniture into the house after treatment
We find that people often introduce new furniture into their properties after a chemical treatment has been applied. The most common scenario is that people have thrown away their mattress or bed and then replace it after their house has been chemically treated. Unfortunately, this is unadvisable until the infestation has gone. The new bed or piece of furniture will offer a non-toxic sanctuary for the bed bugs and so you won’t get rid of your bed bugs.
5. Flying, Jumping, Living in your skin or on your person
Bed bugs cannot fly, jump or live in your skin. Being bitten by a parasite, especially a bedbug can be hugely traumatic and cause a great deal of psychological distress. If you are being bitten by an insect in your own home and especially in the sanctuary of your own bed it’s easy to become paranoid about them. However bed bugs do not like motion or movement so as soon as they feel it’s safe enough to do so they will scurry away to a crack or crevice.