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Bed Bug Pest Control: What Works and What Doesn’t

Bed Bug Pest ControlAbout the only thing more frustrating about dealing with a bed bug infestation than the bugs themselves is wasting money on things that don’t work to eliminate them. There are plenty of advertisements for bed bug pest control devices that do nothing more than suck money out of your wallet. Here is the scoop on which bed bug pest control methods are effective and which do not work at all.

One of the first things you shouldn’t spend money on is the ultrasonic devices being touted as effective for bed bug pest control. They won’t keep you from getting them, and they certainly won’t kill any of them. The FTC even warned many of the manufacturers against making these unsubstantiated claims. Another caution is the overuse of chemical pesticides or using one that is not rated for indoor use. Spending money on bug foggers is useless, as well, because it won’t reach the tight crevices where bed bugs go when they aren’t feeding. It may get some of the bed bugs and thus decrease their numbers, but it won’t eradicate them entirely, and those that survive will continue to breed.

So, what does work? It can actually take a combination of techniques in order to enjoy effective bed bug pest control. One effective method that professionals employ is using bed bug monitoring traps. The bait stations contain attractants similar to those things about humans they love so well, such as CO2, 1-octen-3-ol, acetone, and L-lactic acid. These are most effective if you can leave the area so that the bed bugs choose the traps over you. It can take a week to effectively remove the bed bugs because they only feed one or two times each week.

If you suspect that you have a bed bug problem, give us a call at Sterling Pest Control. We have bed bug pest control methods that are proven effective, and we will also provide education that will help you in preventing infestations in the future. With experience in the Central Florida area dating back to 1991, our pest control services are effective.

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