If you have ever experienced a bed bug infestation, then you probably know how painful, annoying, and harmful bed bugs can be. Not only do bed bugs bite, but they also leave dark spots on fabrics and in serious cases, they can cause disgusting odors within your house. At Northwest K9 Bed Bug Detectives, we are proud to help families overcome the harmful effects of this pest in Seattle, Tacoma, and the surrounding areas.
In today’s blog, we will discuss some of the different treatment options for dealing with bed bugs. If you are suffering from a bed bug infestation, then please give our team a call. We will be happy to help you discover the best treatment for your infestation, whether that is with heat treatment or another option.
Using Chemicals as a Solution
When people think about pest control, their first thoughts typically go to some form of chemical treatment. While pesticides can be an effective treatment option in some cases, our team does not typically advocate using pesticides to eliminate bed bugs. In many cases, pesticides simply make problems worse for families.
When pesticides are used to treat bed bugs, they must be used in a targeted way. This means that the treatment may miss some bed bugs. Moreover, the furniture and materials that were treated with pesticides must often be cleaned and aired out following the treatment. Some families have even found that pesticides made them sick following a bed bug treatment.
To add to these issues, some research shows that pesticides do not kill all bed bugs. Many bed bugs are resistant to some pesticides, and a treatment could just move them from one piece of furniture to another. When we treat your home for bed bugs, we want the problem to actually go away.
Treating Bed Bugs With Steam
Another option for treating bed bugs is to use steam. This option can be excellent if the infestation is limited to one area. That said, steam must be a targeted treatment and it is only effective to a limited depth. In many cases, bed bugs can infest multiple areas of your home. For these reasons, we do not typically advocate the use of steam as a treatment for bed bugs.
Heat Treatment for Bed Bugs
In our opinion, heat treating bed bugs is far and away the best way to deal with an infestation. Heat treatment avoids many of the negative effects associated with using pesticides, and it is effective in almost all cases. Unlike steam and pesticides, heat treatments do not need to be targeted; instead, they can be applied to whole rooms. With heat treatment, you also avoid potentially feeling ill after a bed bug treatment.
To learn more about bed bug heat treatment, check out our blog on investing in heat treatments! Northwest K9 Bed Bug Detectives is here to help you solve your bed bug problem. Contact us today to get help and we can explain the available treatment options in more detail.