You may think that bed bugs will never be a pest you will have to be concerned about, but chances are, you could end up with a few of these critters in your home at some point. Studies have shown that at least one out of every five people have experienced a bed bug problem in their own home or they know someone who has. If you end up being one of the people who discovers that bed bugs have decided to shack up with you in your house, there are a few critical mistakes you have to avoid.
Mistake: Assuming that discarding your mattresses is the best way to get rid of the bugs.
Why? It is true that the primary place for bed bugs to try and hide out in the house will be in the mattress, as this gives them access to easy food while you sleep. However, these critters can just as easily be hiding out in other places around the house as well. The sofa, the carpet, and even under wallpaper or in electric outlets are other places where bed bugs will try to hide out. Therefore, just throwing out mattresses will rarely eliminate the problem.
Mistake: Not letting friends and family members know that there is a problem.
Why? When homeowners have an issue with pests in the home, they often keep the problem quiet out of embarrassment, even though there is really little fault or anything to be ashamed of at all. This is especially true when it comes to bed bugs. However, not telling friends and family members that you have a bed bug problem could leave them at risk for packing the pests home to their own home, which can also make it more difficult for you to eliminate bugs if a specific person visits often. Bed bugs can and will travel on clothing and in purses or briefcases if they get the chance, making it possible for them to be transferred from home to home with ease.
The basic fact is, bed bugs are a seriously big problem if they make their way into your home, and it is rarely wise to try to tackle the situation on your own without professional help. If you have spotted bed bugs at your house, even if it is just a few, be sure to talk to a professional pest control company for advice.