How to get rid of bed bugs quickly

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Controlling bed bugs and bed bug removal takes both time and patience. The biology of bed bugs dictates this because the bugs reproduce so quickly and their eggs are also resistant to many methods of pest control, both chemical and non-chemical. There are a variety of techniques and bed bug removal that have been found to be effective against pesky bed bugs. Integrated pest management is the type of bed bug removal that is both an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management. Integrated pest management programs use the information on the life cycles of bed bugs and their interaction with people and the environment. This information, when combined with available pest control methods, is used to help manage pest damage by the most cost-effective means, and with the least possible hazard to people, the environment and their property. Interactive pest management takes advantage of all appropriate bed bug removal options, including the use of pesticides. Although bed bugs may sometimes be controlled with non-chemical ways alone, the natural approach can often be difficult, and sometimes less effective. Bed bug removal and control is most effective when you use an integrated pest management approach implemented with diligent participation by the residents. In places such as multi-family housing, there needs to be diligent participation of the building management also.

When it comes to bed bug removal, you can start by trying the non-chemical methods first. You want to start by clearing out any clutter and putting any bedding or clothing in the dryer at high temperatures for at least 30 minutes to kill the bed bugs. Just washing the bedding will not kill the bed bugs. Items that can't go in the dryer such as furniture, luggage and other items will need to get some sort of heat-generating device or in a specially constructed heating unit, some of which are portable. Cold treatments below 0 ºF for at least four days can also eliminate some infestations. The cooler the temperature, the less time that is needed to for bed bug removal. Home freezers may not cold be enough to help kill bed bugs. You want to be sure and always use a thermometer to measure the correct temperature. Be sure to use mattress, box spring, and pillow encasements to help trap bed bugs and also to help detect infestations. Use monitoring devices such as bed bug interceptors also to ensure that the bed bugs have been truly eradicated.

If natural bed bug removal and house cleaning tips don't work for your bed bug infestation, you may have to consult and hire professionals to lead the effort. Because professionals can be expensive, you want to research your bed bug removal options to find the best fit for you. Anyone you hire should use integrated pest management which will include monitoring for any bed bugs that have been missed during treatment. Because this is your home, you also want to help too. You want to be sure to maximize your chances for bed bug removal success when working with a professional. Get a bed bug or pest management professional involved as soon as possible. As taking your time to treat the problem could help the infestation to spread. Prepare for multiple visits from a professional, as very few bed bug infestations are controlled with only one treatment. Hire a professional who is experienced in treating bed bug infestations.

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