When to Fumigate
Bed bugs become increasingly problematic when their populations are left unchecked.
The blood-feeding insects infest:
Bed Bug Populations
Bed bugs are prolific breeders, and their small size means that populations often grow unnoticed for some time.
The Decision to Fumigate
Homeowners may choose to fumigate once infestations become too difficult to handle with simple cleaning techniques, steaming, and store-bought insecticides.
Fumigation is usually considered a last resort due to its cost and labor-intensive nature.
Bed Bug Fumigation Process
Fumigating a home involves tenting, or draping the entire house in tarps, to seal the fumigant in.
Once infested buildings are tented, trained pest control specialists apply a poisonous gas that kills all the bed bugs inside. Fumigation is extremely labor intensive and entails the use of deadly chemicals.
Therefore, it should only be performed by professionals. While there is no lasting effect from the gas or residue left over, residents often need to wait several days before moving back inside.
Keeping Bed Bugs Away
In the wake of fumigation, house residents must remain diligent to keep bed bugs at bay.
- Laundry: Launder all bedding, including sheets, blankets, bedspreads, and mattress pads, with regularity. Dry cleaning pillows, clothing, and draperies will also help prevent a re-infestation of bed bugs.
- Vacuuming: Vacuum bed frames, upholstered furniture, box springs, mattresses, and along baseboards, and always seal and discard vacuum bags immediately after.
- Protections: Further measures such as placing plastic bed bags over mattresses and steaming your bed can be effective, as well.
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