March 18, 2022 / Bed Bugs

Can you DIY a Bed Bug Problem?

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In the era of information where anything you want to know can be found with a simple Google search, DIY techniques have become all the rage for people who want to save money, be more self-sufficient, or simply like to know how things work. Pest control is no different.

The problem is that most articles may be overly optimistic when it comes to the effectiveness of these techniques, and this can cause problems when trying to control pests in cases where time is of the essence.

And when it comes to bed bugs, time is certainly not on your side.

Here’s a quick rundown on why DIY bed bug approaches are not recommended.

The Clock is Ticking

Every day that passes with bed bugs in your house, apartment, hotel -- wherever, the odds that you can DIY them away decrease considerably. While you’re searching YouTube for the basics on how to do battle with bed bugs, their population just keeps on growing.

Any species that experiences a population boom tends to quickly need more space.

Bed bugs are no different and will quickly start to spread to other areas both within a bedroom and then elsewhere throughout the residence or commercial building.

In fact, they can even tag along with you wherever you go – all they need is a purse, backpack, or briefcase to hide in. This could include your office, car, restaurant – anywhere that you might put your bag down long enough for them to crawl out!

Unfortunately, bed bug infestations are increasing for these very reasons.

As explained by the University of Minnesota Extension, “Frequent travel, being good hitchhikers, improved treatment methods that target other insects without affecting bed bugs, and a lack of public awareness has led to a rise in the spread of bed bugs.”

That’s why we are committed to doing our part to make our customers aware of the potential dangers of DIY-ing a bed bug infestation.

The Drawbacks of DIY and Bed Bugs

In addition to the considerable time lost and ultimately wasted, from trying to DIY your bed bug problem, you’re now dealing with a larger infestation which will prove more difficult -- and costly -- to effectively eradicate.

DIY treatments will more than likely deter bed bugs, rather than kill them; however, deterrence does not equal relocation. They will not leave; instead, they just continue to find more places to hide, while growing their numbers and becoming harder to kill.

Our Service Sends Bed Bugs Packing and Saves You Money

At JP Pest, we are continuously updating our techniques and products to not only improve the outcome, but to do so at less cost to our valued customers.

When you’re ready to call in the pros, we’ve got cutting-edge technology that allows us to effectively treat bed bugs without the need for pesticides or heat. This recent development has made it possible for us to cut the cost of our bed bug services in half, making them more available to our customers that need them.

While we believe in always presenting our customers with options whenever we can, in the case of a bed bug infestation it would be a disservice to recommend anything other than a professional bed bug treatment.

There are times to DIY, but with bed bugs, you’ll want to call in the pros. Schedule an inspection today.