How Professional Bed Bug Control For Your D.C. Home Is More Affordable Than You May Think

7/21/2020

Bed bugs are awful for three reasons. One, they rapidly reproduce in your bedroom. Two, they bite you in your sleep and leave itchy welts all over your body. Three, they are next to impossible to get rid of.

Naturally, any D.C. homeowner would want to eliminate bed bugs fast. But some try "do it yourself" approaches they find online, or insecticides they find on store shelves. They figure it will cost less than calling in the professionals⁠—but they eventually discover that the opposite is true. In today's article, we are talking about why it is important to contact Capitol Pest for bed bug services instead of tackling these critters on your own.

How Do You Get Bed Bugs?

You don’t have to do much to attract bed bugs. They seek you out for your blood. This fluid is what they survive on. That said, public places provide the greatest supply. These insects creep into the clothes and bags of students, workers, and patrons while they're at schools and offices or hotels and train stations. Once they've made it home with you, they'll crawl off into the following:

  • Mattresses

  • Fabrics

  • Couches

  • Upholstery

  • Appliances

  • Electronics

  • Wallpaper

  • Flooring

In addition to bites on your body, the stains and odors bed bugs create are signs of infestation. They release blood drops, reddish-brown marks, and brown and black feces. Look for these smears around linens and surfaces. Sometimes, their droppings are powdery. The odor they emit can be described as “musty.”
 
Bed bugs have oval, red-brown bodies no larger than ¼ of an inch long. They have six legs and two antennae. Both their head and bottom are circular; the top half is smaller than the lower. Their oddly-shaped midsection is tiny. Their translucent young emerge from white eggs.

How is Professional Bed Bug Control Less Expensive & More Effective Than DIY Methods

Professional bed bug service is cheaper than any “do-it-yourself” product because there is a one-time fee. You’ll continually spend money if you go it alone with these insects because, despite being $20.00-$90.00 each, independent items rarely get rid of an entire infestation. At best, they’ll have a temporary effect. Bed bugs can have resistance to them. More importantly, all eggs, young, and adults will have to come in contact with the agent for extermination to be successful.

There are health concerns with  “do-it-yourself” tactics too:

  • Diatomaceous Earth (DE): DE is a powdered substance that kills bed bugs on contact. The hazard is that it’s not safe for humans to breathe in.

  • Dry ice traps: Dry ice creates a carbon dioxide gas that’s powerful against bed bugs, but you could burn yourself handling it or die from inhaling too much of it.

  • Rubbing alcohol: The property of ethanol in alcohol instantly takes the life of bed bugs. The drawback is that it’s flammable and can cause respiratory issues.

How Does Capitol Pest Kill Bed Bugs?

At Capitol Pest, our staff has over 80 years of experience combined. The team includes insect scientists, animal experts, and biochemists. On top of that, we are members of national and state industry associations. We have the specialized knowledge, tools, and skills necessary to eradicate bed bugs from your D.C. home and any other critters that may be troubling you.
 
Our bed bug treatments are comprehensive and come with a warranty. We have fast-acting liquids, dusts, vapors, heating devices, and mattress encasements. We’ll coordinate with you to decide what’s best for your needs. Call today for a free inspection!

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