If you've found bed bugs in your home, you may be tempted to try to get rid of them on your own. The sad truth is, many do-it-yourself bed bug treatments fail. There are a few reasons for this. Let's explore them.
Bed Bugs Can Develop A Resistant To Pesticides
As a bed bug grows, it sheds its cuticle several times. The cuticle is the protective layer on the exterior of the bed bug. It protects the bed bug from many things, including chemicals in its environment. Each time the bed bug develops a new cuticle, it is more resistant than the last. If you attempt to kill bed bugs with pesticides and fail, the bugs in your home will become more resistant to future treatments.
Topical Treatments Don't Work
Bed bugs hide in cracks, crevices, creases, recesses, pockets, and voids. They do this for two primary reasons. First, they are strongly repelled by light. Second, they prefer to be squished into tight spaces where their bodies touch more than one hard surface at a time. If you try to spray bed bugs, you might kill a few, but you're not likely to get them all. Sprays are topical. They don't work their way into the places where bed bugs are hiding.
Traps Are Only A Partial Solution
If you lay traps down for bed bugs, you can catch a few, but you're not likely to catch all of them because bed bugs don't come out of hiding at the same time. They take turns. If some bed bugs come out and don't come back, it acts as a warning signal to the bugs that didn't go out. This will cause the group to go into hiding until the threat has passed or lead them to change their strategy to avoid the threat. You might start getting bites while you watch television on the couch instead of in bed while you sleep. Or it might seem as though your bed bug infestation has been eliminated, but the bed bugs are just in diapause, waiting for the conditions in their environment to become favorable again. They can stay in this low-energy state for months, without eating.
Natural Bed Bug Solutions
There are many natural agents that can kill bed bugs. But they often fail. They may be topical and not reach bed bugs where they're hiding. They may kill a few bed bugs and warn the others of danger. Worst of all, they can fail simply because they just don't work. Vinegar is a good example. If you spray vinegar onto a bed bug, you may get enough on the bug to cause it to dry out and die. If you spray a liberal amount of vinegar on a surface, there is a small chance a bed bug might crawl on it and get enough vinegar on it so it dries out and dies. But as soon as the vinegar dries, it does nothing to eliminate bed bugs. Those bugs can crawl around on that dried vinegar all day, every day, and never dry out. Do you see the problem? Many natural remedies have these unexpected drawbacks.
Encasements Are Only A Partial Solution
While mattress and box spring encasements can help to eliminate a bed bug infestation, they may not work as a solution on their own. This is because bed bugs don't hide only in beds. They can be in other furniture, electronics, and even inside wall voids. It is also important to understand that bed bugs may be in more than one location. And the bugs that have established themselves in your bed could also be in a piece of luggage, a duffel bag, a book bag, or some other item they used to get into your home in the first place.
The Bottom Line
Fossilized bed bugs reveal that these insects have been plaguing us since the dawn of time. When you consider that they are almost exclusively indoor pests, and that they are rarely found in nature, it provides a clear picture of what you're up against. If bed bugs were easy to eradicate, they would be extinct by now. When these bugs get into your D.C. area home, it is best to contact Capitol Pest for bed bug extermination. We have been serving the greater Washington D.C. area since 1936. Our team has the training and experience to handle all of your pest control needs, including bed bug control. Reach out to us today for immediate assistance. We can help.