Bed bugs can be a real-life nightmare for many people around the world, especially if proper bed bug treatments aren’t applied. When bed bugs infest a home or apartment, the mental and physical effects on all involved can be catastrophic.
Here are five things that could happen to you, your family, your customers, or your friends if bed bugs aren’t treated quickly:
- You might face unfair judgment
There is a lot of stigma surrounding bed bug infestations, which is primarily the result of wives tales and misconceptions spread by those lucky enough to be ignorant of the realities of a serious bed bug problem. Consequently, victims of bed bug infestations are often subjected to harsh rumors of being “unclean,” “dirty,” and a danger to the public. These falsehoods can cause social isolation and depression, and can potentially trigger even more severe mental disorders.
In truth, bed bugs are pretty indiscriminate about where they choose to live. They don’t care if you’re rich or poor, if you live in a big house or a small shack. In fact, bed bugs don’t necessarily thrive in dirty environments any more than in clean ones. Bed bugs don’t care how much you clean, they just need somewhere to hide. Bed bug infestations happen in mansions and five-star resorts just as often as in lower-income housing and budget motels. The difference between the severity of an infestation lies in how quickly you react and what treatment methods you use. The best treatment option is a heat treatment using professional quality heaters and equipment, and always act right away if you notice bed bugs!
- You may be driven to experiment with dangerous treatment methods
In an effort to eliminate bed bugs, people are often driven to experimenting with dangerous DIY treatments that can pose serious health risks (and aren’t very effective). Some of these methods include using harmful and/or flammable chemicals; cranking an oven, home furnace, or space heater up high enough to kill the bugs; or even pouring boiling water over infected furniture to kill the bugs hiding within. The bleak reality of a bed bug infestation can make you feel overwhelmed or desperate quite quickly. These feelings combined with a lack of sleep, painful bites, and paranoia can drive people to do things they might not otherwise do to GET THE BUGS OUT! But these treatments are typically not effective and can cause even more problems in the form of property damage or serious health effects.
Keep your home, business, and family safe by only using professionally approved treatment methods. There are even proven and safe DIY options available if you prefer to take care of the problem yourself. For DIY heat equipment rental options, visit www.rentbedbugheaters.com.
- You might think you need to throw away all your belongings
A very common reaction to having bed bug-infested items is to remove them from your home in an effort to trash the bugs as well. For smaller items, some people opt to microwave or freeze them in an attempt to kill the bugs.
These methods are definitely NOT recommended. Not only will these actions NOT get rid of the bugs, they could actually cause the bugs to spread to your friends and neighbors by moving items outside your home. All bed bug-infested items should remain inside your house unless you are instructed otherwise by a certified (IBBRA) bed bug heat professional OR until your space has been confirmed to be bed bug-free after the application of professional heat treatment.
- You might have to flee your home
After months of dealing with bed bugs, you might be reduced to taking extreme measures to escape the nightmare. Moving away may seem like the only option. You might be thinking, “That’s it, the bed bugs have finally won, we’ll just leave and start fresh.” But these thoughts are not based in reality. If you have a true infestation, then bed bugs are surely hiding in your belongings and you will just end up taking them with you wherever you go. Treat the problem, don’t run away! We have pest professionals that can help! Find a professional here: https://convectex.com/pages/providers
- You might have lasting scars
Bed bugs leave scars behind wherever they go. From their bites, which can cause allergic reactions in some people that can result in sores and scars, to the emotional and mental scars from extended paranoia, bed bugs have a lasting effect on many that have dealt with them. These effects can get worse the longer you have to live with a bed bug infestation.
If you have painful, itchy welts that swell or become agonizing, see a doctor right away. Advice from online sources is no substitute for the advice and treatment of a professional physician.
If you start showing symptoms of PTSD or are feeling paranoid, exceedingly anxious, or experiencing any other mental health impacts from your bed bug experience, you should consult with a mental health professional as soon as possible. Depression, social anxiety, hallucinations, and other serious mental health issues have been reported after bed bug infestations and should not be taken lightly. Professional help can offer some much-needed relief in these cases, and you should not procrastinate!
Bed bugs affect hundreds of thousands of people every year—don’t let them take over your home or business! Find a provider offering Convectex heat treatments, rent a Convectex heater from one of our certified providers or buy a bed bug heat system at onvectex is here to help you choose the heat package that’s right for you. Give us a call at 877-375-0005.