The Bed Bug Experts Answer Your Most Asked Questions

Here at Convectex, we get asked a LOT of bed bug questions.  Whether it’s new pest control business owners, motel/hotel owners, or even the do-it-yourselfer that wants to get rid of bed bugs now, many people have unanswered questions about bed bugs and how to get rid of them. 

Here are some FAQ’s that the Convectex Pros are asked:

Are bed bugs a sign that someone is “dirty”?

It’s important to remember that bed bugs do not indicate an unsanitary living situation.  The cleanest homes can have huge bed bug issues if the proper treatment techniques aren’t used quickly.  Furthermore, improving sanitation alone will not get rid of the bugs.  Cluttered environments can offer bed bugs more places to hide, making treatments more difficult and make it seem as though the infestation is worse than it really is.  But, again, reducing clutter won’t make the bed bugs go away; it will simply make your treatment efforts a bit easier. Everyone is at risk of having a bed bug problem.

Can I get sick from a bed bug bite?

According to scientific studies, bed bug are not known to spread disease or sickness.  You can, however, have an allergic reaction to the bed bug’s saliva, which is used as an anesthetic when the bug feeds. Typical reactions include differing levels of redness, swelling, inflammation and itching.  If a person receives many bites or if they are particularly sensitive to the bites, this can become very uncomfortable and in extreme cases, cause PTSD, paranoia and insomnia.

Why are bed bugs so hard to get rid of?

Well, they really aren’t.  You’re just probably going about it the wrong way.  The internet is full of DIY treatments that just simply don’t work.  These range from using various dusts, bug bombs, essential oils, spices, boiling water, and freezing items infested with bed bugs.  While these treatments might seem to work in minimal localized cases, they can also cause your bed bug problem to spread, making the problem worse.  Likewise, traditional chemical treatments alone are not sufficient either.  Many off-the-shelf sprays and insecticides claim to kill bed bugs, but simple, just DON’T.  Bed bugs are continually evolving and creating new resistances to commonly used substances.  This means that the treatments that worked “back-in-the-day” aren’t working as well, or even at all, for today’s bed bugs. 

To really get rid of bed bugs fast, you need to perform a heat treatment.  Bed bugs can not live once the temperature gets too warm (over 120 degrees F).  Their bodies dry out, overheat, and they quickly succumb to the elements.  The best part of heat treatments is it gives the bugs nowhere to run since the heat permeates everything inside the treatment area, including furniture, walls, flooring and anything else inside the room/structure.  To find out if DIY bed bug heaters are right for you, visit https://convectex.com/blogs/blog/bed-bug-heater-reviews.

How do I prevent a bed bug infestation at my home or business?

By taking a few simple steps you can greatly reduce your risk of having a bed bug infestation. 

  1. Do not buy used furniture (or at least give it an extremely thorough inspection before purchasing it)
  2. Know what to look for! To learn what to look for when doing an inspection check out our FREE E-Book at https://convectex.com/blogs/blog/getting-rid-of-bed-bugs-a-quick-diy-reference-guide
  3. Change your sheet and do visual inspections regularly
  4. Keep your luggage and personal items out of the hotel room, or put everything in the bathtub until the room has been inspected
  5. Train your staff to know the signs of bed bugs. Need help with training?  Check out our training materials at https://convectex.com/pages/training
  6. If you do suspect bed bugs, use the right equipment. For DIY heat treatments visit https://convectex.com/collections/diy-home-owner-bed-bug-heat-packages OR hire a professional using the Convectex Bed Bug Heat System at https://convectex.com/pages/providers
  7. Verify that lethal temperatures have been reached with every treatment. For best results use the Cimastat Verification Labels at https://convectex.com/products/bed-bug-heat-verification-sticker
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