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The DIY Conundrum: Bed Bug Control Realities In Orange County

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Though nobody in Orange County likes to think about it, bed bugs are a looming threat for just about every California resident. Even worse, bed bug removal only gets more expensive and difficult over time, and that's doubly true if you attempt to eliminate bed bug problems yourself before calling in the professionals. Fortunately, The PEST Group is here to protect Orange County from the nightmare of bed bugs. 

How To Tell If You Have A Bed Bug Infestation In Your Home

Bed bugs are sneaky pests, and they can invade your home and live in it for weeks and even months before you realize there's a problem. Though bed bugs are not actually microscopic, they are still very hard to see with the naked eye. That combined with their incredible talent for hiding means you may have a serious bed bug problem without ever seeing a bed bug, so you'll have to look for other signs. 

Bed bug bitesare one of the most obvious signs that you have a bed bug problem. However, it's easy to mistake bed bug bites for other insect bites, such as those of fleas or mosquitoes. Though bed bug bites may look similar to the bites of these other insects, they will almost always appear in lines or clusters where your body came in contact with the bed during sleep.

Other signs of bed bugs include: 

  • Tiny blood stains on bedding

  • Bed bug eggs that look like tiny white sesame seeds

  • Bed bug exoskeletons or bodies

  • Live bed bugs

You might not see live bed bugs during the initial stages of the infestation, but if they become populous enough, you will start to see them. 

Why Bed Bugs Are So Hard To Get Rid Of

Bed bug infestations are some of the most stubborn and difficult pest infestations to eliminate. This is not just because there are not many products on the market that can effectively eradicate entire infestations of bed bugs. It's also because they are so good at spreading themselves throughout your house. Unfortunately, bed bugs do not live up to their name. They don't just live in your bed. They can live everywhere in your house. This means that trying to deal with them using at-home remedies on your mattress will not work. 

You might get rid of the bed bugs in your mattress, but the bed bugs hiding in your carpet, your bed frame, your walls, and everywhere else in your house will come running to replace them. 

DIY Bed Bug Control Is Not The Best Solution

You might've seen articles on the internet espousing the wonders of DIY bed bug control methods like diatomaceous earth or essential oils. Don't believe these articles. We've already discussed the fact that bed bugs can spread and hide throughout your entire house.

Even if these methods were effective, there’s no way to spread diatomaceous earth on every surface or cover your whole house with essential oils. In addition, DIY methods don’t eliminate every bed bug, so the population will quickly grow back to its original size or larger. Because of this, DIY bed bug remedies are simply not effective ways to eliminate bed bug infestations. The only thing that eliminates bed bugs entirely is professional bed bug control. 

Seek Professional Help To Rid Your Home Of Bed Bugs For Good!

Here at The PEST Group, our bed bug experts are trained in the use of professional-grade products that are much more effective against entire bed bug infestations than anything you can use at home. 

Our pest professionals will inspect your home to find all the places bed bugs are living and breeding. This allows them to formulate a plan that will rid your whole house, not just your mattress, of these unsettling and stubborn pests. 

So don’t waste your time and money on products that will do nothing but allow your infestation to get bigger. Visit our contact page or give us a call to schedule your bed bug inspection today!