“I Found a Bed Bug in my Home!”
The first thing that people usually do is panic once they find out that there may be a bed bug infestation in their home. Does one bed bug sighting mean there is an active infestation? There are many variables to this question before it can be answered correctly.
After finding your bed bug, it’s crucial that you follow these next steps. Don’t wait – remember, bed bugs reproduce VERY quickly. One bug can turn into thousands in a short period of time.
- Clear the area where you found it. Clutter and mess is a bed bug’s dream. It provides so many spaces for them to hide. They’re small and can fit into even the tiniest cracks and crevices. So, for your best chance of finding more bed bugs, thoroughly tidy your home. Focus particularly on the area where you found the bug, and of course the bedroom(s).
- Check for any signs of more bed bugs. It is important to learn how to find bed bugs and how to spot the signs of an infestation.
- Call an exterminator for a consultation. If you think that you might have bed bugs – or you’re not sure – it’s best to call an exterminator. They’ll examine your home thoroughly and may spot something that you didn’t.
- Schedule a treatment. If the verdict is bad, you’ll want to start treatment for bed bugs immediately or as soon as possible. If no signs of an infestation have been found, it is in your best interest to get a second opinion. Bed bugs may be very difficult to find, even for a pest control company. Bed bugs are a breed of their own and are very different from other general household insects. Exterminators that specialize in bed bug treatments are usually more knowledgeable and have extensive experience handling bed bug infestations on a larger scale than general pest control companies. It never hurts to get more than one opinion and always read the company’s reviews, specifically for bed bug treatments. Previous customers will be a great determining factor when choosing an exterminator as well as the credibility of the company.