So often when someone has a bed bug problem, you hear about them trying method after method to get rid of the bugs, but to no avail. This is unfortunate since bed bugs can be quite a nuisance, interfering with your ability to get a good night's rest. But here's the thing: bed bug extermination does not have to be a cumbersome mess of trial and error. People who spend 6 or 12 months trying to get rid of bed bugs are doing it wrong. Chances are, they're making one of the following mistakes.

1. Not treating the entire home

Many homeowners notice bed bugs in one room, so they have that single room treated. The bed bugs seem to go away for a while, but weeks later, they're back! That's because a few ere hiding in a different room, just waiting to breed and spread. If you have the whole home treated the first time around, you can avoid this plunder.

2. Opting for insecticide treatments, not heat treatments

Insecticide treatments can be effective against bed bugs. However, you need to be very precise and thorough in your application, and you have to have the chemicals applied several times to address bugs at all life stages. It's easy to screw this up. 

Heat treatment is a far more effective and fool-proof method and one that you should only need to execute once. A pest control team will bring a powerful heater into your home and warm the whole space up to more than 120 degrees F. This "cooks" the bed bugs; they all die off. Even the eggs and larvae can't survive the high temps.

3. Bringing more bed bugs into the home

The final mistake homeowners make is bringing more bed bugs into the home after their first eradication efforts. This is why it's so important to think hard and try to determine where the bed bugs came from. If you think you may have brought them home from a friend's house or in a used piece of furniture, then you need to change behaviors to avoid bringing them home again. Don't buy used furniture unless it comes from someone you know. Stop going to that friend's house; visit them elsewhere instead.

Getting rid of bed bugs does require attention to detail, but it's not nearly as impossible as some would make it seem. Talk to a bed bug extermination company near you to learn more.

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