Sometimes, you can’t possibly avoid a bed bug infestation in your office, different non-residential environments such as department stores, classrooms, and the likes. These places can all act as the perfect bed bug transfer hubs. The workers, students, staff and management have important roles in the reducing the spread of these bothersome bugs.
But all people that are involved in this war should be aware that some suppliers and individuals with the wrong knowledge can promote illegal and dangerous ways to get rid of bed bugs through online websites and the word-of-mouth. Note also that just because a bed bug ridding product or method is promoted as legal does not mean it is effective, smart or safe.
When combating bed bugs infestation, it is crucial to remain level-headed and patient as these insects are hard to kill. In simple terms, where bed bug extermination is concerned, the recommendation is to never do something out of desperation as only leads to more expensive or dangerous issues.
What is legal when it comes to bed bug elimination?
According to expert pest control service providers, you should only purchase EPA-registered pesticides that are labeled for bed bug control. Be sure to look for the EPA registration number on the label to be sure. Upon finding the number, go on to carefully and thoroughly reading the labeling prior to using the product. For your safety and those around you, be sure to follow all the label application directions and safety precautions. Staying legal where bed bug control products usage is concerned is that simple.
So what is illegal in bed bug elimination process?
A lot of people these days due to one reason or another are always looking for a quick fix when it comes to bed bug control. This approach to bed bug control is all wrong and can turn out dangerous if not ineffective. If you misuse a pesticide or are not careful in its application, this could worsen an already dire situation. In simple terms, misuse of pest control methods and products could be worse than killing the bugs itself or even the insects themselves.
Ministry of the Environment registered bed bug pesticides have been tested for effectiveness and toxicity meaning that they could be used without causing difficult to deal with side effects. In this regard, it is recommended using Ministry registered bed bug control products so as to maximize the odds of successfully and safely treating the infestation.
There are a number of things that people regularly do that are not considered illegal when it comes to bed bug control. These things though seemingly legal are all dangerous. These include:
• Using rubbing alcohol in bed bug control. This is a quick vaporizing compound that is also very flammable and could end up causing a house fire.
• Mixing pesticides in an attempt to make a more potent mixture. This is a dangerous thing to do and could end up producing a compound that is too dangerous to use in places where people reside or an ineffective pesticide.
• Using compounds such as helium, propane, carbon dioxide, and a number of other unregistered gases in an attempt to fumigate the bed bugs.
• Not following instructions on the pesticide container label
• Using pesticides that are allowed on surfaces such as bed frames, furniture pieces or even clothing. By so doing, you could end up poisoning yourself or your family.
What is legal but unsafe?
• Repeated spraying whenever a bed bug is seen
• Hiring inexperienced pest exterminators, particularly where bed bugs are concerned
• Opting for do-it-yourself heat treatments
• Opting for do-it-yourself freezing treatments
Why do bed bug treatments fail to work?
If your goal is to successfully do away with bed bugs in your place, then the job has to be done in the most correct way. Remember that bed bugs are so tiny that they can safely and comfortably live in cracks that measure the width of a credit card. This significantly increases the control challenge to all including professional pest exterminators. There can be a number of different but good reasons for failure of a given pesticide treatment where bed bug control is concerned. These reasons include:
• Inadequately preparing the treatment area
• Failure to find all the insects
• Overlooking treatment of the known testing areas, for example, bed frames, hampers and others.
• Not paying attention to the pesticide’s product label. For example, applying too little of the chosen pesticides will not kill the bugs but will actually speed up the development of a strain of bugs that are resistant to this particular chemical.
• Not following up on the time frame set for bed bug eradication procedure. It should be noted that most of the pesticides in the market today will not kill the eggs the first time they are used. A repeated treatment procedure need to be carried out later on to kill the hatched insects or the infestation might end up uncontrolled.