A common method for getting rid of any pest is to use over-the-counter chemicals to kill them. Many people don’t realize that chemical treatments are poisonous and considered very dangerous to humans and pets, as well as our environment. Organizations like the Center for Disease Control and the Environmental Protection Agency recognize the dangers of using pesticide and recommend finding alternative treatments whenever possible. Speak with a professional before treating bed bugs with chemicals because safer treatment methods are available. Here are several details you need to keep in mind:
Never use outdoor pesticides in your home. Follow all product recommendations and instructions carefully. More isn’t always better; if you use more than a recommended dosage, it could make your family very ill.
Hire someone who has experience in using chemical treatments for pest control, and confirm that they’re licensed and certified. Ask to read the labels of whatever they propose to apply in your home.
Pesticide poisoning is a real danger. Know the signs to watch for in any family member or guest: headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, and muscle tremors. Children are at especially high risk of environmental poison because they tend to put items in their mouth. Call your poison control center or 911 right away if you think someone in your home is experiencing pesticide poisoning symptoms.
Smaller pets can be harmed by these chemicals because of their body size. Monitor your household pets (dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, and even fish) after an application. If they appear to possibly be sick, take them to the vet right away.
While the proper use of pesticide chemicals can get rid of bed bugs, it can take up to 3 applications for a fully successful treatment – making this a possibly costly and time-consuming option. Even worse, chemical treatments are not always reliable as many bed bugs have developed a resistance to certain pesticides.
Other options, both safer and more effective than chemicals in ending bed bug infestation, are available. View our service options HERE. Give us a call if you have any questions about what’s bugging you.