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Why are bed bugs so hard to treat? If you’ve struggled to corral the creepy crawlies yourself, you aren’t alone. Take a look at the top reasons why bed bug control is best left to the professionals.

Bed Bugs Look Like Other Insect Invaders
According to the National Pest Management Association’s (NPMA) 2018 Bugs Without Borders survey, 84 percent of exterminators were called for other pests — when bed bugs were really the problem. If you can’t correctly identify the bug, you can’t exterminate it very well.

An engorged (fully fed) adult bed bug is roughly the size of an apple seed. These brownish-reddish bugs are oval shaped and often mistaken for beetles or small roaches. Not only does the bed bug’s appearance mimic other pests, but the bites it leaves behind may also make you think another invader is at fault.

If you’re not sure whether the apple seed-shaped invaders are bed bugs or beetles or if the bites on your body come from a bed bug, mosquito, or flea, contact a pest control professional. The first step to effective treatment is accurate identification. If you can’t do this on your own, you need expert-level help.

Bed Bugs Like to Hide
Ideally, every bed bug would live, breed, and spend time on the surface of your bed (as the name implies). But this rarely happens. If you can’t find the bugs, you can’t fully exterminate them.

While these invaders do live in beds, they also hide in some not-so-easy to find spots. The most unusual places bed bugs are found include stuffed animals, fluorescent lighting, wheelchairs, and purses. Along with these out of the way areas, the bugs also lurk in drawer joints, under wallpaper, and inside electrical receptacles.

If your bed bug control efforts have failed over and over again, chances are that you’ve left behind a few lingering invaders. It only takes one female to produce an entirely new generation of bugs. To stop the procreation cycle, you need to rid your home completely of the bugs and their eggs. A pest control professional knows where to look and how to find well-hidden bed bugs. This can reduce the likelihood of a re-infestation and make extermination easier.

Bed Bugs Are Hardy
Unlike some other insect invaders, bed bugs are hardy pests. According to the NPMA, these bugs can withstand temperatures that range from almost freezing levels up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. This makes temperature-related strategies (such as cooling down your home or heating it up) often ineffective.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), some types of bed bugs (such as tropical bed bugs) can live in higher temperatures. While some heat-related treatments can effectively exterminate bed bugs, these are best left to the professionals. If you want to explore a temperature type of treatment, discuss the options and effectiveness with your exterminator.

Never attempt to raise, or lower, the temperature in your home just to destroy bed bugs without expert help. This can cause other in-home issues and is likely to leave bugs behind anyway.

Bed Bugs Multiply Quickly
A female bed bug can lay 200 to 500 eggs in a 6- to 12-month period, according to the EPA. Now multiple this figure by the number of bed bugs in your home. A house with just three female bugs could have an infestation of 1,500 invaders in under 12 months.

To stop the rapid multiplication of bed bug generations, you need professional help. Do-it-yourself methods aren’t always fast or comprehensive enough to stop the quick spread of an infestation.

Do you need help exterminating a bed bug invasion? Contact Diam Pest Control for more information.