So You Have Bugs—A Guide to What to Do Next:

If that phrase “don’t let the bed bugs bite,” has taken on a whole new meaning in your life, then you are probably panicking right now. Fear not, this problem has become increasingly common in the last few years, and pest control experts have become adept at handling these situations. Make sure that if your issue is serious then you get a trained professional’s help. After you have found the proper pest control service for you, here are some of the bed bug treatments available:

1. Inspection: First off, make sure you have bed bugs. If you are waking up with red bite marks, that’s probably a good indicator. If you are still worried, then look at your sheets, bed bug eggs or feces marks are telltale signs that you have a problem that needs to be addressed. If you are still unsure, experts have dogs that are specifically trained to sniff out these creatures.

2. Sprays: This is for those doing treatment without the use of an exterminator. Fairly harmless. These will eliminate those living in your bed, but not other parts of the house, where they could be hiding (they can do that). Make sure you thoroughly wash your sheets at high temperatures to get rid of any residual bugs residing in there.

3. Heat Treatment: Bed bugs, like humans are made up of mostly water, but in their case even more so. A professional exterminator can set up a heat treatment, which uses high temperatures to get rid of these unwanted pests. They are pretty effective and a great step before…

4. Fumigation: Of course if your problem is serious and cannot be solved by an alternative treatment, Vikane Gas fumigation will need to be used. Vikane is very effective, and will kill other residual pests hiding in your home, but it requires you to vacate your home for a short period of time due to its toxicity.

If you have bed bugs, make sure that you have contacted your local exterminator for the best bed bug treatment. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) does not consider bed bugs to be overall detrimental to your health so it’s not worth putting your at risk to get rid of them.