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What Kills Bed Bugs Instantly?

Understandably, most people’s reaction when they first see a bug in their home is “Ew, go away!!!”. Some prefer to kill the invading bugs, others prefer to carry them outside and set them free. Either way, the desire is the same: to get that bug out of their house and away from them as quickly as possible! Consequently, when you find bed bugs, you may be dismayed to find them in groups, meaning it’ll be harder to just pick them up and carry them outside or use a tissue to kill them. So what can you do to kill the bugs instantly? 

Removing Bugs One at a Time Likely Won’t Help 

Unfortunately, removing the bed bugs one at a time won’t be effective. Unlike spiders, flies, or other creatures that sneak into your home once in a while, bed bugs tend to gather in groups and stick around. So even if you remove one or two bed bugs, the others will stay right where they are and you’ll still have a problem. Even if you remove the items that the bed bugs have appeared on, this may not get rid of them entirely. For example, if you’ve found bed bugs on your sheets, it’s certainly not a bad idea to get rid of those sheets. However, don’t assume that you’ve gotten rid of the bed bugs because you’ve gotten rid of the sheets. They can easily transfer to other areas of your home, especially carpet or upholstery.

Can Sprays and Traps Kill Bed Bugs Instantly?

When it comes to chemical treatments and sprays, you may get mixed results. Most chemical sprays require direct contact with the bug to kill it. Bed bugs are very small and tend to hide in tiny cracks and crevices, sometimes even in places such as the spine of a book. Because they’re so good at hiding, it’s difficult to find all of them and eliminate them individually, which is what you’d have to do with chemical sprays. Bed bug traps usually do not work very well. For one thing, they don’t kill the bed bugs, they only trap them. If you pick the trap up to empty it and spill it, you’ll have to start all over again. This might sound silly, but it’s been known to happen!

Heat Treatments

Heat treatments are one of the most common- and one of the best- ways to kill bed bugs. They won’t kill bed bugs instantly on contact, but heat does kill bed bugs in under 24 hours. During a heat treatment, a home is heated to over 150 degrees, which is too hot for bed bugs to survive for very long. Since heat penetrates even the tiniest cracks in walls or floors, you can be sure that none of the bed bugs in your home will be able to escape the effects of a heat treatment. Within 24 hours, the bugs have been eliminated and peace has been restored to your home. So while there’s really no instant fix for bed bugs, heat treatment is fast, easy, and doesn’t leave the same gross chemical smell as most sprays do, making it the best choice to get rid of bed bugs quickly.

Are Bed Bugs Taking Over Your Home?

If you think you have bed bugs or are interested in a home heat sanitation treatment, contact Bed Bug Barbeque, LLC in Lakewood, Ohio! We use heat treatment to eradicate bed bugs and we offer entire home sanitation heat treatments. This safe, effective treatment is completed in less than 12 hours, and Bed Bug Barbeque, LLC offers a 60-day warranty for you to verify for yourself that your bed bugs are fully eradicated. Contact Bed Bug Barbeque, LLC today for a FREE quote at (216) 221-1227 or through our website, and check out our other bed bug informational resources on identification, prevention, and eradication.

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