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How to Handle a Bed Bug Infestation

Learn what to do about bed bugs in this Howcast pest control video with expert Jeff White.


My name is Jeff White and I'm the research etymologist for Bedbug Central and the host of "Bedbug TV", I have no idea how I got into bugs and bedbugs and I here I am six years later and having a lot of fun working with bedbugs and I'll be talking to you about pest control. Oh no, you found bedbugs in your house! What are you going to do to get rid of the problem? The first piece of information I can give you is to not panic. There's a large misconception out there that if you get bedbugs in your house, you actually can't get rid of them. You definitely can! There are good treatments out there. You just want to stay calm and take the most knowledgeable approach to solving the problem. Now the first thing you're going to hear - experts like myself - saying contact your local pest control company; find a knowledgeable expert to come in and help you. And it's not about a pitch for the pest control industry. People always say, you know, "Well you're part of the pest control industry. Doesn't surprise me that you're out there talking about 'contact a pest control company,'" and it's not a pitch for the industry. A lot of the pesticides that you can buy at your local hardware store can actually be repellent to bugs and what that means is you spray them in your house to kill bedbugs but the bugs will sense where you sprayed and then stay away from that area. People find bugs on their bed and they spray the bottom of the boxspring but now the bugs may not come back to that area and actually spreads them through the house and makes future pest control much more expensive because now they're in all kinds of odd locations. So the first thing you should do is at least consult an expert. Bring a pest control company in, tell them, you know, have them tell you what you see, what actually it's going to cost; that way you can start on a good knowledgeable direction. Now, I understand that not everybody can afford to bring an expert in or bring a pest control company in, and if you need to do this on your own, make sure you do your research. There's lots of items out there that you can use that will help you get rid of a problem that don't even involve pesticides! If it's a bedding casement, if it's an interception device, whatever the case may be, there's lots of ways to help you get rid of bedbugs without even applying pesticides, but you may need to and if you do, make sure you follow those labeled directions. You don't want to use pesticides inconsistent with how they're supposed to be used and apply them in a very targeted fashion. DO NOT over-apply pesticides because you may make the problem worse to get rid of somewhere down the line. And so oh no! You have bedbugs! As I said, stay calm, do your research, contact a knowledgeable professional if you can and if you have to do it yourself, make sure you do your research. That way if you do have bedbugs, you can hopefully as quick as humanly possible.

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