If you have bedbugs, it’s not necessary to contact an authorized pest control service however, it would be a mistake to not, according to the main message of an alert released from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in August. “Using the incorrect pesticide or applying the wrong one to treat bedbugs can cause yourself, the family and even your pets sick,” the EPA said in a warning to consumers, which was published from The Hill Healthwatch online. “It could also render your home uninhabitable to live in, and could not resolve the bedbug issue.”
Concerned by reports of risky pesticide use and the extreme measures being implemented by certain homeowners and apartment dwellers using DIY methods to get rid of bed bugs The U.S. EPA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an joint statement in July, cautioning consumers not to use outdoor pesticides within their homes as a way to rid their homes of bed bugs. Pest control reports from licensed experts in the field and the media of people slapping their bed, in their pajamas, and even bathing their children in insecticides from the garden is causing concern in public officials as well as the medical community public health guardians, as well as members of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). The use of chemicals that are harsh that are not authorized from the EPA for use at home may cause extreme irritations that resemble burns on the eyes and skin and may cause harm of the central nervous system and even expose the user to carcinogens.
There have been numerous stories of home and apartment fires started by desperate individuals who use highly flammable liquids in order to kill bedbugs. In January the month of January, a Cincinnati, Ohio man who was wiping his furniture using a mix of alcohol and insecticide started the fire in his home after his cigarette ignited the chemicals in the mixture. In July 2008 an Eatontown, New Jersey man was able to blow up his home when trying to control pests at home. A pilot light caused the spray to ignite and release gasses, which caused an explosion that destroyed the windows on the front of the house and set off an explosion which destroyed the apartment and caused significant damages to nearby units.
“Pest control companies reported experiencing numerous ineffective and potentially hazardous methods used by DIYers like bleach, ammonia smoke, fire and kerosene, waspspray and bug bombs and also concentrated pesticides purchased through the internet.” University of Kentucky entomologist and expert in bedbugs across the nation, Michael Potter, writes in Bugs Without Borders, Defining the Global Bed Bug Resurgence, a global study of pest management firms recent conducted by University of Kentucky in conjunction with the NPMA. “As bedbugs sufferers are increasingly desperate, severe injuries can result from such treatments particularly for those who don’t engage a professional to help,” he warns.
Bedbugs don’t always respond to treatment at home. These tiny insects which feed on blood of humans are difficult to eradicate because of their behavior and biology. In the best case, DIY home treatments could force bedbugs relocate, spreading their infestations faster. The insects are robust, durable carapace that is difficult to penetrate. To killthem, pest control products need to be in direct physical proximity to the insects Their eggs are not affected by the products that are currently approved by the EPA for use in homes. While they aren’t feeding bugs, they hide in unreachable areas that are concealed in small crevices, in walls and behind baseboards, beneath flooring boards, and in electronic devices. Bedbugs as well as their eggs are easily carried by clothes and other items and allow infestations to rapidly grow throughout a home or apartment. This mix of behaviour and biology is nearly impossible to eradicate a bedbug problem with just one pest control solution. Three pest control services that are professional separated by two weeks is usually needed to effectively eliminate an infestation of bedbugs and to make sure that all bugs as well as eggs that have recently hatched have been eliminated.