Welcome to the Winter Season of the year! If you’ve lived in Texas for 1 week, you know our state has 2 temperature settings. HOT or ICED!! It’s as if there’s a child playing with the local thermostat or you’re ordering your favorite coffee. But the weather is undoubtedly overshadowed by the great joy we all experience celebrating the gift of Christmas and New Year.
Every family creates memories from a myriad of traditions and cultural practices, but one situation seems to be commonplace among them all. Time spent traveling and visiting one another.
This brings us to the pest of the quarter, the dreaded “Bed Bug.”
This topic can be summed up from the top questions we’re asked before every successful treatment.
- How did I get bed bugs?!!!
The source can not always be identified. But it’s usually traced back to hotel stays, buying used furniture, mattresses, bed frames, blankets, bedding, or a visit from an infested person.
- How do I get rid of them?!!!
The worst thing you can do is wait. Don’t trick yourself into thinking you can “Do-It-Yourself.” As soon as you think there is activity is the time you should call a professional. There are many different solutions for killing bed bugs, but at Double D we use a chemical application that is safe for family and pets. Just because you throw out the bed or couch, doesn’t mean the bed bugs are gone too. So hold onto your belongings unless advised otherwise by a pest professional.
- How much will it cost?
Bed Bug treatments are expensive. Every business prices them differently; we encourage you to call around. Most importantly, you want a company that will stand behind its service and your money.
- How do I prevent a future infestation?
Inspection is the key to success!! Look in all the seams, joints, cracks, and small crevices very thoroughly with a light before you bring anything USED into your home. If you are in a hotel, leave your bags in the bathtub while you inspect the room and bed. They have “blood excrement” that looks like little specks or dots and the eggs are clear and easy to miss but if you ever have any doubts, err on the side of caution.
Most people have feelings of embarrassment or shame but I’m here to tell you that it’s more common than you think. Get treatment right away. Don’t risk giving them to a guest or taking them to work or sending them to school on your kids backpack. Yes, that’s real and I’ve seen it.
Here at Double “D”, we strive to keep you comfortable throughout the year. Please call us if you have any questions or concerns. We work for you!