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How to Prevent Bed Bugs from Multiplying if You Can’t Afford A Professional
Some of the saddest calls I receive are from single moms whose children have scabs and rashes from bed bugs.
They can’t afford much more than the mortgage or rent and putting clothes on their backs and food on the table.
The bed bug pest control companies estimate was way more than they could ever afford.
They feel lost, embarrassed, ashamed, and afraid and don’t know where to turn.
Many times, I too have cried hearing their fears.
This is time for compassion and understanding for me.
I listen to them as they explain their dilemma so that they feel understood.
I then ask some reflective questions to analyze their situation.
I first ask if they had a bed bug inspection.
At this point, they are usually fixated on the fact that they can’t afford a bed bug exterminator service.
This is when I redirect them to new possibilities.
It usually starts with a few deep breaths and a moment of silence and I begin.
Understanding What You Are Up Against
FACT: Bed bugs are a year-round threat for anyone who has blood running through their veins.
They’ve become a worldwide problem and will be as common as the flea in our near future.
Infestations take time to build and don’t happen overnight.
We all need to be more vigilant in our bed bug awareness and prevention.
Under the right conditions, one female bed bug can cause a small infestation within a couple of months.
Then, like a penny doubled daily, can escalate into a much more serious infestation within 4 to 6 months.
Checking for signs of bed bugs will insure full-fledged infestations don’t build-up.
But not many people do that.
Read up on bed bugs and their nature on our sites knowledge base here.
Know Your Risk Factor
Some people are at much higher risk for picking up bedbugs than others.
Those with vocations that go into other people’s homes for example.
- Maintenance workers, plumbers, electricians, handyman work, etc.
- Firemen and paramedics [transfer patients with infestations on their gurneys and ambulances].
- Police [when an arrestee occupies their squad cars].
- Hotel employees.
- Those who work in certain health facilities.
- Those in call centers, office cubicles or anywhere many people gather.
- People with children at elementary, high school or college.
- And those whose homes are a revolving door and couches that house overnight guests often.
You get the picture.
Anyone, at any time, can fall subject to bed bugs.
I wish I could say that if you do X, you will never encounter a bed bug problem, but I’d be lying.
Bed bugs are here, and here to stay.
So, we all need to be careful of what we bring into our homes and on what articles we bring them in on.
Acknowledge any bed bites, tiny bugs in bed, baby bed bugs, insects that resemble bed bugs, or bed bug bite symptoms.
Don’t blow it off thinking it was a flea or mosquito bite.
If you travel, read how to pack BEFORE your trip and what to do when you get home so you don’t introduce a bed bug.
- Clean up the clutter!
- This may be the best time to go through stuff to see what you need in life.
- Get rid of things that take up space.
- Especially things in cardboard boxes piled in corners of rooms.
- Don’t pick up things that people have thrown out on the curb.
- It’s amazing how many calls I get because someone saw a cool dresser or couch on the curb with a sign saying FREE.
- Stay away from these things!
- Be very careful of what you bring home from a thrift or second-hand store.
- I’ve gotten calls from people that told me they donated bed bug ridden things to Goodwill.
- Stay away from bed bug bombs, sprays, lotions and potions. Most of which will only spread them further.
Don’t Go It Alone
You don’t need to feel alone when dealing with bed bugs.
Obviously, the longer you’ve had bed bugs the more work you will have to do.
But if affordability is an issue, get ready to put in a little muscle for a while.
Sometimes what not to do is more important than knowing what TO DO.
Avoid nonsense you read on the internet about dryer sheets, herbs, oils and such.
Don’t use bed bug bombs, sprays, etc. They will spread your problem quickly.