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Bed Bug Removal May Not Be the Best DIY Project

No Fire

With the recent wave of bed bug infestations over the last several years, Seattle pest control companies have discovered that blasting the pests with 120-degree heat is one of the safest, most effective ways to eliminate bed bugs – unless you’re one of two Indianapolis men who accidentally set their home on fire trying to get rid of the pests.

Take note, homeowners in Seattle: Bed bugs are not a job for the amateur.

A Bed Bug DIY Gone Wrong

According to a recent news story, the two men found themselves in a desperate situation when they discovered bed bugs in their chairs and couches. In their haste to prevent the infestation from spreading to the rest of the home – and to control the problem quickly and without insecticides – they turned to the power of fire.

After placing the infested furniture in the backyard, the men used a piece of paper and a lighter to set the infested items ablaze. What they didn’t count on, however, was the fire’s ability to travel from the furniture to their home; it didn’t take long for the flames to consume the property. The result of this DIY pest control endeavor was $15,000 worth of property damage.

A Less Expensive, More Effective Option

The moral of the story: If you notice bed bugs in your home, it’s best to not take matters into your own hands; call a Seattle pest control company instead. While most homeowners don’t resort to the use of fire, many do attempt to eliminate bed bugs with harmful insecticides that do more harm than good. Spraying a bed bug with a powerful insecticide is like spraying it with harmless water – the only things the chemicals eliminate are the funds from your bank account.

Save your money and time by hiring professionals who can skillfully deal with Seattle bed bugs. Since heat is the one of the most effective ways to kill the pests, our technicians use specialized heat treatments that raise a room to bed bug-eliminating temperatures without burning down your house. And while the concept of heat treatments may sound simple enough, it’s best to leave this type of work to the Seattle pest control experts. Otherwise, you could end up on the evening news like the two men from Indianapolis.

[ Photo by: Mykl Roventine, on Flickr, via CC License ]

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