Have you recently started to get bitten by some sort of tiny pest while at home? Are you wondering what you can do to get rid of this pest so that you can start to live bite-free once again? If you have a cat or a dog, you may simply assume that your furry friend has brought fleas in from outside. Or perhaps you think that a neighborhood pool hasn't been cleaned out recently and has been breeding mosquitos. While these are possible, one thing that you may not have considered but that is increasingly likely is that you may have bed bugs. Although you may deny that this is a possibility, the truth is that there are a lot of misconceptions about bed bugs that can lead you to this conclusion. Some things that you should know include:
Not a symptom of filth: Bed bugs tend to be considered pests that are attracted to people whose habits are dirty or unhygienic. While it is true that bed bugs can sometimes be found in dirty homes, it's almost equally likely to find them in homes that are perfectly clean and neat. Consider going out to eat at a restaurant. Perhaps one of the other patrons has bed bugs and hasn't realized it yet. There might be a bed bug or two hiding in a handbag or almost invisibly in clothing. While this person is eating, their secret passenger climbs down and manages to find you. You now also unknowingly have bed bugs. While this may not be the most common way to get bed bugs, similar things happen every day to many people.
Pesticide-resistant: One of the biggest reasons why bed bugs are making a comeback is that they are and have become resistant to the common pesticides that you might buy if you went to the store to get something off the shelf. Because of their resistance, it's almost always necessary to hire a bed bug exterminator to help you to get rid of your problem. A professional bed bug exterminator will know which formulas are going to be most likely to be effective and which ones are most likely to waste both his or her time and yours, resulting in a more effective treatment.
Multiple treatments: Because of their resistance and resilience, it's almost impossible to kill off all bed bugs in your home with just one treatment. Your bed bug exterminator will help you to come up with a plan that will kill as many bed bugs as possible with the first treatment, but it's entirely likely that you may need two or three treatments before you're completely free of the pests. While in an ideal world, the treatment will be effective on the first go, the continued presence of bed bugs in your home isn't necessarily a result of any failings on the part of the bed bug exterminator that you hired.