For six years, Denise Mayhew has lived in a duplex in Fort Myers Beach. She has built a life around it and intended to stay longer. But no thanks to bed bugs and a landlord who refuses to treat her unit, she was forced to move out.
Mayhew’s bed bug predicament started a year ago when a family transferred into the other side of the duplex where she lives. But not being able to pay the rent, the family was evicted. The problem was that they didn’t remove everything they brought in when they moved out. They left their bed bugs.
Not long after, the pesky creatures got into Mayhew’s unit. And as you might have guessed it, things weren’t as good anymore for the 56-year-old waitress. She is being bitten while sleeping and has to throw out a number of her things.
As she shared, she has tried everything to kill bed bugs but the pests are persistent. An exterminator said that both units of the duplex need to be treated to completely eliminate them. But that would cost at least $1,000, amount Mayhew can’t afford.
Her reporting of the problem to the landlord didn’t help either. Apart from giving her a bottle of rubbing alcohol to spray and ignoring her calls, he did nothing else. He even continued to lease the other unit.
Unable to do anything else, Mayhew decided to give up the unit. She plans to move out by the end of May.
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“Denise Mayhew had heard the rhyme, “Good night. Sleep tight. Don’t let the bedbugs bite,” but she never really knew what it meant.
Until a year ago.
That’s when some people moved into the other side of the duplex she rents in Fort Myers Beach. The family didn’t pay rent and was evicted, moving all their belongings but leaving their bed bugs.”
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Bed bugs are indeed persistent. And if their presence gets out of control, you would have to hire an exterminator, which would definitely cost you big money.
However, a bed bug problem doesn’t always have to end with such big expense. Early detection and personal bed bug elimination could help you eradicate them inexpensively.
Mayhew’s landlord could have done the same and avoid losing a long-term tenant. With those actions, he could have also prevented a possible complaint against him for renting out an infested unit, which could require him to pay for a professional bed bug treatment and probably, even more.
But what are the steps to early detect and eliminate those pests?
The secret to early bed bug detection is knowing the bed bug symptoms. If you know the signs those pests give off, you would easily know if you have them and you could act promptly.
Basically, there are four hints of bed bug presence that you must always be on the look out for. Remember though, you don’t have to encounter all of them before responding. If you got any of the signs, launch a bed bug inspection immediately.
- Bed Bug Bites – the bite marks those pests leave are red itchy spots usually in a line of three. They could show up hours or days after you are bitten so as soon as you have them, look for the pests as they could have already multiplied by then. The problem though is that there are some people who don’t get allergic reactions from bed bug bites. In case you are one of them, just make your housemates your “point of reference.”
- Bed Bug Spots – these bed bug spots are actually bed bug feces. They are small specks of dark color that are usually seen in or near the pests’ hiding spots. Those spots include mattress and curtain seams, underside of carpets, beds, headboards, closets and cracks and crevices on walls and furniture.
- Bed Bug Shells – bed bugs molt five times in their lifetime. And as the bed bug spots, you could see their discarded skins usually in areas where they are hiding.
- Bed Bug Smell – bed bugs give off a musty sweet odor. Hence, when a room is infested by a large number of them, it also emits a musty sweet smell.
Prompt Bed Bug Elimination
Say, you already confirmed you have bed bugs. And thanks to the bed bug signs, you were able to detect their presence before their population exploded. What do you do then? What else but to eliminate them yourself. And with the help of a bed bug spray, you could do that right away.
Here are the steps how to kill bed bugs promptly with the spray.
- Isolate the room where the bed bugs are. Close doors and windows and seal any gap in them to prevent bed bugs from escaping to other rooms.
- Cover other cracks that don’t have the pests. That limits their hiding spots, if ever they come back – which is something you have to prevent.
- Remove the clutter in the room but never move anything out. That could transfer the pests to the other parts of your house.
- With your chosen bed bug spray, attack the pests. Spray the product directly to them and their hiding spots.
- When the bed bugs are dead, vacuum them and make sure to seal the bag before throwing it out.
- Regularly inspect for bed bugs. It’s possible that they left you some of their eggs hidden in spots beyond your reach. If you find any young of them, simply repeat the first step to the fifth.
But why get rid of bed bugs with a bed bug spray?
That’s because bed bug spray does the following:
- Kills bed bugs right away. With it, there is no need to set up any equipment. And with the elimination process sped up, bed bugs’ chance of multiplying and causing you more problems is cut out.
- Makes it easy to eliminate the pests. You don’t have to master any skill or learn how to use a machine to kill bed bugs with a spray. You just have to know where to apply it.
- Reduces bed bug treatment expense. Because the solution makes the process easy to complete, you could do the elimination yourself. And compared with hiring an exterminator, personal bed bug treatment is surely much less costly.
A point to consider though is that bed bugs have already developed resistance to common pesticides. Hence, your choice of spray must be pesticide-exempt. And being one, as EPA has classified it under FIFRA 25(b), Bed Bug Bully makes the right pick.
As it is organic-based, you could rest-assured that Bed Bug Bully is safe for anyone’s health. Several pest-control companies, hotels and home owners could also affirm its effectiveness. You could also prove that yourself!