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Mistakes people make when they discover bed bugs

by Marty Venturini
May 21, 2018

People often act irrationally when they discover they have bed bugs.What are some mistakes people make when they find out they have bed bugs?

1. They throw out their bed, couch, or chair.

2. They rip up, remove, and replace their carpeting and padding.

3. They encase their mattress in a bag which does nothing to prevent the bedbugs living elsewhere in their home from feeding on them.

4. They buy cheap insecticides which drive the bed bug deeper into their furnishings and building to avoid the chemicals.

Rubbing alcohol is not a safe way to treat household items for bed bugs.5. They try to rub everything down with alcohol. This creates a fire hazard.

6. They buy or rent a space heater or flame throwing propane torpedo heater and burn the place down.

7. They put their clothes in the freezer.

8. They run their clothes through the dryer for a regular dry cycle.

9. They run their clothes through the dryer on high heat for several hours, but don’t treat anywhere else in their home.

Treating bed bugs in computers and other electronics will not damage the equipment.10. They don’t think to inspect their electronics such as bedside clocks, stereos, set-top boxes, computers, or televisions.

11. They discard their electronics for fear they cannot treat them.

12. They do nothing.

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