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The Perils of Do-It-Yourself Bed Bug Pest Control
Posted At: August 12, 2010 1:27 PM | Posted By : admin

Live in Las Vegas and considering doing your own bed bug pest control and extermination?  Are your methods safe?  Will they actually work?  Do you know what pesticides or sprays your exterminator or apartment complex is using to kill and get rid of the bed bugs?  Are the pesticides safe or dangerous for you and your family?  Not sure, then continue reading:

Bedbugs have made a huge resurgence in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada as well as other cities across the country.

The bed bug resurgence, combined with the cost of professional pest control, is causing some homeowners to turn to do-it-yourself options that could put you and your families at risk, as stated in a new alert from the Environmental Protection Agency.  One concern homeowners and renters’ applying pesticides within their homes that are approved only for outdoor use. The improper use of these chemicals can make people and their pets sick, the E.P.A. said.  “When people become increasingly desperate, they start doing these kinds of things,” said Michael F. Potter, an entomologist and bedbug expert at the University of Kentucky. “It’s a concern.”

Other do-it-yourself solutions include the heavy application within the home of products like bleach, ammonia, kerosene and alcohol, and the intensive use of “bug bombs,” wasp sprays and other conventional insecticides not specifically designed to kill bedbugs. These methods are not only ineffective but can pose a fire hazard.  “Some of this stuff is highly flammable,” Dr. Potter said. “You can burn your house down.”

The E.P.A. alert also warned consumers that inexpensive quick-fix solutions advertised widely on the Internet were of limited value in fighting bed bug infestations. Among the products touted online as sure-fire bedbug killers are products like diatomaceous earth - these powders can kill bedbugs and are used by professional exterminators in concert with pesticides and other techniques. But when used alone and by a non-professional, they are unlikely to get rid of an infestation.  “If it was that easy, if all those products were so great, don’t you think the professional pest control industry would have this thing licked?” Dr. Potter said. “It takes more than just buying a powder to get rid of this bug.”

K-9 Sweeps LLC uses environmentally safe products for eliminating bed bugs.  Contact our office at 702-586-5179 for an evaluation of your situation.  K-9 Sweeps is your local bed bug specialist.


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