What You Shouldn’t Do with Bed Bugs

bed bug control, what not to do

To understand the infestation – BEFORE the treatment process

Many people will insist they have an infestation of bed bugs just by looking at new bite marks on their bodies. You should not assume that just any bite like mark on your body means that your home is infested with bed bugs. A physical sighting or sample of the adult bed bug or egg should be seen or caught to make sure that you have bed bugs. If you are unable or unknowledgeable to do your own inspection for bed bugs, professional pest management should be called to do a thorough inspection of your home. Bed bugs are known to be tiny specimens that can hide virtually anywhere, therefore, it will be very hard to see them on your own unless you know where you are looking.

Treating properly

If you know you are infested…

  • Try not to panic – Yes, bed bugs are a nuisance. And Yes, we understand there is a heavy taboo on bed bugs in recent times. However, with the careful use of the correct insecticides and patient and consistent treatment, bed bugs can be safely and fully eradicated.
  • Don’t throw away usable furniture – You don’t need to waste your money and throw away infested furniture. A common misconception is that all infested furniture must be thrown away. PestMall.com provides products like Bedlam Bedbug Insecticide Spray that can be sprayed onto the furniture. It is completely possible that all furniture can be cleaned and treated.
  • No Mix and Match – You should always be careful not mix infested clothing or items with non-infested items. Bed bugs can easily hide and move to and from any item that can carry them.

Thorough Treatment

Before applying any pesticide, you must understand what you are applying. This also means understanding all the risks that may be involved. The product label must be reviewed thoroughly before you apply the pesticide. A lot doesn’t always mean better. A planned schedule and treatment process will always be more effective than just randomly applying the pesticide or over-applying pesticides. Also, pesticides should not be applied to common spaces where the public will frequently come on contact with, for instance, the common lounge of an apartment building. This will prevent accidental medical traumas. If you know these areas are infested, the landlord or building manager should be notified so that they can make arrangements to have a professional pest management company come in to inspect and to treat accordingly. Do not use non-labeled materials to get rid of bed bugs. For instance, alcohol, will not effectively eradicate bed bugs. If bed bugs are listed on the product label and there is a valid Material Data Safety Sheet available for that product, then it may be good to use for treatment. Seek professional aid when you are selecting professional pest control products.

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  1. 1

    The bed bug control products that you find in our store are all professional grade products that have been tested and proven to be effective against the target pests on the labels. If bed bugs are labeled on the product label, it will work in killing them. The products you find in the hardware store may also have been tested but because the chemical content is a lot lower than the chemical content in the products provided at Pest Mall, they may not prove to be as effective.

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    It is not necessary to throw away your furniture. Being thorough and consistent with treatment is going to be the key. To be honest with you, bed bug control is not an easy task since bed bugs can hide virtually anywhere and everywhere where there is a crack or crevice, but it is not impossible. If you need any help with bed bug control, you can check out our products on our bed bug control page: http://www.pestmall.com/bed-bug-control-products/ or you can give us a call at 1-800-788-4142 and any of our representatives can help you with your treatment methods.

  3. 3

    I moved into a house a little over a week ago and I found bed bugs the other day. I had a exterminator come and he sprayed once. I dont allow my kids to sleep in that room now will the bugs travel if there is noone to eat? How can I tell that they were there before I moved in?

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    There is no way to really find out if they were there before you moved in or if they came in with you. However, if your children have toys that they often play with and those toys have been removed from the room without inspection, it is possible that bed bugs could have hitched a ride on those toys and infest other rooms. If not, it is also possible that bed bugs will move closer to their food source via the wall voids and etc. Although they cannot travel far, they will travel as far as they can to find their closest food source. Especially if they have already started feeding. If you have any questions on bed bug control or your interested in doing follow up treatments yourself, you can always contact us again or give us a call at 1-800-788-4142. Any technician that answers the phone can really help you with bed bug control.

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    i have sprayed my bed and use a lint roller all over bed before i go to sleep.the tape seems to trap what i cant see. i also took the tape off and pressed it in crevices 1-2 days after treatment and have removed eggs. i almost have it eradicated.persistance is key.been 2 weeks since treatment,should i do it again now ?

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    Hi Mary!

    You are absolutely correct. Consistency, thoroughness, persistence is the key to this battle against bed bugs. Since you treated 2 weeks ago, whether you retreat or not will really depend on the type of insecticide you used. Residual insecticides don’t need to be reapplied for at least another month to two months. Dusts, also, have long residuals and don’t need to be applied for at least another THREE months! Aerosols though, should be applied every 2 weeks to a month depending on your infestation. Good Luck! 🙂

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    I have bed bugs in my apartment that is currently being treated but in the meantime I was taking bags from my house to laundromat and in doing so I have found baby bed bugs in m car. This morning I sprayed my car with 91% alcohol and then put DE dust in cracks and betwen seat I am going nuts because I am finaly seeing relief at home but now car is infested. Please help me by recommending a products or tips. Thank you very much!

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    Spraying your car with alcohol may not be the best thing to do. Use Bedlam or Phantom on the upholstery once every 2 weeks. When you are applying the spray, the dust will become ineffective and it is also not very effective to use the dust. Remain optimistic about getting rid of them and be consistent and thorough! Remember also that you must review the product label for directions on application before you spray an insecticide. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-788-4142.

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    In treating for bed bugs, we sealed all of our clothing, linens and pillows inside plastic bags with nuvan prostrips inside. From what I can gather, it appears that we are going to have to wash all the clothing and linens again after airing them out but what about the pillows? Washing and drying them usually misshapes them and pretty much makes them unusable. Would they be safe to use after airing them with just a clean pillow case on them?

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    Hi Michelle,
    For this very reason, there are pillow encasements that are manufactured. Just like the encasement for a mattress, pillow cases entirely encase the pillow and if there are bed bugs in or around the pillow that was not seen, it is trapped inside the pillow. Refer to this page for pillow covers (http://www.pestmall.com/bed-bug-mattress-covers/) If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

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    I found bed bugs (small ones) on my daughters bed. She is the only one bit. I threw away her bed and searched the rest of the house, will no more found. I have someone coming to spray the place. There are none in the dressers or seen anywhere else. Does this mean though the whole house has bugs? I found about 15 in total on mattress and box spring.

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    Hello HelpMe,

    Although it may seem like the infestation is localized in your daughters bedroom, it may quickly spread. It is definitely good that you are having a professional to go out and treat your home, but be prepared to have them come out a few more times to follow up since it does take more than just one treatment to fully eradicate a bed bug infestation. You may want to have them inspect the entire home regardless of treatment or not and some key places that you will notice that they will check will be of course the beds, also nearby dressers or nightstands and desks, as well as living room furniture like couches or armchairs.

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    Iv been dealing with these stupid bed bugs for over a year when i first got bit i bomded my house and it seemex to work for A while now there back and tonight alone i found about 15 bed bugs in the other room what do i do help i hate these things with a passion o and can they make u sick from the.bits in any way

  14. 14

    Hi Liz,
    Bombing for bed bugs are very short term and usually not effective. We have a lot of literature on our blog about bed bug control but this post in particular may help you: http://www.pestmall.com/blog/know-how/bed-bug-treating-method
    Also, if you have found that many bed bugs already, you should definitely start treatment as soon as you can. Keep in mind that all treatment must be done only after thoroughly reading product labels of the chemicals you will be using and if you have any questions about chemicals, feel free to contact us at 1-800-788-4142.
    As for the bites making people sick, currently, there is no evidence of bed bugs being vectors of disease. This blog post might help you out too:
    http://www.pestmall.com/blog/pest-info/bed-bugs/are-bed-bugs-vectors-of-disease
    If you have any questions, feel free to contact us again.

  15. 15

    I saw fivecbugs on my sons bed does that mean iam infested also i have a dog could it have come from the dog

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    How do u treat a dog for bedbugs

  17. 17

    Hi rhonda maye,

    Bed bugs will not usually come from dogs. You can have other pests that have hitched a ride on pets like fleas or ticks, but not usually bed bugs. You should definitely consider taking a sample to the local professional pest control technician so that they can correctly identify the pest. Unfortunately, we do not have any sprays that can be directly applied to pets to treat for bed bugs. I apologize that I was not of much help.

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    I saw bed bugs maybe around a month ago I threw the couch away that was n my boys room also I slept on the pillows not knowing there were bugs I then threw those away saw a couple n my room I only have an air mattress n my room and around the 4thof july my neighbor has been knocking down walls beneath me I bombed sprayed and steamed my carpet did my childrens room and this morning I woke up to check on my son and turned my bedroom light on to find 2bedbugs on my blanket I am furious I don’t like bugs especially these I didn’t get bit thank god I just don’t no where they came from helllllllpppppp

  19. 19

    Hi Aggrivated,

    I totally understand that bed bug control can be very frustrating. Of course, this is because they are so small and can hide in virtually any crack or crevice. With that said, just one treatment of any kind will not completely eradicate the infestation. The bomb treatment you applied probably has no residual and once it dissipates from the air, there is no leftover killing effect. We recommend the bed bug kits on our site that are put together by the technicians here. They provide you with a variety of insecticides that can be applied in different areas for the most complete control. Remember, it will require more than one treatment application, but all insecticides have their respected residual times so always read the product label for application and dilution instructions. If you have any questions about the insecticides or bed bug control, feel free to contact us again.

  20. totally paranoid
    Monday, 30. July 2012 5:28
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    I recently discovered a a couple of bedbugs and called my landlord immediately. The exterminator came by did a inspection and found activity in my platform which is wood.. he sprayed a form like substance directly into any cracks he saw and he also sprayed another chemical along my baseboards and behind my headboard. Since this I’ve been seeing a few adults but a bunch of little brown ones. Is this normal? He also sprayed my couches and my son rooms where fortunately I saw no signs of activity. Is this stuff working?

  21. 21

    Hi Totally Paranoid,
    A couple of things that you have to keep in mind is that you cannot eradicate an entire bed bug infestation with just one treatment. It may take several treatments over a certain amount of time before you are able to eradicate the infestation. If the exterminator is applying the insecticides, it may take several more treatments from him before he can really control the bed bugs.

  22. totally paranoid
    Monday, 30. July 2012 15:02
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    Ok, so seeing more activity is normal after the 1st treatment? I am so paranoid I cannot sleep in fear of waking up covered in bb’s. I was told by the exterminator that I had a mild case and the stuff he sprayed would definitely knock them off. Prior to this Infestation I had already encased my mattresses and pillows after hearing about all these new cases all over the news. Yucky they are so disgusting. 🙂

  23. 23

    I saw bed bigs on my couch but decided to keep it but it has been outside in the eat for about 3 months. Will the bed bug problem still exist when I take it out the garage

  24. 24

    Hi Diva824,
    Yes, it is still possible that they are surviving, even after 3 months and so it is important to treat the furniture before bringing it inside. We recommend using Bedlam Insecticide or SteriFab to apply to your couch.

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    2 days ago, I woke up with what I thought was mosquito bites on my abdomen. I didnt think anything of it until the next morning, I had even more and some on my arms. I googled it and it looks like it may be bed bug bites. Some bites have gotten really swollen and I can make out a pattern of 3 in some spots. We did a little online research about what to look for and took apart our bed and looked around the room. I cant find anything. No bugs, no casings, no fecal matter. We vacuumed all the surfaces and mattress and box spring, then we washed and dried all our bed linen and clothes that were nearby. What else should we do? It’s hard to know what is the next step to take, if any, when we havent seen a single bug or evidence of a bug besides my bites. No one else is showing signs of bites. In general, my husband doesnt react to mosquito bites, but I and the kids do. So Im assuming that the bed bug bites wont bother him much, but if they were biting the kids, they would react like I do. Any advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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    Hi EH1234,
    Honestly, if you are not finding any signs, then you may just have a very hungry mosquito? But it is difficult to identify a pest just from bites or what looks like bites. If you are unsure, you should definitely consider getting an inspection done. You don’t want to rely on just one company though and you would want a second and maybe third opinion. Bed bug treatment, even chemical treatment, may be costly because you will be continuing treatment until you eradicate the entire infestation, so before you start treating for bed bugs, make sure you have them first. Once you can identify the pest, it will be easy for us to recommend products to you. If you have any further questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact me again! 🙂

  27. 27

    I got bed bug bites after staying one night in a hotel. Since more bites appeared after a week, I assumed that some bugs came home with me, and I had the exterminator treat the house for bed bugs. The first treatment was been done and the second one will be done next week. I have not seen a bug yet, but I am still getting bites. Could I have been bitten at the hotel and the bites appear gradually?

  28. 28

    Hi Diane,

    We do recommend inspecting the home for bed bugs so that you can make sure you are not dealing with an infestation. It is all too easy to bring bed bugs home from a hotel and so we want you to take all precaution. As for your bites, everyone reacts differently and so unfortunately, I won’t be able to give you a definitive answer on whether or not the bites are gradually appearing or if you are actually getting new bites. You should contact a local entomologist that will be able to give you a better description on what bed bug bites are like and the biology of bed bugs. If you have any further questions or concerns, feel free to contact us again.

  29. 29

    I had my third treatment today, 2 bit me….why are they still alive? They are using chemical spray, we also see roaches still after third treatment I am so fed up, we live in a 2 story apartment building, the lady next door has them too, i think bed bugs are coming from her apartment. While they are treating other apartments , problem is new people moving in bring them also old people dig through the trash and bring them back in…..i have 3 children in foster care because of this ! I wont get them back if the bugs are not gone, we were all chewed up, for their well being they were put in care….i can’t afford to move nor can afford preventive measures (would need to caulk everywhere as both the ceiling and floor have pathways due to not being streamlined plus seal electrical and other outlets) the carpets are infested with them. we pulled them back to see millions the first treatment. we had no bedbugs till neighbors next door moved out and people upstairs got exterminated…..livid, i am about to throw everything away and go into a shelter…..wont get my kids back because of this but what am i to do. getting the landlord to treat is like pulling teeth was lucky to get 3 consecutive treatments in a row. . but for what , what they are spraying is not working, i am so chewed up it hurts to move. i can’t sleep, frustrated and upset and about to report this place to housing authority.

  30. 30

    Hi Rene,
    Unfortunately, in an apartment complex or building, it is often times very difficult to get rid of an insect infestation. All tenants must be proactive in working together to get rid of the infestation. Moreover, there are responsibilities of the landlord to provide you with adequate pest control, however, much of the internal issues with the home is left to the tenant. Such things as clutter and other potential hiding spots for bed bugs must be rid of. Keep in mind that for large infestations, even just three treatments cannot eradicate them. It may take several more treatments to treat for bed bugs. The utmost thoroughness and consistency is required for bed bug control since they are so small are able to hide in virtually any crack or crevice. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

  31. 31

    should I continue sleeping in the same bed or should I sleep elsewhere so the bugs will die.
    I am getting a exterminator, in 2 days, but until then should I continue sleeping in the bed until the extermiator comes so the bed bugs do not move to other parts of the house? Yvonne

  32. 32

    Hi Yvonne eiffert,
    Moving to other parts of the house may put you in the risk of taking the bed bugs to another location and spreading the infestation. If you have children or pets, the bed bugs may even be able to hitch rides to other parts of the rooms by toys, blankets, and etc. When the exterminator arrives, you should definitely suggest a complete inspection of the entire home and not just one isolated area. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

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    I discovered bb in my daughters room there were alot under the bed frame and mattress, but they werent getting bitten,so me and my husband got rid of all the beds,dresser and put all the clothes in bags including the ones in my room and sons room vacuumed. We also checked the other beds in the house but there isn’t any presence of them. What should I do are they all gone??

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    Last december my family moved to a house and a few months later we were infested with ned nugs. 9 months ago we moved amd I threw out almost everything except our clothes which weere placed in garbaga bags and immediatly taken out the house amd my kids toys which were soaked im bleach water and bagged. Well now we seem to still have them. They showed up maybe 3 months ago and are bitimg my kids like crazy amd 1 is in school. We live in a super small place now and they r out of comtrol. Can they get into electromics amd is there couch covers lile there is for beds?

  35. 35

    I’m getting a new sofa and have to put it in my back porch is that okay… Exterminator said I have mild bed bugs.. I can’t see them and am wondering if I can throw my furniture out to bring new furniture in?

  36. 36

    Hi Dee,
    You want to keep in mind that bed bugs are not just found on the bed. They can hide in virtually any crack or crevice. If you only inspected your bed, we recommend that you also inspect the other pieces of furniture that are close to the initial spot of infestation. Simply getting rid of your bed does not reduce the chances of a continued infestation. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

  37. 37

    Hi Mother25,

    I apologize. I am a little bit confused about what is already infested with bed bugs. Does the new sofa have bed bugs? or did you purchase a new sofa because your old one has bed bugs? If the new couch has bed bugs, you can leave it outside, but you will have to make sure you have rid the couch of bed bugs by applying insecticide and doing a thorough inspection on it before you bring it inside. Since it was left outside, you should also check for other pests like spiders or other bugs. If you have bed bugs in your old furniture, you can throw them out, but before bringing in new material, you should definitely treat the space and make sure you have a control over the infestation. It may take several treatments before you eradicate the bed bugs. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

  38. 38

    Hi Amanda,

    If your place is infested enough, they may be able to get into electronics, although it would not be their first choice to hide in. We do not carry couch covers like the mattress covers and we are unsure if there is such a thing since mattresses and box springs are much more universal. If you would like information on bed bug control, please feel free to contact us by phone or email.

  39. 39

    Hello i used bedlam spray and sprayed my room my mattress boxspring even my kids bed and my couch.. So after applying bedlam spray these bedbugs are coming out of their hidden places last night i killed 5 little bedbugs 3 in my bed and 2 in the wall near my headboard my husband suggest throwing away the headboard and mattresses n boxsprng.. Please help i dont know how these bedbugs came to my house i started getting bites around the first week of september i ddnt know it was bb i thought i had hives because i was the only one getting bit please help me i dont know what to do i want to get rid of bedbugs asap before christmas

  40. 40

    Hi Nancy214,
    Bedbug control requires much more than just a contact kill aerosol spray. Because they can hide in virtually any crack or crevice, we recommend the bed bug kits that we have in our store so that you can use a variety of products to kill the bed bugs in all target areas. Kits will typically include a residual liquid concentrate that you mix with water and spray onto areas like the base boards or the immediate area around your furniture. Aerosols like Bedlam or Phantom Insecticide should be used on the frame of your furniture or in cracks and crevices around your furniture like in between the mattress and box spring. Finally, dust products can be used in areas that are not readily accessible like in the wall void and under or behind furniture like bookshelves, desks, and etc. You can also use dust products behind hanging wall fixtures or hanging picture frames. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

  41. 41

    is ortho home defense max good for killing bb”s. my daughter has been fighting the bb’s & i plan on purchasing encasements tomorrow. have you heard any discoouraging remarks about the ortho brand?

  42. 42

    Hi Marianne,
    Ortho Home Defense is not a product that we carry, so we do not have much information or even any customer reviews on the product. We apologize. If you have any questions about other products, feel free to contact us again.

  43. 43

    My great niece came over for a visit. She brought with her a pack n play. When she was asleep before i went to bed i saw a bug crawling on her neck, I looked it up and it was in fact a bedbug! Can we get infested so soon if we took her pack and play ioutside and vaccumed everything around where the pack n play was? I do NOT wanto get infested and need to know what to do? Could they have gotten out of the pack n play in less than 3 hours and now possibly infest me?????

  44. 44

    Hi Sleepless,
    It is possible. We recommend getting an inspection by pest control professionals to see if you have a dispersed infestation of bed bugs. After confirmation, you can start treating for bed bugs yourself. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

  45. 45

    My boyfriend had a boyfriend infestation months ago. He eventually threw out all mattresses, got new carpet, and called an exterminator. He seemed to be in the clear. I would get bites whenever I would sleep over his house. After his treatment, we both stopped getting bites.

    Now months later, I am back to getting bites. But at my own home. I have checked my mattress. No evidence. Have not seen any bugs. But I’m so scared of there being an epidemic that I will begin treatment.

    I can not afford a PCO. But I will take all precaution. I am purchasing 91% alcohol, Dicatemous (sp?) Earth, I am also testing out the CO2 trick, I will be vacuuming my floor, spraying down bookshelf, washing alllllll clothes and drying and sealing.

    Question.. What else should I do? How long should my clothing be sealed?! I also want to soak my mattress in alcohol. As well as my carpet.

    How can I reach into electrical outlets?

    As you can see I have lots of questions.

  46. 46

    Hi Over It,
    We do not recommend soaking your mattress in alcohol as it can be a hazard and its not a safe method or even effective method of treatment. For the electric outlets, you can access those by taking the plates off. All precautions must be followed when working around electric outlets. Clothing is sealed until you have eradicated the infestation. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

  47. 47

    hello i just found out i had bed bugs in my mattress and spring box and went crazy and threw them outside (trash). i only saw them in the bed. i looked around and couldn’t see any in the furniture but i am worried that they might be all around dont see any sign but cant stop thinking about it do you think their all over the house

  48. 48

    Hi Sandra,
    Yes, even though you have thrown away all the furniture, it is possible that they have hid in the wall void area or in other cracks and crevices. However, we are unable to determine that without inspecting. We recommend that you get an inspection done by a licensed professional so that you can determine if you have a bed bug infestation or not. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

  49. 49

    Hello,
    I thought I had a single bed bug bite one day but trying to battle my hypochondria I convinced myself that it was not. About a week later I found one welt on my back and within hours I had 40 or so only ont my back and bum. I was not sure If these bed bugs were in my apartment or car. I could not find any signs in my apartment, had it fumigated As well as the apartments surrounding mine and then did not move back in to my apartment for a week. The next day I found a welt on my back and moved back out of my apartment. I spoke with the exterminators who said they found no signs of bed bugs in my apartment or those surrounding mine. I then think I found an exoskeleton in my car and got it fumigated. After convincing myself that they were in the car I bought dry ice and put it in climb up trays and found no bed bugs in the trap. I moved back into my apartment 3 days ago and for the first time found either a dead bed bug or an exoskeleton and think I have another bite. What is happening? This has made crazy, I can’t sleep and I am inconveniencing many lives with this constant fear and potential infestation. Help, please .

  50. 50

    Hi Kelly,
    It sure does sound like a bed bug problem, but since inspections say that it is not, it is slightly confusing as to what it can be. You may be getting an allergic reaction to food or a skincare product you are using. You can check the mattress and the bed or other furniture yourself and look for signs of bed bugs. If you have found an exoskeleton or the bug itself, take it to a local entomologist or a pest control company and they can identify the pest for you. Until a correct identification has been completed, we are unable to assist you to products to use. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

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