couple reviewing their items before moving out of their home

First of all, we hope you're not selling because you got bed bugs. Ditching a home is about as effective at stopping bed bugs as throwing your bed in a dumpster that is, to say, not effective at all. Here are two important reasons you should have bed bug service before you move.

 Most People Will Not Be Able To See Past Those Bugs

If you try to sell you home as-is, and explain that bed bugs can be eradicated with fumigation or heat treatment service, at best you'll lower the resale value of your home. At worst, you'll scare potential buyers away.

When selling a home, it is important to get it ready for the sale. Real estate agents suggest many things that help to increase the resale value, and speed up the selling process, things like standing on the curb and looking for anything in your yard and on the exterior of your home that might decrease your curb appeal, having all the screens in the home replaced, fixing anything that is broken, replacing old furniture with temporary rental furniture, getting rid of ugly wallpaper, finishing any room that is unfinished, and cleaning every inch of the house. Some will go so far as to throw a batch of cookies into the oven, or cook some popcorn in the microwave, to fill the home with an inviting scent on the day they show the house. They do this because they know that most buyers don't have an imagination. Without truly realizing it, their minds tell them that what they see is what they get. It is human nature. If you tell them that the home has bed bugs, but that those bugs can easily be taken care of with a bed bug treatment, all they will hear is, "This home has bugs." It is best to get rid of those bugs before the sale, and put your best face forward.

Bed Bugs Will Move With You

Do you know how you got those bugs? If so, you know that these are not insects that live in your yard and squeeze in through your exterior walls. They are carried into a home. You may have picked them up when you went on a vacation to visit a friend or relative. You may have gotten them when one of your kids had a sleepover at a friend's house. You could have gotten them from a taxicab ride, the library, the movie theater, a box of clothing that came in the mail, or even from your place of work. There are a surprising number of ways people pick these bugs up. This is because bed bugs are really good at hitchhiking. And, if they hitched a ride into your home without you seeing it, they can hitch a ride out.

The most obvious way you'll move bugs with you is by moving your bed. If there is an infestation in it, you'll just bring them with you. But, that is only one of many places bed bugs will hitch a ride. They can be in the suitcases you used when you traveled. They can be in alarm clocks, computers, and other electronics. They can be in furniture, especially upholstered furniture. There are lots of places these bugs infest. And to make matters worse, you can bring bed bugs with you even if you get rid of all your belongings. It only takes one batch of eggs for a new infestation to begin. Bed bug eggs do not require the mother bed bug in order to hatch.

If you have a bed bug infestation in your home, have a professional pest control company do a heat remediation treatment to ensure that all the bugs in your home are eradicated. It may cost you a little bit up front, but it is an investment that will pay for itself in resale value as well as peace of mind.

Here To Help!

If you live in our Tennessee service area, let Russell's Pest Control help. Our bed bug team is BedbugFree Approved by the National Pest Management Association. This 3rd-party auditing takes the guess work out of finding a safe pest control company to exterminate those pests. For more information, or to schedule service, contact us today.


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