Are There Bed Bugs in Your Car?

Do you have Bed Bugs in your Car?

You may not think of bed bugs and cars in the same sentence, but vehicle infestations are more common than you’d imagine.  Typically bed bugs in your car are found more during the summer months (primarily because people travel more during this season) but bedbugs can survive year round, lingering in car seats and upholstery stemming from dragging luggage from hotel to car and transporting goods bought from garage sales and flea markets to your home.

The first step is prevention, as ridding your bed bugs in your car is not an easy chore. Extermination requires the use of chemicals and/or high heat, and if not used properly, can damage the interior of your vehicle and can cost over $1,000, so it is important to take precautionary measures. Bedbugs are attracted to clutter, so clean your car often to remove any potential hiding spaces for bed bugs. Remove all garbage from your vehicle, do not store any items in your car, and clean and vacuum the interior often – especially in the summer months. Always remember, bedbugs can survive through the colder months so continue to keep the interior of your car clean year round.

If you already find an infestation on your hands, there are treatment options. The most common treatment for vehicle infestations is Sulfuryl Fluoride (aka Vikane.) Some advantages of this method are:

  • It is colorless, odorless, tasteless and leaves no residue behind (can be used on food.)
  • It is 100% effective in one treatment
  • It is the quickest way to kill bed bugs; removing infestations completely in one treatment saves time and money
  • Fumigation treatments reach areas topical chemicals, sprays, dusts and aerosols cannot. The gas finds and kills bed bugs so you don’t have to

You may be asking yourself why the particular chemical, Sulfuryl Fluoride, is used to treat bedbugs. This chemical possesses key characteristics for successful eradication of structure-infesting insects, such as: it is non-flammable and non-corrosive (AKA safe on your vehicle,) can be used on sensitive materials and electronics, dissipates rapidly during the venting process and quickly penetrates structural materials.

I hope you find this bit of information helpful to you. Always remember, do not attempt to exterminate bed bugs on your own. Contact a consultant, (who have a 100% removal guarantee) and they will find you a professional to exterminate, safely and correctly, the first time around. Take care this summer!

For further information contact Bed Bugs and Beyond Consultants at 888-410-1333

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