When you have a family, especially if you have young children, dealing with bed bugs is a little more complicated an issue. Bed bug bites are always frustrating and can be scary and overwhelming for adults, let alone for kids.
How should you handle the issue of having bed bugs to make it easier on your children?
Here are some tips for handling bed bug removal when you have kids:
Don’t disrupt their routine.
Kids tend to thrive with a routine. Going to school, brushing teeth, going to bed, and so on, are all typically an established part of their schedule. Don’t let bed bugs destroy their routine if possible. For tips on how to deal with sending your kids to school when you have bed bugs, read our article on the subject.
Don’t move them out of their bed.
As tough as it can be to leave your kids to sleep in their bed when you have a bed bug problem, moving them into another room won’t help the situation. Bed bugs go wherever humans are. Moving from your bed can actually make the situation worse as bed bugs spread throughout your home to find a food source. If you must move, launder your clothes in hot water to kill bed bugs and head to a friend or relative’s (or even a hotel) until you can hire a company to administer bed bug removal treatments.
Attempt to take their mind off bed bugs.
If your kids are aware there are bed bugs in your home, or even in their bed, make the routine of going to bed more fun to push away fears and concerns. Bed bug bites on kids can be scary for them. Some kids may find it hard to go to sleep, or dislike going to bed if they worry bed bug bites are waiting for them. Adding a fun element to bed time – such as a fun story – can help take their mind off bed bug bites.
Don’t leave them confused.
While we can understand the urge to protect your children from things such as bed bugs, don’t underestimate how much they know. Older children may be upset or confused if they’re experiencing bed bug bites. Bed bug bites on kids can also be more painful than on adults. Reassure them that you’re dealing with the problem and getting rid of bed bugs, if they ask questions.
Hire a bed bug removal company.
Bed bug removal companies have stronger pesticides and alternative bed bug treatments that aren’t available to the average homeowner. Getting rid of bed bugs quickly and efficiently typically requires that you hire professionals with appropriate bed bug treatments. Opting for DIY home treatments can work, but they require a lot of work and diligence, and can take added time, making them a tough option for families.
To Tell or Not to Tell?
The million dollar question: should you tell your kids you have bed bugs? This is an issue that varies from family to family. There is no right answer. If your children are asking questions, or confused by bed bug bites, it might be best to let them know what’s happening, rather than leave them upset, confused or scared.
Getting Rid of Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are notoriously hard to get rid of. If you’re dealing with a bed bug infestation and need to get rid of these awful pests quickly, hiring a Toronto bed bug removal company is your best bet for getting rid of bed bugs once and for all. A trained Toronto bed bug removal company such as Magical Pest Control has the expertise and professional bed bug treatments to put an end to bed bug bites in your home.
Call Magical Pest’s Toronto bed bug removal division at (905) 738-6676 for a free consultation. We’ll help you determine the bed bug treatment for your home.