Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Pest control experts insist many "over-the-counter" treatments for eliminating bed bugs are not effective and that it takes a professional to get the blood-sucking pests under control.
However, that can bee to expensive for many people.
"Because of financial constraints that some people sometimes have, they're not able to deal with it immediately," said Kent Foley, owner of Arrest a Pest Pest Solutions. "So unfortunately it gets out of control."
That is why the Wichita exterminator has donated his services to the Wichita Fellowship Club. The non-profit organization, which runs a halfway house for those recovering from addiction, is the type of place where a bed bug infestation can easily get out-of-hand because of a lack of money for multiple treatments.
"It's a long process," Foley said. "It's not like treating for ants or treating for roaches or treating for termites where one treatment can do it."
Foley said there are some low-cost ways to try to keep bed bugs from ever showing up and for detecting them early if they do move in.
"The best tool that a homeowner has for controlling bed bugs is their washer and dryer," Foley said.
Those are the tools the Fellowship Club is turning to now that it nearly has its bed bug infestation under control.
"All the new admissions that come here at the Wichita Fellowship Club, they have to wash their clothes," said a worker at the halfway house. "They have to dry their clothes before they go up to their room."
Foley stressed the pests can show up anywhere.
"Because they're hitch-hikers, they're 100 percent indiscriminate," he said. "As long as you have blood in your body, you can be a victim no matter how old you are, how young you are, what your financial status, what your racial background is."