Did you know that pest control professionals are contacted about bed bugs more than any other type of pest? This is because bed bugs are great hitchhikers. They are able to move from a site of infestation to a new home quickly and efficiently. They can travel around on almost any type of fabric. They travel on furniture, bedding, luggages, boxes and even the shirt on your back. Whether you spot a single bedbug in your suitcase, or you find an infestation on your mattress, bed bugs can be a huge pain to eliminate completely from your home.
This is the reason why it’s so important to spend time preventing the bed bug infestation in the first place. Good thing there are some simple steps you can follow in order to reduce your chances of finding or bringing in bed bugs to your home.
Gain some knowledge on what the signs of bed bugs look like
Understanding and knowing what a bed bug looks like, as well as what a bed bug infestation looks like, are the best and easiest ways to stop a bed bug problem early on before it becomes a full on crisis.
A bed bug’s appearance is oval, flat, and brown without any wings and they can be about a ¼ inch long. You can locate them in box springs, mattresses, bed frames, wall outlets, floor cracks and behind things hanging on the wall. These insects will usually leave behind something known as casings and deposit fecal or blood spots, which look like dark red or brown spots and smears. They leave these behind on bed sheets, pillowcases and mattresses.
If you notice any bed bugs or dark blood spots and you think you might be dealing with bed bugs, then you should call a pest control service or professional as soon as you can.
Always inspect your hotel or rental home bed
Although you might shudder at the thought of touching a bed that tonnes of other people used, it’s way better than getting bed bugs into your own home. When you are visiting a rental home or a hotel room, begin by pulling back the bed sheets and looking near the corners of the mattress and around the headboard. You need to be looking for bugs that are dark brown, or red spots and casings. Next, lift up the mattress and check underneath it. If you can, bring a small flashlight or use your phone’s flashlight, this will help make things easier to spot signs of bugs.
If you find any of the signs of bed bugs, or end up waking up with bug bites, report it to the hotel management immediately and ask for a new room in a separate area of the building at least a few floors away.
Give your bed at home extra protection
If you ever had the unpleasant experience of dealing with bed bugs, then you would probably do almost anything to make sure that you never go through that nightmare ever again. Getting a mattress and box spring encasement and other bed bug interceptors are quick and easy ways to help protect yourself and your bed against any future bed bug invasions. Bed bug proof encasements won’t completely stop the bugs from getting into your home itself, but they will make it much easier to get rid of them if an infestation occurs. After putting covers over your bed and box spring, any bed bugs that might be hiding on them will be trapped and then eventually die of starvation.
Bed bug prevention products, which usually come in special platforms or cupr you place under each foot of your bed, will also help you prevent bed bugs from climbing up onto your bed.
Be cautious when you buy second hand furniture
If you’re trying to decorate your home on a budget, you will want to really think carefully on whether or not you want to buy used furniture. Especially if you are considering picking it up off of the street. Especially used bed frames and mattresses. These have the biggest chance of having bed bugs and their eggs. If you want to use used furniture in your home then it’s important you carefully inspect these items for signs of bed bug infestation. You also have the option of treating the newly-picked secondhand furniture with insecticide sprays which will kill bed bugs and their eggs on contact.
Wash every single piece of clothing after you come home from vacation
This goes for pieces that you didn’t end up wearing, too. When you go on a trip it’s always best practice to bring along a separate plastic bag with you to put your dirty clothing inside of it. Bed bugs are a lot more attracted to dirty clothing than clean clothes. Once you get home from vacation, make sure to wash all of your clothes in hot water as this will kill off any potential bed bugs that might have hitched a ride to your home. This will ensure that even if they did make it in your suitcase that they won’t spread into your home by getting in your dresser or closet.
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