Bed bugs are a feared problem that can infest your home quickly if no preventative actions are taken. The most frightening aspect of these little creatures is that they are easily transported from one place to another via exposed luggage and clothing. Every home is vulnerable despite your own efforts to maintain a clean home, thus making it even more important that you follow these 10 incredibly easy steps to prevent an infestation in your home.
#1 Vacuum Your Floor
Bed bugs can get cozy in anything that protects them well, such as crevices, cracks in the floor, and carpeting. For this reason, it is helpful to vacuum regularly to prevent an infestation in the event that you do bring bed bugs home with you. Pay special attention to the point where the floor and the wall meet, which provides a well-protected hiding spot for the tiny bugs.
#2 Cover Power Outlets
Though it doesn’t seem like an obvious spot, power outlets are actually preferred hiding spots for bed bugs. Because they have small inlets and have very little traffic it is common to find bed bugs hiding away in them until nighttime. Cover the outlets with a simple outlet plug to help deter them.
#3 Store Clothes in Vacuum-Sealed Bags
Vacuum-sealed bags help provide a barrier between your clothing and wandering bed bugs. These handy bags also remove air from the bag, making the space less appealing to living things.
#4 Cover Your Mattress
An excellent preventative measure is to cover your mattress in a sturdy encasing. Be sure that the material is durable and can withstand tears, which would defeat the purpose of the cover in the first place. Also, check that the cover doesn’t have any folds and has limited seams, which is typically where bed bugs hide.
#5 Clean Your Pets Bed
Bed bugs are not biased toward human beds only! They seek seams and crevices in any place in your home, including the beds where your pets sleep. Check their beds just like you’d check your own and take the same preventative steps there as well.
#6 Clean Up Clutter
By having clutter in your home you are essentially providing more hiding space for bed bugs. Keep your home tidy and be aware of possible living spaces for the bugs as you organize your things.
#7 Second Guess Used Items
Buying used household items can offer a lot of benefits but they can also be transport vehicles for bed bugs. Inspect your items before taking them home with you to be sure that they are free of the bugs.
#8 Don’t Bring Them Home from Vacations
Travelers unknowingly spread bed bugs as they contaminate their own clothing and luggage simply by making contact with infested hotel rooms. Keep your luggage and clothing away from possibly contaminated surfaces and to be safe, run your belongings through a high heat dryer when you return home.
#9 Look Out for Bed Bug Signs
Bed bugs leave behind dark fecal spots on mattresses and upholstery along with shell casings and their white, sticky eggs. The telltale sign, though, is actual bites on exposed skin. They are usually red, itchy and appear in rows.
#10 Inspect Your Hotel Room
Before settling into your hotel room inspect the mattress and upholstery for the listed signs above. If you notice evidence of bed bugs then tell the hotel staff immediately and request a room in a different area of the hotel, as bed bugs often spread to rooms nearby as well.
Don’t Fight Bed Bugs Alone
If you discover bed bugs in your home, your first instinct may be to fight them on your own right away. Though there are ways to help rid your home of bed bugs yourself, it can also make matters worse. Often times the home remedies only push the bed bugs away from the treatment and further into your home. At Fischer Environmental our team of Bed Bug Technicians offers a “Get Them Out” treatment program for nightmarish infestations.
Bed bugs can be scary and certainly do take a calculated effort to treat. When they do find their way into your home that is when Fisher Environmental can be of help. If you’re suspecting that bed bugs are present, contact us for a full inspection to determine the next steps that are best for your home. Rest assured with Fischer Environmental, your bed bug problem will be one of the past.
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