No one wants bed bugs to infest their home. After all, your home is your sanctuary and your safe place! These pests are problematic as they are difficult to eliminate once they take over. At Advantage Pest Control, we believe in taking preventative measures. Here are some tips to help you avoid a bed bug infestation in your home:
- Be Careful While Traveling
Many people bring bed bugs home when they travel. They inadvertently pick these pests up at a hotel or motel and bring them home in their luggage. The best way to avoid an infestation is to inspect the bed and furniture in your room and keep your suitcase zipped up. When you get home, place your clothes in the dryer on high heat for 30 minutes to kill off any hitchhikers! To be extra safe, carry around our travel size bed bug killer aerosol.
- Heat Wash Your Bedding
Bed bugs are very vulnerable to extreme heat. Washing and drying your sheets can help eliminate small infestations. If you wash your sheets in hot water cycle and dry in high heat regularly, you’re less likely to experience an infestation on your property but it is critical to also treat other areas of the bedroom, such as baseboards, headboards, and box springs.
- Be Careful When Buying Used Furniture
Used furniture can be the ‘Trojan horse’ for bed bugs. If the previous owner had an infestation, it’s likely your home will have the same problem too. The best way to handle this situation is to avoid buying used furniture.
- Cover Your Mattress and Box Spring
Encase all mattresses and box springs in your home with our lab-tested bed bug proof mattress covers. This prevents bed bugs from nesting in your bed, their primary hiding place. TIP: Remember bed bugs can hide in other areas of your home such as behind walls and in dresser drawers, so if you start getting suspicious bites at night, or see any signs, call a professional immediately! The longer you wait, the harder it is to deal with these pests!
- Catch Them Early