While bed bugs are hard to deal with, there are simple steps you can take to prevent their spread. Here are a few to get started:
Examine your area regularly
A routine inspection of your bedroom and surrounding areas can help you catch bed bugs before they start an infestation. They are visible to the naked eye and often leave behind stains. Be sure to check the folds of your sheets and blankets, plus the creases of your bed for any signs.
Also, depending on the environment, mature bed bugs can survive for over 10 months without a meal. In this case, leaving the area alone for days or weeks will not solve the problem.
Travel a lot? Here’s a great “How To” on Business Insider: “How To Check Your Hotel Room for Bed Bugs.”
Keep your things clean and organized
A lot of pests thrive in hiding places, and bed bugs are no exception. The more things you have lying around, the more welcoming the area is to bed bugs.
It’s recommended to reduce clutter in the area and clean it regularly. Another tip is to vacuum the place at least once a week.
For disposal of infested items, it’s recommended to destroy the item and label it “infested with bed bugs”. This is to prevent other people from having the same problem.
Do NOT use foggers
Also known as “bug bombs” – this kind of treatment is not recommended for a bed bug problem because it’s not effective. To be specific, the fog can’t get deep into the nooks and crannies of furniture where bed bugs largely thrive.
Quick trivia: Did you know the top three places where pest professionals report finding bed bugs are in apartments/condominiums (95 percent), single-family homes (93 percent), and hotels/motels (75 percent)? (Source: 2015 Bugs Without Borders Survey)
Get professional help
If you can’t get rid of them on your own, go to a professional for help. We are experienced in different treatment methods and will use chemicals that are effective and safe.
If you think you need the help of the Pest Doctors, give us a call at (800) 737-8189 and get a FREE consultation!