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Preventing Bed Bug Infestation

15
Aug

Preventing Bed Bug Infestation.  Bed bugs are excellent travelers and often make their way to new sites by hitchhiking on furniture, in luggage, on clothing, on bedding or in boxes. When you travel, always be sure to read the reviews to look for reports of bed bugs. You can also take some simple steps when you arrive at a hotel to inspect for bed bugs and choose a different hotel if you find them.

Preventing Bed Bug Infestation

Here are some key ways to help you prevent or avoid a bed bug infestation:

  • Always fully inspect hotel rooms when traveling.
  • While you inspect the hotel room, store luggage in the bathtub where bed bugs are less likely to be.
  • Inspect the luggage rack in your hotel room.
  • Inspect the bedding and mattresses in your hotel room, especially along the seams.
  • During your hotel stay, store your luggage up on a shelf instead of on the floor.
  • Inspect secondhand or used purchases like beds, sofas and other furniture for bed bugs before you bring them home.
  • Vacuum often to capture any bed bugs that have hitchhiked to your home.
  • Be cautious when using any shared laundry facilities and dry clothing on high heat to kill any bed bugs that might have transferred to your clothing.
  • Install door sweeps on your doors to help keep bed bugs from traveling from room to room.
  • If you live in an apartment, condo or townhome, seal cracks around baseboards and light switches to discourage bed bugs from moving through the walls into your unit.
  • Reduce clutter to eliminate bed bug hiding places.
  • Use a protective cover or mattress bag on your mattress and box spring to prevent bed bugs from taking over your bed.
  • When you have visited a place where you suspect bed bugs might be present, be sure to inspect clothing, hair and shoes for bed bugs before you enter your home. Better yet, wash your clothes and body immediately upon returning home if you suspect you might have been exposed to bed bugs.

What should you do if you find a bed bug? Be proactive and call The Pest Force right away. The best way to deal with bed bugs is to prevent an infestation but if you happen to have had one (or a few) hitchhike home with you, getting ahead of the problem as quickly as possible will be your best bet in preventing a full-on infestation. If you suspect you have bed bugs in your home, The Pest Force can help!