How to Prevent Bringing Bed Bugs Home from a Hotel, Work, Friend’s House or Other Place in Bedminster, NJ
Bed bugs are a year round pest problem that is always unexpected. Most often it takes a homeowner some time to even notice that their homes are any under invasion by these creepy crawlies. Once under attack by a bed bug infestation, it can become rather difficult to remove without assistance. However, there are some measures you can take to reduce your chances of being infested by bed bugs. Merlin’s Pest Control will share some of the basic methods every homeowner should do to prevent bed bugs.
Bed Bug Prevention Tips
Bed bugs like grainy materials such as wood and fabrics to hide in during the day. Bed bugs can’t climb smooth surfaces, so knowing what they like will help you in the fight against them. There are a number of products that help prevent bed bugs from hiding in your bedding. There are pillow and bed coverings that prevent bed bugs from crawling on or hiding in your bed alongside you. Having your bed protected will eliminate the bed bugs ability to feed on a host at night. Also avoid having your bed tight up against the walls, even if you are using bed bug bed frame protectors on the legs of your bed. If your bed is too close to the wall, you will allow the bed bugs to climb up the wall and get into the bed using that as a path.
How to Clean Homes Exposed to Bed Bugs
Cleaning is a big part of bed bug control. Clutter is a breeding ground for bed bugs and also provides a place they can shelter in during the day. Clutter free homes are less likely to become infested by bed bugs. On top of removing clutter and keeping your home clean, vacuuming and carpet cleaning alongside washing your linens and curtains regularly will kill any bed bugs that may be present. Along with bedding, your mattress should be cleaned with hot water. For washable items like pillows, you can also put them in the drier with high heat to kill both eggs and bed bugs.
How to Avoid Bringing Bed Bugs Home
Once you believe you have your home safe against bed bugs, your next thought should be how you get them in the first place. Bed bugs are hitchhikers. Wherever there is a current bed bug infestation and you happen to stop by for a visit, there is a good chance you brought some of them home. Bed bugs could be anywhere. They could be at a friend’s home and public or commercial buildings; even public transportation could house bed bugs. They often climb onto people’s clothes, purses, backpacks, etc. Once you get home, they take up residency. Most wonder what can be done to prevent this problem. In truth nothing, however you can create habits that help you contain and prevent bed bugs from spreading in your home. These habits can be as simple as not placing your bags or carry items on the floor. Try to find a place to hang them. Clothes should be placed in a covered laundry basket to prevent bed bugs from roaming.
Professional Bed Bug Removal
However even with our best efforts, sometimes bed bugs will infest our homes. If you have a current bed bug infestation, regardless how big or small, it is best to contact a professional pest control company. Merlin’s Pest Control can help rid your home of bed bugs along with any other pest you may have. Call us today.