Bed Bugs are not a pleasant pest to have in your home, causing itchiness and even sleeplessness in your family. They are also prolific breeders, laying several eggs a week and living for almost a year. However, bites may be due to mosquitoes or other insects, so don’t immediately think you have bedbugs if you wake up with small welts. You can check for bedbugs by looking for tiny blood stains on furniture, or little bugs in mattress linings and bed cracks. Homeowners can be proactive about bed bug control, so follow these easy tips to lessen the likelihood of a bed bug problem.
Don’t Introduce Them To Your Home
The easiest way to prevent bed bugs is by taking proactive measures to stop them entering your home. Bed bugs can be introduced to your home in a couple of ways you can control, so be aware and take steps to stop problems before they exist. If you have recently travelled check your luggage and clothing before you put it away with the rest of your things (especially if you have experienced itchiness through the trip). Whilst travelling, place your luggage in a cupboard or raised surface, not on the carpet or bed. If you suspect you have bed bugs wash and dry your clothing in hot water. Used furniture should be checked and possibly steam cleaned before being brought into your home for proactive bed bug control.
Seal Cracks And Entryways
Caulking cracks and crevices in furniture and walls is a good idea, to minimise the homes in your house for bed bugs and other pests. Before you do so, swipe a knife or playing card through cracks, to check for pests.
Steam Clean Beds And Bedding
If you suspect you have bed bugs, an easy bed bug control step is to steam clean your bedding. A hot dryer can be used on mattresses for a short term reduction of the problem, before your professional pest control expert can come in.
If you live in an apartment building notify other homes (especially the adjoining ones) of your pest control issue. If your home has bedbugs you may have gotten them from them, or they may now also be infested. A permanent solution needs to be thorough, so working together is your best bet of stopping the bed bug problem for good.
Call Professional Pest Control
Professional pest control is often needed for bed bug control, because the small pests can be anywhere, and their breeding cycle needs to be broken for a permanent solution. Homeowners can discuss with their pest control expert how best to continue pest control in their own home.
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