One of the biggest misconceptions about bed bugs is infestations only happen in dirty homes or for homeowners with poor personal hygiene practices. This is NOT true. Bed bugs are called hitch hikers for a reason and they can happen to any household. Here are some quick prevention tips:
Tip #1 – Inspect Furniture on a Regular Basis
Bed bugs are not only found in mattresses or box springs, they can be found in other pieces of furniture in your house as well such as dressers, nightstands and even books. Make sure to inspect any second-hand furniture before bringing it into your home. We can confirm from our experience that this is commonly one of the root causes of some of our customers infestations.
Tip # 2 – Inspect for Bed Bugs During Travel
Bed bug infestations in hotel rooms are more common than you think. When you are visiting a hotel pull back the sheets/comforters to inspect the mattress seams (especially the corners). If you notice stains or spots make sure to report to management. Make sure your luggage is not placed on the bed and inspect your luggage at the end of your trip before you depart back home. When you arrive back home make sure to wash all your clothing (even clothing you didn’t wear) in hot water and put in the dryer on high heat for 40 minutes.
Tip # 3 – Cover Power Outlets
Bed bugs can travel from room to room via baseboards and electrical outlets. By covering power outlets you limit the spread of the infestation to other areas of the home.
Tip #4 – Call your Local Pest Control Provider
If you suspect you may have a bed bug infestation call your local pest control company to perform an inspection. Bed bug infestations can get out of hand pretty quickly so the early the issue is treated the better.