The clues are subtle. You might see the telltale dark specks on your sheets and bed linens that indicate bed bug excrement. Or you may find bed bug encasements or shed skins in their hiding spots and then there’s that musty, moldy odor. Of course, when you get that itchy rash you know the terrible truth. You have bed bugs.
That’s where the nightmare begins as you learn the hard way how to get rid of bed bugs.
In truth, it’s a lot easier to practice bed bug protection than it is to achieve bed bug elimination.
Traveling Bed Bug Protection
If you aren’t careful, that business trip or family vacation could result in you bring home some unwanted guests. Bed bugs are notorious for being in hotels and motels. They have no qualms about hitching a ride with you then making themselves at home in your house.
Indoor temperature and humidity don’t have much of an effect on bed bugs unless heat is unbearably high. This means that you can’t just turn up the heat and “burn them out.” Thankfully, there are some things you can do.
- Inspect your room. Look for the signs of bed bugs or the insects themselves. A good flashlight is all you need to check on, under, and around the mattress, making sure you look in the crevices and around the piping. Also check the luggage racks and headboard.
- Do not put your luggage on the bed or on the carpet. Place all your bags on the luggage rack, table, desk, or on the tile floor in the bathroom.
- When you get home, unpack everything and immediately put it in the washing machine. While washing will not kill the bed bugs, drying the garments on high will kill them.
- Inspect your luggage for bed bugs.
- Store your luggage in an area that is away from your bed and definitely not under it.
Some people bring a bed bug protector with them when they travel. It is a mattress cover that acts as a barrier between the sleeper and the mattress. While it is effective for preventing bed bug problems, this route is not practical and cumbersome.
How to Prevent Bed Bugs
Bed bug prevention is not necessarily difficult, but you must be vigilant and consistent. If you want to prevent bed bugs, these tips will help:
- Know what bed bugs look like
- Know what signs of a bed bug infestation look like
- Get rid of clutter in your home
- Get bed bug protection mattress covers
- When traveling, take every precaution and inspect your room
- Be careful when bringing second hand furniture into your home
- Inspect your suit case after travel and store it away from the bed
- When you get home from traveling, wash all of your clothing
- Don’t forget to check your pet’s bedding for bed bugs too
The more vigilant you are about preventing bed bugs, the most successful you are likely to be.
Contact H&H Pest Control and Waterproofing
If you have bed bugs or other insects in your home or if you want to keep out unwanted pests, H&H can help. Our highly trained technicians will inspect your home and analyze your risk of any pest problems then we will provide you with the information you need in order to make an informed decision regarding protecting your home. Call us today and take the first step to living a pest free life in your home."Topics": ,