Bed bugs have been making a comeback all across the world. It is said to be caused by the increase in global travel as well as DDT no longer being used. America has seen rampant infestations not just in hotels, but in homes, movie theaters, department stores and even libraries. Here are some practical tips for reducing the chance of a bed bug infestation in your home or business.
#1 Cleanliness is in Your Favor
Bed bugs can be very difficult to identify until there is a large infestation that requires professional treatment. This is because they can squeeze into small cracks and crevices as small as the thickness of a business card. They are known for infesting beds because that puts them close to their food source, but they are found in couches, carpets and clutter. Vacuum often and don’t forget to clean pet bedding regularly.
#2 Use a Simple Mattress Cover
Mattress covers may not prevent an infestation, but it can certainly prevent them from infesting your bed. Using mattress covers that encase the entire mattress helps to prevent them from finding the creases and folds of a mattress that they like to nest in.
#3 Check Used Furniture
If you like to purchase used furniture from online sources or second hand stores, always thoroughly check out the undersides of the pieces. Look inside drawers of dressers and the interior of chests. You will be looking for the actual bugs themselves or their excrement, which looks like small dark spots. You should also check and clean electronics or clothing from a thrift store before using or wearing them. A good rule of thumb is thoroughly clean anything you bring into your home from a second hand source. You can find great deals, but not at the expense of bringing home an invasive pest.
#4 Do Not Use Moving Pads
Use your own blankets or purchase a few new moving pads yourself. It is also a good idea to wipe down your furniture before putting it in your new home. And if your home is new-to-you, it is always a good idea to have a licensed pest control technician come out prior to moving in to treat and inspect your home.
#5 Secure Your Home’s Entry Points
Bed bugs commonly enter homes from the outside. They can be found on squirrels, chipmunks, and other rodents. Repair any broken or ripped screens around windows. Seal up any gaps around baseboards with clear caulking. Sealing up any gaps or holes around the exterior of your home will also help against bed bugs and other pests that would seek refuge in your home.