One of the many reasons bed bugs are challenging to control is their size. These creatures are about one-fourth inch or 6.0mm long, making them difficult to notice in small numbers. Another sad part is they can be resistant to some insecticides, and can readily detect and avoid other chemical products. It’s also easy to re-introduce them to household items, like furniture and carpets, where they live and spread.
Early detection can be an effective way to prevent any infestation. If there’s an existing problem, however, it’s advisable to seek the help of a bed bug infestation treatment expert instead of attempting to resolve the issue on your own. Here are some tips that may prevent the said infestation:
Clean and vacuum suitcases and luggage
After returning from a trip, be sure to clean or vacuum your suitcases. The same is also true after buying secondhand luggage. Note that bed bugs can infest such items and may be brought into your home. Don’t forget to remove and dispose of the vacuum bag outside the house after vacuuming.
Keep up with home maintenance
While bed bug infestations do not indicate bad housekeeping practices, it is always important to maintain your home. It is best to vacuum your home at least once a week and more often in commonly occupied areas or if you have pets at home. You should also regularly wash all clothing and bedding.
Inspect used clothes and furniture before buying
Secondhand items may be infested with bugs, so it is best to check before bringing them into your home. Look for eggs, insects, and nymphs that may be hiding in folds, creases, cracks, and seams. You should also clean and wash them thoroughly before using.
Check bed and furniture regularly
This includes the frame, box spring, and mattress. Be sure to look for rusty or reddish stains, as well as dark spots on bedding and mattresses. You and your family also benefit from using bed bug resistant mattress covers. Don’t forget to inspect other furniture pieces, especially under equipment like TVs and stereos, as well as stacks of clothing.
If you have seen bed bugs or signs of infestation in your home, don’t attempt to solve the problem by using insecticides. Hire a licensed pest control company for effective detection and control.