Our last two blogs, “Bed Bugs and Your Health,” and “Signs You May Have a Bed Bug Problem,” have focused closely on bed bugs and the problems they cause. Today, we are delving into our last bed bug topic for our readers – how to prevent and treat bed bugs. Read on to see how you can avoid these pests and how to treat if you are unlucky enough to find that you have a bed bug problem.
Preventing Bed Bugs in your Home
- Become a savvy traveler who inspects their hotel room, airplane seat, or conference room before settling in. If you discover bed bugs, ask for a new room/seat and inform the management. Avoid bringing bed bugs home with you by keeping clothes off the floor, washing and drying in hot water and high heat, and inspecting all items that you bring back into your home.
- Cut out the clutter from your home. Clutter is a bed bug’s friend as it gives them yet another place to hide.
- Vacuum often to rid and hitchhikers from your living areas.
- Inspect your furnishings including your bed often. The sooner you catch a bed bug infestation, the easier it is to treat.
- Learn how to identify bed bugs at each stage of the life cycle and well as identify bed bug bites.
- Use a mattress cover.
- Avoid using moving blankets from movers.
- Check all second-hand appliances and furnishings that enter your home.
- Seal your home as much as possible including electric outlets in your bedroom.
- Be vigilant when using shared laundry facilities.
Pest-End Exterminators has a few options if you do discover that bed bugs have found their way into your home. We offer…
- Steam and Vacuum Service – This eco-friendly treatment uses no chemicals. Two of our technicians will arrive at your home and, after an initial inspection, will steam and vacuum all rooms of concern and the furniture inside of them. Although this is a time consuming and invasive treatment, it is highly effective.
- Thermal Remediation™ – During this very effective process we heat up an area to 120 to 140 degrees and maintaining that temperature for 3 hours. This process also entails the smallest amount of preparation as most of the belongings are left in the home to be heated. Due to the amount of time that the structure is heated, this treatment is the most effective.
Do you have questions about prevention and treatment for bed bugs? Call Pest-End Exterminators now at 1-800-287-4321, 603-382-9644, or 978-794-4321. Our team can create a treatment plan, and even use our canine detection program to root out the locations of your infestation.