Bed bugs are most people’s worst nightmare. We’ve all seen the coverage online or in the news about how these horrid pests spread when you travel and can make their way into your home. A bed bug infestation is not only costly and inconvenient but can leave you itching too. So how can you protect yourself and your home from their moving in? These five tips are sure to help you bed bug proof your home!
Do a Thorough Check
If you’re a shopper and looking to save some cash, buying furniture items second hand is a good way to achieve that goal. When picking up pieces from your local second-hand store, garage sale, or online marketplace, be sure to fully inspect the items for signs of bed bugs. These critters love couches, beds, and other cushy items so you want to ensure you’re getting the bargain you’re looking for and nothing more. If you notice any rust coloured stains, dark spots, eggs or eggshells, or live bed bugs on the furniture anywhere just say no. It’s not worth the risk of infesting your entire home to save some money.
Reduce the Clutter
Bed bugs like to hide out of sight. If your home is full of clutter, this will give them ample places to take up residence and they can sometimes be present for months before you notice them. If that’s the case you wind up with a major problem instead of a minor one. Check in the corners of drawers, along baseboards, and on your furniture for signs of a bed bug presence. By decluttering your home, you’re making room to enjoy the space while protecting yourself from a potential infestation.
Sure, vacuuming might not be everyone’s favourite chore, however, regular use of the vacuum can remove any hitchhiking bed bugs that may have made their way into your home. They love to travel from hotels and other shared accommodations via clothing, luggage, etc. By keeping your home vacuumed regularly, you drastically decrease the risk of an infestation after returning from being away.
Protect Yourself from Others
If you live in shared accommodations or rent an upper or lower suite with neighbours in close proximity, you’ll need to take extra caution. You may not have bed bugs in your items, but you never know who you’re living with or where they have lived in the past. To protect yourself and your belongings, do your best to isolate your unit securely. Install door sweeps to prevent any bugs from entering under the door, and seal any cracks or crevices around baseboards, light sockets, etc. Unfortunately, these sneaky critters can move through wall voids so it’s best to take extra caution.
Watch Your Laundry
If you use shared laundry facilities, transport your items to be washed in plastic bags, and then take your laundry from the dryer straight into the bag and back home to fold. The heat from the dryer can kill bed bugs, so once items are clean and dry you are protected. If you know there is an active infestation in your home, be sure to use a different bag to take your laundry to and from the laundry facilities.
A bed bug infestation can be hard to contain if it gets out of control. Implement these tips the minute you suspect a presence, or as a cautionary measure. If you’re noticing increased activity, or to get rid of these pests once and for all, give us a call to inquire about our one time and monthly maintenance options for service.