Bed bugs may be small in size, but the havoc they can wreak can cause a tremendous headache. Painful bites, stained sheets and furniture, the embarrassment of an infestation and risk of spreading it to others . . . Taking certain preventative measures can be small in comparison to the extermination measures that have to be taken after the fact. Here are some simple things you can do to keep bed bugs at bay.
Bed bugs love to hide in small, dark places. Keeping your home free and clear from clutter makes will make it that much less conducive to these tiny pests. Commit yourself to clearing out items you no longer want or use on a regular basis. Make a habit of cleaning corners, nooks and crannies with disinfectants, which can kill straggler bed bugs or eggs.
Seal Up Openings
Take a walk around your home and look for cracks and holes in the walls, floor boards, baseboards, etc. If you notice anything openings that might invite bed bugs into your space, seal them yourself or contact a professional.
Wash in Hot Water
Because bed bugs can’t survive temperatures above 120 degrees, washing your clothes and sheets in hot water and drying on high heat are an effective way to kill bed bugs. If you’re concerned about bed bugs, it’s not a bad idea to extend this practice to other home linens, such as bed spreads, curtains and slip covers. Suck up any straggler bed bugs by vacuuming curtains and furniture on a regular basis. If you bring any second-hand furniture into your home, be sure to steam it first.
While bed bugs traps can’t be used to eradicate entire populations of bed bugs, they can be used to detect an infestation early. If you suspect you have bed bugs, inexpensive bed bugs detection monitors (similar-looking to small traps) can be purchased to confirm or deny their presence in your home. The earlier an infestation is caught, the easier it will be to treat.
Cover Your Mattress and Box Spring:
Not surprisingly, mattresses are often a hotbed for the bugs. Once in a mattress, they can multiply by leaps and bounds. If you discover you have bed bugs, enclose your mattress and box spring in a durable plastic bag. Damage to the bag will render it ineffective, so be sure no protrusions or screws on your bed frame will come into contact with the bag. Call All Bed Bugs Begone immediately to schedule a free consultation.