10 Tips for Keeping Bed Bugs Out of Your Home

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Sleep Tight By Keeping Your Bed Bug-Free

Bed bugs are the ultimate hitchhikers making their way to their dream destination—your home. Whether they’re traveling via your pet’s fur, tucked inside clothing or luggage, or slipping through a tiny crack in your window, they’ll do whatever it takes to turn your home into their luxury resort. 

If you’ve ever had the displeasure of experiencing a bed bug infestation, you know that dealing with them is not for the faint of heart. Once they’ve welcomed themselves into you’re home, they’re not easy to get rid of. 

Spotting even one bed bug makes most people want to give up and burn everything they own; in fact, many people in major cities move out of apartments to escape these creepy crawlers! Fortunately, this won’t be necessary since you’ve got Home Pest here to share tips for preventing bed bugs from coming anywhere near your humble abode!  

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Top 10 Bed Bug Prevention Tips
 

#1 - Learn How to Identify Bed Bugs

There’s no use in trying to prevent bed bugs if you don’t know what you’re looking for, especially since it differs depending on whether they’ve been feasting on your loved ones or not.

Adult bed bugs are about 1/4” long. If it hasn’t had a snack in a while, it will be flat and mahogany-colored, whereas the ones who are fed puff up, elongate, and turn more of a reddish hue. These bugs are rapid breeders, so also be on the lookout for their colorless eggs and babies, which are an off-white color and only 1 to 5 mm long. 

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#2 - Know the Signs of an Infestation

Though you should be aware of what bed bugs look like, you’re much more likely to notice their bites or the trail they leave behind first. 

If someone in your household is experiencing red itchy bumps all over their body, it’s likely bed bugs. You may also notice small spots on your bedding, which are the blood and fecal matter bed bugs so graciously leave behind. 

#3 - Cover Your Mattresses 

Sleep sound at night by knowing your bed is protected from infestation by covering both the mattress and box spring with zippered casings. 

Your mattress cover should be made of high-quality cloth and firmly fit your mattress to ensure bed bugs don’t find a nice fold to call home.

#4 - Seal Cracks and Crevices to Keep Bed Bugs Away

Bed bugs can squeeze through cracks as small as a business card, so be sure to investigate your entire house and caulk any areas that may look like a welcome sign to these invasive creatures. 

#5 Use Power Outlet Covers

While you’re picking up the caulk, go ahead and grab some plastic power outlet covers! Bed bugs like to evade extermination by using outlets as bunkers to wait out the war. They can also travel through walls via outlets, spreading the infestation to the rest of your property! 

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#6 - Vacuum-Seal Your Clothes and Spare Blankets

Whether you’re putting your clothes away for the season or hitting the road, packing your clothes in vacuum-sealed bags will not only save space but also prevent bed bugs from snuggling into your sweaters. We also recommend keeping spare blankets sealed the same way year-round. 

The key to these bags is sucking all of the air out so bed bugs can’t get in, and even if they did, they’d have no room to burrow. 

#7 - Be Cautious While Traveling

Most bed bug infestations occur on the tail end of a great trip, which is why the first thing you should do when beginning a vacation is to turn your hotel room into a crime scene investigation. 

That’s right, instead of plopping down to test your mattress’ firmness, tear off those luxe sheets and do a deep dive investigation, looking for rust-colored spots on the bedding and flipping all of the furniture around in search of any pests already taking up residence. 

The most common hiding spots for bed bugs include under the mattress and bed frame, but also check the curtains and drawers! 

Rather than unpacking into the drawers and closet, keep your luggage on the provided luggage rack away from walls since these pests like to hide behind artwork and in the aforementioned outlets. 

If you do spot a bed bug, get out of there ASAP and request a room that is clear across the property since it’s likely the surrounding rooms have been claimed by the bugs as well. 

Once you get home, put your clothes directly into the laundry with the water on hot. 

#8 - Check Your Pets for Bed Bugs

Bed bugs like to snuggle up to your pets just as much as you do, so your pet’s bed is no different than your own when preventing pests from getting too cozy. Inspect your pet’s bed regularly, and be sure to wash it on the highest heat settings to be safe.  

#9 - Keep Your Home Clutter-Free

The more things you have lying around, the more opportunities bed bugs have to turn your stuff into their new home. Begin your decluttering by eliminating anything unnecessary from against walls since it’s the first stop on a bed bug’s real estate tour. 

#10 - Get Professional Bed Bug Treatment

If it’s too late and you’ve spotted the signs of bed bugs in your home or at your business, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FIGHT THEM ALONE. Treating bed bugs is NOT easy. While the internet will have you freezing your belongings and fogging your home with questionable substances that are, quite frankly, unsafe, the easiest and most effective way to get rid of these pests is by calling a professional. Remember, if you see one bed bug, there are always more, so definitely don’t take the risk of guessing whether you’ve got them all. 

Home Pest Control is South Carolina’s #1 choice for bed bug treatment. We offer safe, effective, environmentally-friendly pest control services in Columbia, Greenville, Charleston, and surrounding areas. If you have bed bugs in your home, don’t wait; contact us today!

Schedule a pest control service now!

August 4, 2021


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