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Four Tips for Avoiding Bedbug Infestations

Posted on Jul 18, 2013


Bedbugs were on the decline in the United States in the mid-20th century, but in recent years infestations have been back on the rise. Bedbugs can live under mattresses, in cracks and crevices, and in your carpet for years without eating. Plus, they travel easily on clothes, luggage, and bedding. While we're happy to help eliminate an infestation, here are a few tips for making sure you don't get one in the first place! 

 

Travel Carefully - Many travelers bring home unexpected house guests after staying in hotels. Decrease your chances of packing bedbugs by leaving your suitcase on the luggage rack in your room, instead of on the floor. Heat can kill any bugs that did manage to infiltrate your suitcase, so wash and dry all of your clothes as soon as you return home from your trip.

 

Don't Buy Used - Bedbugs can travel on second hand clothes, used bedding, and items that you've picked up curb side. Take caution when bringing used items into your home, and inspect them as best you can. Remember to immediately wash and dry anything you can fit in the machine! 

 

Cover Your Mattress - Invest in a bedbug-proof cover to protect your mattress and box springs. Bedbugs love to snuggle up with you in bed, and can be difficult to get out. Mattress covers protect your mattress and make it more difficult for bedbugs to find a place to thrive. Plus, since they are restricted to the outside of the mattress, you'll be able to see them easily with a visual inspection. 

 

Keep Your Home Clean and Clutter Free - Remove any clutter where bedbugs may be able to hide, and run your vacuum cleaner often. You're less likely to develop an infestation if you don't have a comfy place for bedbugs. Remember to visually inspect around your mattress, pillows, couches, and carpet seams. Early detection can mean the difference between one or two bugs and an infestation. 

 

Working to keep bedbugs out of your home can seriously decrease your risk of an infestation. If you do find yourself sharing your home with bedbugs though, contact us and we'll help get your home back to normal.



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