How to Prevent Bed Bugs
If you’ve ever had a bed bug infestation then you’ll know how frustrating it is to cope with – and how difficult it can be to solve. One thing’s for sure, you’ll never want to deal with another one again.
There are a few ways to help prevent bed bugs from gaining entry or establishing themselves in your home. This step-by-step guide will show you how.
Step 1: Keep your home free of clutter
Bed bugs love clutter. Boxes, fabrics and stray pieces of furniture around the house will give bed bugs plenty of hiding places to choose from, so don’t give them a chance. Declutter your home and get rid of all the stuff you don’t need. Put old boxes and luggage cases away in storage, and keep excess timber furniture to a minimum. The more tidy you keep your home, the less likely you’ll be to have an infestation – and the easier it will be to spot if you do.
Step 2: Keep an eye out while travelling
Bed bugs are notorious hitchhikers; they’ll often find their way to your home after gaining access to your person or luggage while you’re staying in a hotel or hostel. It’s prudent to check the beds, headboards and wardrobes of any room you stay in.
If everything seems clear, it’s still a good idea to keep your luggage, clothes and any other bags off the ground – bed bugs could be in the carpets.
Step 3: Be cautious when buying second hand furniture
If you find yourself hunting a bargain by opting for second hand beds, sofas, chairs or bedding then make sure you tread carefully. Examine items in depth before committing to a purchase – and it’s definitely worth giving them another look before bringing it inside your home. Bed bugs often hide in fabric seams and in small spaces, so double check headboards, sofa cushions, mattress edges and corners for evidence of bed bugs, eggs and larvae.
Step 4: Protect your household items
Add protection to the common bed bug hiding places in your home. Your mattress, for instance, can be covered with a plastic mattress protector to prevent their entry.
Also think about sealing up any cracks in walls, and sticking loose wallpaper back into place. Cutting off entry points and hiding spots is the best way of preventing an infestation, so scour your home apply precautions wherever you can.
Step 5: Calling in the professionals
Even with all the preventative measures in place, it’s still possible for an infestation to occur. If this does happen, don’t panic and don’t give up, all you need to do is call in the professionals.
Pest control specialists will be able to identify, locate and deal with an infestation with discreet precision. Not only can they handle an established infestation, but they will also be able to offer advice on how best to prevent one in the future.
That’s why, whether you have suspicions or hard evidence of an infestation, it’s worth choosing a reputable pest control expert such as ClearFirst Pest Control.
We offer a free callout and house survey for bed bug infestations. We employ a range of proactive pest treatments, targeting the common areas bed bugs like to populate. Our experts are on hand to provide specific advice to aid in the prevention of bed bugs in your home, so don’t hesitate to get in touch today.