Building a Defense Against Bed Bugs

Posted on: October 31, 2016 by in Pest Elimination
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Let’s face it, anyone can get bed bugs.  Even the cleanest homes, hotels, resorts and office buildings are susceptible to the dreaded bed bug.  However, there is hope!  By learning more about bed bugs and ways to prevent infestations you can drastically reduce the chances of them hitching a ride home with you. Here are some tips to keep bed bugs away from your home, business, and your loved ones in the upcoming year.

Around Your Home

  • Bed Bugs love clutter because it gives them plenty of places to hide. Keeping the clutter down around the home gives bed bugs less places to hide. This is a good excuse to do some “spring cleaning” this year and get rid of unneeded items.
  • Sealing your home not only protects against bed bugs it also makes it harder for other insects to enter the home as well. This should be a yearly task for any homeowner. Seal any cracks or holes to the outside, paying special attention to windows and doors.  Bed Bugs like to hide beneath flooring and behind molding and wallpaper.  Seal any areas between crown molding, windows, chair rails, baseboards, and flooring.  Don’t forget to do a detailed vacuuming before you start sealing to ensure the sealant will last.  Also glue down any loose wallpaper and seal any cracks in the walls.
  • Here’s another tip: We advise all of our clients to do regular inspections of their bed and surrounding areas. A simple visual inspection every few weeks should give you the chance to find any bed bug problem before it spreads to a bigger issue.  Check the edging around the mattress, under the mattress, and around the bed and bed frame. Keep in mind that bed bugs love plush furniture, so check other rooms and furniture as well.

While You Are Traveling

  • Pack a hard case suitcase instead of a duffle bag. This gives bed bugs less places to “grab on” and hitch a ride home with you.
  • Always inspect your hotel room – even expensive resorts have had bed bugs issues. A quick search of the bed should give you a good idea if your room is safe.  If any bed bugs are detected contact management immediately and request another room or change hotels.
  • Never place your luggage on the bed in your hotel room. Suitcases should always be placed on the provided rack, or on top of a hard surface.  Leave your bags in the hall or outside until all inspections of the room have been completed.
  • Upon returning home, leave your luggage outside or in the garage until you have inspected the contents and suitcase. All clothes should be washed and dried before placing them back in your drawers.

Visiting Other People’s Homes

It’s hard to believe that your family and friends would have bed bugs and not tell you before you stay…however many people are unaware of the bed bugs risk and may have an infestation and not even know.  If you think a place you have visited may have bed bugs there are a few precautions you can take….

  • Keep plastic garbage bags in your car to place your belongings into after visiting a place where you suspect bed bugs. Wash and try these items in the hottest environment possible to kill any hitchhikers.
  • If your friend has bed bugs always let them know. It can be a difficult subject to bring up, but in most cases they probably want to know.  If the problem is just starting they can call an exterminator and fix it before it becomes an expensive infestation.
  • Give your friends and family ProChem ProActive’s name, number and web address. Encourage your friends and family to read our blogs and learn the risks of bed bugs.  We also offer the best treatments available if you do end up with bed bugs.

At Your Office

  • High traffic areas are most susceptible to bed bugs, which may make your office a high risk area. Employees can bring bed bugs to work with them unknowingly and contaminate the whole office.  This is why we suggest you keep your personal items in a sealed bag or in a plastic tub in or under your desk.  This is especially important if bed bugs have been detected near you.
  • If you find bed bugs at work notify management immediately and encourage them to call ProChem ProActive.

After completing all of these precautionary steps you should have a much better chance of avoiding bed bugs this year….but remember, ANYONE can get bed bugs even the people that are most aware.  If you, your family, or your business has a bed bug problem please call ProChem ProActive right away.  We provide special heat treatments that kill bed bugs quickly and gets your life back.  Don’t waste your money with DIY treatments that don’t work!  Call in the professional pest eliminators today!

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