You or someone you know has probably had a run in with bed bugs before. Whether it was in your own home, a hotel room, dorm room or maybe even an office. Your best bet to avoid bed bugs is to avoid bringing them into your home in the first place. The bad news is most people don’t even know they brought bed bugs home, until the infestation is out of control. So, how can you defend your home against these pests? Let’s take a closer look below.
Inspect Your Hotel Room
If you go on vacation or a business trip, it is also a good idea to inspect your hotel room for bed bugs before you bring your luggage into the sleeping part of the room, this way if you do find bed bugs, your luggage hasn’t been exposed. With a small flashlight you should pull back the bedding and inspect the head of the bed, the mattress seams and edges, and around the box springs. The headboard of a bed is a hotspot for bed bugs, you should check very thoroughly around that area. If you don’t find any bed bugs, or any signs such as fecal stains, then you should be in the clear. If you do find evidence of bed bugs, it is best to notify the hotel staff immediately and be placed in another room.
How To Avoid Bringing Them Inside Your Home
If you suspect that you may have been exposed to bed bugs, it’s important to NOT bring them anywhere inside your house. Remove shoes and clothes outside and closely inspect them for any signs of bed bugs. Even if you don’t find any signs, it’s best to wash those clothing items immediately in hot water, or at least put them in the dryer, since these pests can’t survive in hot temperatures. These pests are also very hard to spot with the naked eye, so just because you can’t see them, doesn’t mean they aren’t there.
What To Do If You Accidentally Brought Bed Bugs Into Your Home
It is very common for people to bring bed bugs into their homes without even knowing it until it’s too late and an infestation has started. Don’t worry, a reputable pest control company who handles bed bugs, such as Scout Pest Control, will inspect and customize a strategy to rid your home of these pests. Bed bug removal likely takes several different treatments before they are fully gone, and every situation is different. That’s why if you suspect you have bed bugs, you should contact Scout Pest Control for a free inspection.
Why You Shouldn’t Try To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs Yourself
There might be several different over the counter products to use for bed bug eradication, but you could be doing more harm than good. Not only could you cause the infestation to spread to other parts of your home, but these over the counter bed bug bombs and other products typically have a lot of harmful chemicals that you could be exposing yourself and your family to. Bug bombs and foggers more than likely will not solve the problem, and you will likely have to reach out to a specialist anyway. Not only that, bed bugs can build up a tolerance to over the counter products, making them more resistant to being killed. So before you waste your time and effort trying to fix the problem yourself, reach out to a professional pest control company and let them guide you through the next steps to having a pest free home again.
If you are looking for a reliable pest control company in Athens, Huntsville, Madison or surrounding areas, contact Scout Pest Control. Learn more about our bed bug service here.