Preventing bed bugs in your property might seem like an overwhelming task. However, there are simple tips you can follow to help prevent a bed bug infestation in your home. Bed bugs have become a widespread problem, but following these nine steps can help keep you from becoming a statistic.
3 Reasons Bed Bugs Have Become a Big Problem
1. Microscopic Size- Bed Bugs are tiny. An adult bed bug is less than .2 inches, or about the size of an apple seed. Newly born bed bugs are about half that size, making them even harder to spot. Due to their tiny size, or lack of size, they often go unnoticed, unless you are actively looking for them.
2. Survive Without Feeding- Bed bugs feed on blood. However, they do not need a consistent supply to survive. Bed bugs can live for up to a year without blood, making them that much more difficult to get rid of.
3. Mobility- Bed bugs are mobile. They do not have wings, so they crawl to get around, making them less noticeable.
Because they are so tiny, they can climb into bags and onto clothes without you even realizing they are there. This occurs in normal settings such as when you are seated at a movie theater, doctor’s office or while riding public transportation.
8 Tips for Preventing a Bed Bug Infestation Keep an Eye on Personal Belongings- Since bed bugs love to crawl, you have to be careful where you place your personal belongings. When possible, keep your bags and purses on your lap. If you put your bags on the floor or adjacent chairs, you risk these little crawlers getting into your property.
1. Do Your Laundry- Put clothes in the washer and dryer immediately after returning from places like movie theaters or hotel rooms. The heat will kill any bed bug.
2. Protect Your Mattress- Buy a protective mattress coiver that is approved for bed bug prevention. This will keep your actual mattress and box spring clean if bed bugs do make their way into your property. It will make them easier to spot because there are fewer crevices for them to hide in.
3. Inspect Hotel Rooms- Inspect all hotel rooms for signs of bed bugs. Look in the crevices of mattresses and do not leave open luggage on the floor or near the bed.
4. Inspect Second-Hand Items- Thoroughly inspect all second hand items, such as sofas or other furniture, that you receive for signs of bed bugs.
5. Be Careful What You Bring Into Your Home- Never bring a mattress or box spring that has been thrown away into your home. There is a reason that mattress is on the street.
6.Look Before You Sit- Check all seats before you actually sit in them. For example, on movie seats, lift the seat up and look underneath, check any crevices. Bed bugs love to hide in crevices. Look for any holes where they may be hiding.
7. Shake It Off- Wipe your clothing or shake it off before you enter your home.
8. Clean Up After Your Guests- It can be difficult to control the actions of the guests that enter your home. You may want to vacuum once they are gone in case they have brought anything into your home.