Bed bugs are often deemed the perfect hitchhikers — they have the uncanny ability to travel from one place to the next. Even if your area isn’t known for bed bugs, you can bring them along if you’ve traveled. They can hide away in your luggage or tucked in your pillows. What’s more is that bed bugs are very resilient and hard to get rid of without an Oklahoma pest control company.
Bed bugs can leave behind a trail of allergens, and even worse, they bite! If bed bugs are a concern for you or you happen to travel a lot, here are a few prevention tips.
Contrary to their name, bed bugs don’t just thrive in your bed. They can be found behind pictures on the wall or virtually anywhere humans go inside of a home. As they require constant blood to survive, they enjoy staying near your mattress and box spring. The number one way to take caution against these literal bloodsuckers is to purchase protective covers for both your mattress and box spring. Ensure that the protector is durable and light colored to help you spot these unwanted pests.
We all love our stuff, but the more stuff you have in your home, the more places that bed bugs can hide. Whatever you’re not using, make sure to donate or sell. It is hard to get rid of the things you own, but when you have too much stuff, it can become a serious threat to your health and that of your loved ones.
It goes without saying that a home that’s cleaned regularly i.e. vacuumed, swept and dusted is one that’s less likely to develop a major bed bug infestation. By keeping your home environment clean and free of clutter, you not only make it harder for bed bugs to hide, but you can kill any stragglers you may find in your home.
Upholstered secondhand furnishings are items you should be wary of. You may think you’re getting a great deal on that vintage chair, but not if you bring home bed bugs. This doesn’t mean you should stay away from thrifty finds, but it does mean you need to check for bed bugs or any other pests while you shop.
Oftentimes, you share a wall with your neighbors. If they have an infestation, it could spell trouble for your home. You can contain bed bugs in one area by sealing of all cracks and crevices that you may share with your neighbor. If you use a public laundromat, make sure to check your laundry for bed bugs and use separate bags for your laundry after taking them home.
Bed bug infestations are all too common, but many forget that they also travel and spread quickly. A problem somewhere in America may become your problem in just a few short trips if you don’t take the necessary precautions. You can get a free estimate at our Norman Pest Control page or you can fill out your information below and someone will reach out to you to answer all of your bed bug questions.