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7 Ways to Keep Bed Bugs Away

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Bed bugs are one of the most aggravating pests that no one wants to deal with. These pesky creatures crawl out of their crevices at night to feed on human blood, causing the infamous bed bug bites. They are not always found in beds and can take refuge in any place that suits their temperature needs. If a bed bug infestation is not managed properly, its population can grow rapidly, wreaking havoc on home and business owners.

Fortunately, there are certain steps people can take to keep bed bugs away.

Clean Up Any Mess

The most powerful step to avoid bed bugs is to declutter your home. A congested space provides additional hiding places for bed bugs, making detection and treatment incredibly challenging. Make sure there is no clutter against the walls, as these areas are great for bed bugs to hide. Get rid of excess stuff, replace cardboard boxes with plastic containers, and store your stuff properly to avoid a bed bug infestation.

Cover Outlets

Bed bugs love to hide in electrical outlets, so be sure to keep them covered. They also use these openings as an escape route to avoid different methods of extermination. Bed bugs can inhabit these outlets for long periods of time, leaving only when it is safe to move. They use the house’s wiring system to travel from one place to another, spreading the infestation on a much larger scale.

Vacuum Regularly

One of the easiest ways to get rid of bed bugs is to vacuum your entire home regularly. Be sure to vacuum all mattresses, box springs, carpets, and floors to remove any infestation before it even starts.

After cleaning your home, remove the vacuum bag, place it in a sealed container, and dispose of it in a trash can to ensure further prevention.

Watch What You Bring Home

Anything you bring into your home for the first time, including cardboard boxes, used books, or secondhand furniture, should be thoroughly inspected for bed bug infestation. If they show signs of infestation, it’s a good idea to get rid of them as quickly as possible.

Most delivery services use the same trucks to deliver new mattresses and to take away old ones; therefore, carefully inspect your new mattresses before you bring them home, and ask suppliers to deliver them in sealed packages.

Limit the Number of Hiding Places

Another effective way to get rid of bed bugs is to limit the number of hiding places. Be sure to repair or replace peeling wallpaper and fix loose electrical faceplates. Examine entry points and openings that provide access to the interior of the walls. Seal cracks and crevices in windows, door frames, walls, ceilings, and furniture. Never store items under your bed, as this invites bed bugs to congregate near your mattress.

Avoid Bed Bugs While Traveling

Travelers are at risk of bringing a bed bug infestation into their homes from a hotel, motel, or dorm room. Therefore, consider the following points while traveling and prevent these invasive insects from entering your home.

It is favorable to determine if your hotel room has signs of an infestation or not. Check mattresses, sheets, and bed skirts for tiny rust-colored stains. Also, inspect the carpet and drapes before moving into a room.

Since bed bugs can hide behind picture frames, artwork, and electrical panels, it’s best to unpack your bags in a luggage rack away from your bed and walls.

Be sure to store your clothes in a vacuum-sealed bag while you travel. This method makes your belongings less accessible to pests and prevents bed bugs from infiltrating your home.

Ask for Professional Help

Hiring an experienced, professional pest control company can help you eliminate bed bugs before the problem gets out of control. If you spot a bed bug, there will always be more lurking around, and exterminating them right away will save you costly treatment down the road. Vista Pest Control offers powerful, effective and eco-friendly pest control services that keep your home clean and safe by ensuring complete elimination of bed bugs.

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