Best bug pest control can pose a serious challenge for homeowners, well, pretty much everywhere. A common misconception is that these tiny, flat, and wingless critters will only overtake a bed or mattress. However, that is not entirely true. While mattresses, bed frames, headboards, and box springs are favored habitats for bed bugs, they can also take over the floors, furniture, and even the crevices of walls within a home. Follow these top tips to avoid a bed bug infestation in your home or office.
Know How to Reduce the Risk of a Bed Bug Infestation
Once a bed bug infestation occurs, eliminating these bloodthirsty parasites is difficult. Still, knowledge is power. There are certain measures you can take to reduce the chances you’ll find yourself on the receiving end of a bed bug bite. Here are five bed bug pest control tips to help prevent an unwanted bed bug swarm in your home:
Know the Signs
Early detection is key to bed bug pest control and helps detect a swarm before it becomes a major issue. One of the biggest telltale signs that you may be a bed bug target? Bites. If you notice small, red, itchy bite mark on yourself or other family members, you may have some tiny predators in your midst. You may also find small exoskeleton casings in or around your bed.
Cover Unused Power Outlets
Many people don’t know that these insects will actually scamper into open power outlet holes to stay safe during any bed bug extermination efforts. Also, (and worse yet, if you ask us), large infestations have actually been known to enter an electrical outlet and crawl through the walls to find safety (and spread the swarm) to other areas of the building.
Encase Your Mattress
Protect your mattresses and box springs by covering them before you notice any signs of a swarm. Zippered casings do a great job at preventing pests from getting into your mattress; however, they will not eliminate insects that have already made your bed their home, so being proactive is essential to success.
Be Vigilant in Public
Bed bugs can be found in a wide range of surprising communal places, such as hotel beds, dressing rooms, cushioned seats in lounges, and even carpeted floors. Don’t serve as public transportation to these insects. Carefully examine your hotel room accommodations and always hang your items on hooks in a dressing room (as opposed to laying them on the token cushioned chair that’s placed in the corner of the space). Also, once you return from a road trip, immediately remove all of your clothing from your luggage and dry all items for at least 15 minutes on the highest setting.
Contact a Professional
If you do notice signs of bed bugs, contact a professional bed bug extermination services. Eliminating bed bugs (or pest infestations of any kind) is tough; a professional exterminator will have the equipment and products needed to eliminate these creepy crawlers. Taking care of these bloodsuckers wherever they lurk, so you and your family can feel safe in your home.
Pest Control Unlimited specializes in a full suite of pest elimination services for home and business owners throughout Middlesex County. Contact us online or call our office at (888) 649-9919 for more information.