The bed bug is a thriving insect species that is widespread throughout the world. Bed bugs are blood drinkers that can feed on humans as well as some house pets. These reddish, oval shape insects are about the with of two quarters stacked together in size and can produce between 200 to 500 eggs in a lifetime. Once a bed bug infestation begins it’s very hard to stop. Southeast Florida Pest Control would like to help you take steps in preventing these nasty critters from invading your home.
How Did I Get Bed Bugs in My Home
Bed bugs commonly get into your house by hitchhiking their way inside. They are known to climb on your clothes, luggage, boxes, and other personal belongings. If you’re going to a friend or neighbors house, or going on a trip, there is always a danger of bringing bed bugs back with you. If you’re traveling and staying in a hotel overnight, it’s good to take steps in making sure these pests aren’t in your temporary dwelling.
How to Prevent Bed Bugs when Traveling
Don’t put your luggage down just anywhere. Find either a luggage rack or if one is not provided, put your belongings inside the bath tub. Bed bugs are unable to climb glass or smooth surfaces. This will prevent them from climbing into your bags. Be sure to examine couches, chairs, bed frames, mattresses, and box springs. Bed bugs can even hide in cracks and wallpaper. Therefore, it helps to look for these bugs when traveling so you can prevent them from entering your house. After returning home make sure you wash all articles of clothing and anything else that is washable like face cloths and towels. Be sure to vacuum out the luggage bags.
How to Prevent Bed Bugs in Your Home
Bed bugs are drawn to warm areas such as your bed. It’s a good idea to wash your bedding weekly. Be sure to use hot water and dry on high heat. Pillows and non-washable items should be put into the dryer using high heat as well. This method will kill any bed bugs and their eggs if present. This will keep their population down. Some will use glass bowls on bed frame legs to prevent the bed bugs from climbing up and into your bed. Be sure to have your bed frame away from the walls as bed bugs can climb into your bed by way of the walls. Vacuuming your carpets, furniture and your window curtains regularly and the occasional steaming will decrease the chances of an infestation. Bed bugs are drawn to clutter, it gives them many places to hide during the day as well as safe places to lay their eggs. Bed bug eggs are very small and transparent making it difficult to find. Keeping your home free of these hiding places will prevent an infestation of bed bugs. Bed bugs can hide in the smallest of openings. So go through your home, look for cracks in the floor, especially wood floors, baseboards, moldings, and pipes. Seal these areas with caulking glues or something of that nature.
Bed Bug Inspection, Prevention, Control & Removal in Boca Raton, Delrey Beach & Surrounding Areas of Florida
When it comes to preventing an infestation of a nasty blood drinking insect like the bed bug in your home, Southeast Florida Pest Control reminds you to be careful when traveling, and take the necessary steps to be sure you’re not bringing home more than your belongings. Regularly wash and vacuum your linen and clothes. Sealing the smallest of cracks and crevasses will help keep bed bugs away. Contact Southeast Florida Pest Control for a bed bug inspection and removal if needed.