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How To Keep Bed Bugs Out Of Your West Chester Home

December 16, 2020


Bed bugs are hard to control because it’s impossible to ascertain how they penetrate residences. Further, they tend to repeatedly resurface. This is beyond inconvenient. These critters overload mattresses and suck your blood while you’re sleeping. By learning more about their patterns, you’ll discover how to keep them away with help from Moyer Pest Control.

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How Do Bed Bugs Get in Homes?

Most people think dirt and filth are what drive bed bugs, but this isn’t true. Blood is their sole motivator. In order to get the fluid they need to survive, these insects will inhabit areas full of animals and people. Public places are a prime target for them. Examples include bus stations, hotels, schools, and offices. Without realizing it, you may be bringing them home with you. They’ll be sitting in your personal bag or latched onto your clothes. Once you’ve settled in, they may crawl out to:

  • Flooring
  • Wallpaper
  • Wood Trim
  • Electronics
  • Appliances
  • Upholstery
  • Couches
  • Fabrics

You might notice infestation signs before you actually see a bed bug. For instance, you may come across blood drops or reddish-brown stains on surfaces and fabrics. Additionally, there may be powdery brown or black fecal marks or particles. Musty odors will probably fill the air too. The most obvious indication will be bites on your body. Red and itchy welts that look similar to a rash will appear together on your face, neck, legs, or arms.
The everyday bed bug is 0.25 of an inch long and has reddish-brown skin. Their small upper half consists of two antennas and a round head. The lower portion of their bodies is bigger, but also circular. Further, they have six legs and a tiny midsection. These pests release pearly white eggs and have translucent young.

How Can You Prevent Bed Bugs?

It may seem impossible to avoid bed bugs, but it’s not entirely. Here’s what you can do to reduce the chances of having to battle these critters:
When out of the house:

  • Try not to sit your purses, backpacks, or other personal effects on the floor or ground.
  • Alert hotel staff if you see bed bugs in your room and ask to be relocated to a faraway spot.
  • Get a protective cover or plastic bag to put your luggage in.
  • Use hot water to wash your clothes after a trip. Dry them on high for at least 20 minutes. 

When at home:

  • Use a flashlight to examine box springs, head and foot-boards, and mattress seams. Also, look under the bed for signs of bed bugs.
  • Check your furniture, bags, clothing piles, and the inside of drawers.
  • Inspect all second-hand items, like appliances and electronics, before buying them, looking for infestation signs.

What Can Moyer Pest Control Do About Bed Bugs?
The highly-trained technicians at Moyer Pest Control will use our industrial-grade solutions to eliminate bed bugs around your home. We will apply advanced insecticide, heating, and/or Aprehend® treatments. All products are completely safe for humans and pets. Warranties are available with these services. We’ve successfully been in business since 1869 because we believe in comprehensive and affordable care. Take your property back from bed bugs! Call us today!

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