Souderton Bed Bug Do’s & Don'ts
January 11, 2020
Bed bugs can be quite the annoyance, especially if you don’t know how to get rid of them correctly. There are many tips online that provide ways to get rid of bed bugs, but not all of them are effective. Knowing exactly what to do and what not to do when fighting bed bugs can save you money, effort, and time.
What Are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are small, bloodsucking, flightless bugs that hitch rides on luggage and are attracted to the carbon dioxide we exhale. They can be found just about anywhere and cause problems for anyone who is unlucky enough to pick them up and bring them home. They can infest hotels, motels, homes, hospitals, and any other places where people sleep or rest. While their bites aren’t harmful to most people, they can cause serious allergic reactions in some, which require medical attention. Being able to identify bed bugs is important in stopping an infestation.
The worst thing you could do in the case of a bed bug infestation is panic. Don’t go around throwing away furniture immediately. Bed bugs don’t only infest mattresses, so simply replacing your bed isn’t enough to get rid of them. You should also avoid buying used furniture in the first place, as it could be infested with bed bugs before you even get it.
And don't put your things on the floor in public places. Keep any bags or luggage you have off of the floor and beds when traveling. Wait until you have checked the entire room for bed bugs before you set anything down.
The best thing you can do to try to keep bed bugs out of your mattresses and sheets is by regularly washing them at a high temperature. Most dryers become hot enough that they will eliminate all of the bed bugs inside. You can also vacuum regularly, which keeps the floor and corners of the room clean. Even just doing a regular check after traveling is enough to reduce the chances of bed bugs getting in. If you clean all of your luggage after traveling and make sure everything is safe, bed bugs won’t have as much of a chance to spread. If you follow good practices all of the time, perhaps you can keep your home bed bug-free.
Very importantly, if you know you have a bed bug infestation, do NOT attempt to handle it on your own. You could end up doing a lot of work to get rid of some bed bugs, only to have them reemerge days, weeks, or months later.
Despite some effective prevention strategies, the only surefire way to get rid of bed bugs is by calling professional services. If you find that bed bugs have infested your home, the best “Do” you can do is contact the professionals at Moyer Pest Control today. At Moyer, we have special K9 Inspection services, which utilize our bed bug inspector dog Scout, who uses his great sense of smell to detect bed bug infestations with 98% accuracy. With Moyer, you can be sure that bed bugs will be deterred from entering your Souderton home again. Reach out today to learn more.