Summer Bed Bug Prevention for Pennsylvania Residents
July 6, 2018
During the height of bed bug season, it’s important to focus on the active prevention of these pests to avoid being invaded. There are many warning signs of a bed bug infestation and learning what they are is key to early detection and prevention. As a homeowner, it is important to be able to determine that your home is under attack as soon as possible, as catching a bed bug infestation sooner as opposed to later can help immensely in controlling and eliminating the bed bugs in your home.
Warning Signs of Bed Bugs
More often than not, you won’t see bed bugs running around your home, giving you a clear indication that you have an active infestation. To identify a bed bug infestation, you have to look a bit more closely for the less obvious signs. If you wake up with bites or welts on your skin; see red blood stains or dark streaks of excrement on your mattress, box spring or bedding; or smell a strong, musty odor in your home, you are most likely dealing with bed bugs.
Summer is the Height of Bed Bug Season
One important thing to note about bed bugs is that they are very good hitchhikers. These pests are very discreet; they will crawl into your suitcase or handbag, scurry into your coat pocket, or climb up your clothes without you even noticing! When traveling back and forth, you unknowingly transport these pests from one place to another, including your home. During the summer, bed bugs are naturally more active, and as tourist activity increases in the warm months, it becomes even easier for these nuisance pests to travel from one location to another.
Active Prevention of Bed Bugs
Being diligent and watchful as you travel about this summer is key to preventing the spread of bed bugs. If you have guests staying with you, or you are going on vacation, be mindful of these prevention tips:
- Know what bed bugs look like; they are often confused with other summertime pests like beetles, stink bugs, and other bugs
- Check your surroundings before you check in – look for signs of bed bugs before you bring your belongings into a room or begin to unpack
- Hang your coats, bags, and beach gear on hooks rather than leaving them on the floor or the bed
- When returning home, carefully check your belongings and consider washing everything on the hottest settings before putting it away
Professional Help Treating Bed Bugs
While there are preventative measures that you can take to prevent bed bugs, there are not any effective DIY treatments to get rid of a current bed bug infestation; the only effective way to eliminate a bed bug infestation is enlisting the help of a pest control professional. The professionals at Moyer Pest Control offer bed bug treatments that are effective and long-lasting. If you are dealing with a bed bug invasion or want to ensure that you will never have to deal with bed bugs in your home, we can help! Contact us today to learn more.