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West Chester's Handy Guide To Bed Bug Prevention

October 16, 2020

 

If you had your choice between your neighbors play loud music playing at all hours of the night around your West Chester home or having bed bugs that bite you while you slept, which would you choose? You probably wouldn't want to choose either. Although we cannot help you if your neighbor is blasting loud music at three in the morning, we can help you avoid bed bugs.

What Are Bed Bugs

Ever heard the childhood adage, "Goodnight, sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite."? As a kid, you probably had no clue what this fun rhyme meant. It is only as an adult that you have come to realize that bed bugs are real, and they do bite people at night. What you might not yet know is that these pests get into homes with the help of people. What bed bugs lack in mobility, they make up in creativity. Using items people carry around on a day to day basis, bed bugs hitchhike rides into homes. Once indoors, they will stay hidden when homeowners are awake and only come out at night to feed on blood.

Hot Spots For Bed Bug Activity

Because bed bugs use people to get around, it is more common to find them in high foot traffic areas. Airports, hotels, bus stations, malls, medical facilities, schools, and movie theaters are great examples of bed bug hotspots. In these areas, bed bugs will crawl off infested items and look for rides on other objects nearby; this is how they spread.

To avoid picking bed bugs up, add these simple prevention tips to your daily life.

  • When traveling, store all used clothing inside an airtight bag. Once you have arrived home, empty your bag or bags of clothing into the washer and run it on high heat to kill off any bed bugs hiding within.

  • When in public, be careful not to leave items you are carrying in one place for too long. It only takes bed bugs 20 minutes to transfer from one infested thing onto another.

  • While traveling, check the rooms you will be staying in for signs of bed bug activity. Bloodstains on beds, dots of reddish-black fecal matter, and egg sacks inside cracks are all good signs of a bed bug infestation.

  • Inspect used items, especially furniture and appliances, for bed bugs before bringing them home with you.

  • Teach your kids how to check their backpacks for bed bugs so that they might catch hitchhikers before bringing them home after school.

  • Tell your family and friends about bed bugs so that they can stay vigilant and not bring bed bugs into your home when they come to visit.

Why Bed Bugs Are Difficult To Eliminate

Bed bugs are extremely resistant to many forms of pest control; this, combined with their ability to avoid danger and survive months without a blood meal, makes them considerably challenging to remove from homes. Even if you think you have found success, there is always a good possibility bed bugs are just hiding inside your walls, waiting for the danger to go away.
 
The only way to properly eliminate bed bugs is with the help of a professional. At Moyer Pest Control, we have advanced treatments designed to remove bed bugs from homes quickly. We will make sure no bug gets out alive and that your sleep returns to how it was before. Let our team take action in removing bed bugs from your home. We promise you will not be disappointed with the results.
 
Give us a call today to schedule your West Chester home for a thorough inspection.
 

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