You’ve often heard the phrase “prevention is key,” and that could not be more true when it comes to bed bugs. Bed bugs are difficult to get rid of, so it’s best to prevent them from entering your home instead of trying to get rid of bed bugs once they’re in.
If you’re wondering how to prevent bed bugs from infesting your home, below are a few easy ways to stop and prevent bed bugs from becoming a problem in your home.
1. Don’t buy a recycled mattress; bed bugs can easily hide in nooks and crannies unseen to you.
That used mattress might seem like a great deal, but you might not know if there’s bed bugs in it until after you bring it into your bedroom. To prevent bed bugs, it’s best to avoid used mattresses, but if you do decide to bring one home, check outside for bed bugs and vacuum it thoroughly even if you don’t see any.
2. Wash and dry your sheets and clothes at the highest temperature to kill bed bugs
Bed bugs can’t survive in too hot or too cold temperatures, so using your washing machine and dryer on the hottest setting will kill bed bugs that have found their way into your bedding. Check the tags on your pillows as you may be able to put them in the dryer at the highest temperature to further get rid of any signs of bed bugs.
3. Check any used furniture, clothes, or luggage before bringing it home
Purchasing used furniture, used clothes, and used luggage is more common than purchasing a used mattress. While bed bugs shouldn’t discourage you from buying these things, be careful when you do! Make sure you check for any signs of bed bugs before you bring any of these items into your home. If possible, wash any used clothes at a high temperature (make sure the clothing won’t shrink or ruin if you do), and vacuum furniture and luggage outside. Make sure to check in any nooks and crannies for signs of bed bugs or bed bug eggs.
4. If you visit a hotel or resort that has a bed bugs, make sure to get rid of bed bugs before you go back home
If you go to a hotel that has bed bugs, keep your clothes and luggage as far away as possible from the bed and any carpets. When you arrive home, put your clothes directly in the washer at the highest temperature they’ll allow without getting ruined. Check your luggage outdoors for any bed bugs or bed bug eggs before you go inside.
If you suspect you’re seen signs of bed bugs in your home, call a professional bed bug extermination company to assess the situation, and determine if you need bed bug removal. You can call Magical Pest Control at (905) 738-6676.