Preventative Tips To Keep Bed Bugs At Bay

May 8, 2022

Bed bugs are undeniably ghastly little critters that no one wants in their home. While these tiny bugs live and breed in upholstered furnishings like beds and sofas, they are also exceptionally hard to get rid of effectively. 

As a result, it is essential to know the signs of a bed bug infestation. These signs include small red bite marks that are itchy and slightly painful. In addition, you might notice bug skin, eggs, and feces when inspecting your home for these pests. 

If you do notice signs of a bed bug infestation, it is vital to visit NY BedBugDogs.com for professional pest control.

Nevertheless, whether you have noticed an infestation or not, we have listed bed bug prevention tips to help you avoid an infestation before it is too late. 

Wash Bed Linen In Hot Water

Even though the cold wash setting on your washing machine probably uses less power, it is important to use hot water for bed linen. 

Hot water will kill any eggs and help prevent an infestation. Moreover, it is important to wash your bed linen and blankets at least once each week.

Home Fumigation

If you do not have pets or have a trusted family member to watch over them for a few hours, it is wise to fumigate your home at least once a year. 

While there are DIY fumigation products on the market, it is essential to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully because you will be working with toxic fumes. 

On the other hand, you can also consult a pest control service annually to conduct thorough home fumigation. 

Cover Power Outlets

Bed bugs will use power outlets to avoid extermination. As a result, fumigation will not be effective for long if you haven’t covered power outlets throughout your home. 

Seal Cracks And Holes

Another fundamental pest control measure is to seal all cracks and holes in your home where pests can hide. Inspect your home for wall cracks and holes in skirting boards. In addition, windows and doors are common areas where cracks and holes form. 

Steam Clean Upholstery Regularly

Steam cleaning upholstery furniture is an actionable approach to keeping bed bugs at bay. Because these critters live and breed in fabrics and steam is a practical approach to killing bugs and eggs, routine steam cleaning can help you effectively avoid an infestation.

You can consider relying on a residential service or investing in a steam cleaner to keep your mattress, sofas, ottomans, and other fabric furnishings clean and bug-free.  

Use Pest Repellent Scents

Pest repellent scents are often effective preventative measures. Bed bugs are repelled by certain essential oils, black walnut tea, and others. 

Even so, it is wise to only use scents as an additional measure rather than a central pest control approach. Scents might repel pests, although they are ineffective in controlling infestations.  

When it comes to household pests, we often only notice the signs when it is already too late. So, preventative measures are essential. Use professional pest control services, steam clean your upholstery, and keep your home clean to prevent pest infestations that can compromise your health and wellbeing. 

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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