Most of our customers don’t even know what a bed bug looks like let alone how they can prevent an infestation. If they knew how bad the bed bug epidemic has gotten around Pittsburgh, it would make their skin crawl. I have been in this industry for twenty-five years and up until about ten years ago, I had never seen a bed bug. DDT had eliminated the problems back in the fifties and sixties and it wasn’t until recent years that the problem came back with a vengeance. Pittsburgh is ranked in third place for the most bed bug infestations and Cincinnati, only a 5-hour drive, comes in first place. I am here to give you some preventative measures that will hopefully save someone some heartache.
How to Prevent Bed Bugs from Infesting Your House
Bed bugs can travel on you
– One-way bed bugs can travel is by tagging along with people on their clothes. Unfortunately, you can pick up bed bugs anywhere. Clothing and dressing rooms in department stores are bed bug breeding grounds. I have even heard of bed bugs hitching a ride on people that ride the bus. Even if you don’t have an infestation now, all it takes to start one is a single bed bug egg on a piece of clothing that you purchase and bring home.
Invest in “Bed Bug” monitors
– these handy devices are normally placed at the base of beds and furniture. They trap bed bugs on a sticky surface when they’re trying to get to a mattress or upholstery. It’s a good way to keep their numbers down but it can also alert you to how bad the infestation really is.
It may look like a flea, but it’s not
– many people confuse fleas with bed bugs and wind up treating for the wrong pest. The body of a bed bug is round whereas a flea’s body is more oval shaped. Furthermore, unlike fleas, you can’t see a bed bug’s legs because they’re positioned underneath their bodies.
Reduce clutter wherever you can
– while de-cluttering your home won’t lower the risk of a bed bug infestation, it may help you uncover one quicker. So, the quicker you can find an infestation, the sooner you can contact a pest control service to help eradicate these pests.
Wash all linens on a regular basis
– while most individuals wash their clothes when needed, they are usually pretty good about taking care of their bed linens as well. But it seems that many tend to overlook other items such as blankets, comforters, and pet beds. These unwanted pests will hide in these items as well.
Pest control specialists understand how difficult and frustrating trying to get rid of bed bugs can be. Consequently, many of these services have bed bug control protocols in place in order to deal with the problem quickly and effectively. That is why if you are experiencing a bed bug infestation, trying to do it on your own can be ineffective. Call in the specialists.