Bed bugs are very annoying. They love sucking our blood while we sleep, leaving behind bites and/or rashes. They are considered one of the greatest travelling pests as they can be easily transported on luggage, clothing, bedding and furniture, thus making pest control a difficult task. It’s clear that no matter how “bed bug-free” your neighbourhood is, there’s still a lot of ways that they can travel to your home, and once they’ve started invading, it can be a pain to remove them. Luckily, there are some guidelines, tips and tricks that can help you minimise their damage and make it far easier to eliminate them once spotted. Without further ado, here are the dos and don’ts of bed bug prevention.
The don’ts is very important because if not taken into consideration, you could only worsen the infestation. Here’s our list of don’ts:
- DON’T sleep in another room while there’s an on-going infestation in order to avoid bed bugs. What will happen is that they’ll only follow you which only spreads the infestation further. Our body heat and the carbon dioxide that we exhale attracts them, especially when they get hungry, which is their efficient guide to finding us wherever we are in the house.
- DON’T use bug bombs. Yes, they can be effective against certain types of insects, but they are not the best solution for bed bugs. In fact, they can even build pesticide resistance and spread the infestation wider and deeper throughout your home. Plus, bug bombs can’t reach deep enough into the crevasses of furniture and bedding where these pesky bugs thrive.
- DON’T throw away beds, furniture or other infected personal belongings like clothes, etc. Most of the time, they can be treated, which can save you a lot of money than buying a new one. In addition to that, dumping your bed could spread the infestation to other homes. But if you really want to get rid of your infested items, make sure to destroy them first so that no one can use them again or perhaps you can label them something like “infested with bed bugs” to deter potential reuse.
- DON’T leave your house for a few days to stay with relatives to “escape” from bed bugs. Many people think that by leaving their home for a few days and spending some time with their relatives, the bed bugs will eventually leave and/or die. WRONG! Aside from the fact that these pesky parasites can live for over a year without food, you could even be an unwelcomed guest by bringing them with you to your relative’s house, thus only helping the bugs find a new colony.
- DON’T ever attempt to eliminate bugs yourself. This is not your average pest that can be easily controlled using DIY solutions. Either that you’ll only further the damage or that you’ll be spending more money compared to hiring a pest control service. Worse, you can even injure yourself or damage your home.
- DO call a professional to exterminate the bugs. They are specialists in this field and are experienced in removing pests. Instead of trying to eliminate them on your own, you can save more money while at the same time, experience a hassle-free extermination if you seek the help of a professional. Many people thought that they can easily do this job themselves and it ended up costing more in terms of repairs and extermination and worse, they even got injuries. It’s best to leave this matter to the hands of pest control experts.
- DO keep your things clean and decluttered. Bedbugs love clutter as it makes a great hiding place. Don’t store anything under your bed and keep your floor clean. In addition to that, it’s easier to hunt for bed bugs the neater your things are.
- DO inspect the area regularly. Bed bugs can be easily spotted with the naked eye, and they also leave visible stains which can be easily noticed via regular inspection. Among the places to carefully inspect are the bedding folds and mattress creases.
- DO remove them by vacuuming. Vacuuming is an effective way of removing any kinds of bugs. Use it on your floors, nooks, and crannies of your furniture, creases and bed folding frequently.