Once bedbugs have gotten into your home it can be difficult to get them out. These critters are merely the side of apple seeds yet in numbers can cause severe and expensive infestations. Here are few tips that will keep you Heebie Jeebie free...
Don’t Pick Up Random Furniture
If you’re on a budget and you need some inexpensive furniture, avoid picking it up second-hand from unknown sources. Unless you’re an expert, you may miss the signs of bedbugs and the costs of pest control can run into the thousands of dollars. The only second-hand furniture worth looking into should come from your friends, family, or a local garage sale where you can assess the cleanliness of the surrounding environment.
Use A Mattress Protector
A high quality mattress protector has pest repellent properties, to help deter bedbug outbreaks. If you cannot afford a high quality mattress protector, you can use a standard one, to more easily clean - Which is less attractive to bugs in general.
Unclutter Your Floors
Get some shelving units to keep things off the floor, so that you can keep your space clean with a mop or vacuum. If you already have an infestation and suspect it’s coming from outside, look at your floors and walls to identify the source of an outbreak. This way you can take steps to prevent it in the future by repairing cracks or holes in the foundation.
Be vigilant if you are using a common laundry, especially in a public place. Check the washers and dryers before loading your clothes, and if you see any noticeable dirt or dust, or anything suspicious take your laundry elsewhere. Also, if you live in an apartment with animals make sure to clean the pets every 3-6 months, or keep them out of your bedroom.
Sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth powder over your bed, or any other surface that you are afraid may have bedbugs. This powder kills bugs and is so safe it comes in a Food Grade that you can eat!
Inspect Your Hotel Room
If you stay in hotels, it is a good idea to inspect your room upon arrival. Check EVERYTHING – Especially, under the mattress and the covers. If you find any critters, leave room immediately and inform the hotel staff.
Do Not Worry
There is no need to get carried away with worry if you are not experiencing a bedbug infestation. It will most likely never happen to you, especially if you are a clean person and you get all your furniture from the store or people you know. If you suspect an issue, take a picture and send it to your local pest control. And if you find out that you have an infestation, identify the source so that you can avoid problems in the future.
Most importantly, sleep easy... Away from the bedbugs, maybe at a friend’s!