Protecting your home from bedbugs doesn’t have to be a daunting task. A few simple precautions can help your safeguard your home from bedbugs.
Understand How Bedbugs Travel and Eat
Recognizing how bedbugs behave can help you protect your home from these pests. First, bedbugs love to hitch a ride! They’ll attach themselves to almost any kind of cloth—you can transfer them on bedding, clothes, furniture, and even luggage. Bedbugs also feed at night and then go back into hiding during the day. They usually only need to feed every five to ten days, but they can go months without feeding. You may have an infestation and be completely unaware.
Check Items After Traveling
If you plan on traveling, be sure to inspect your hotel room for signs of bedbugs before you unpack. A simple inspection can help protect your home from bedbugs and give you a peace of mind. If you’ve returned from a trip and spent time in a hotel or home share, make sure to check your clothing and luggage thoroughly when your return home.
Schedule an Inspection
If you think you may have a bedbug infection, try using a K9 bug detector. K9 services work without much disruption to your living spaces, and they’re more accurate than traditional exterminators. Scheduling regular inspections after travel or after purchasing secondhand furniture can be an effective way to protect your home from an infestation.
Double-Check Secondhand Furniture
Many people find great deals on secondhand furniture. Before you move used furniture into your home, however, be sure to check under cushions and around edges for signs of a bedbug infestation. As a secondary precaution, put pesticide pre-treated encasements on mattresses and box springs. Consider a light-colored encasement that will make bedbugs easier to spot.
Inspect Your Current Furniture
You can find more than just loose change under your furniture cushions. During your regular cleaning regiment, make sure to vacuum under couch and chair cushions. By frequently lifting the cushions, you can check for signs of an infestation and suck up any unwanted visitors.