Bed bugs are becoming a major problem, and as soon as you get some in your home, they spread like wildfire. Here are some tips for preventing them and treating your home for bed bugs if you have them.
Look for Bed Bugs
Before you start working to prevent an infestation, you need to check your home and make sure you don't already have them. Bed bugs love to hide in cracks and crevices. While they frequent mattresses and other furniture most often, this doesn't mean you won't find them in the crevices between the carpet and the wall. Start by checking your mattresses, especially in the folds. Also check all bedding, box springs, pillows, and draperies. If you have linens with folds or creases, check inside there as well.
Bed bugs are small, brownish-red bugs. They don't move very fast and usually cluster together, so they should be fairly easy to spot. Aside from the bugs, you might also see little spots of red where it looks like there was blood.
Inspect Your Luggage
When you travel, be sure you inspect your luggage thoroughly before returning home. Bed bugs are notorious for invading hotel rooms and can jump right into your luggage. To prevent bringing them home with you, inspect your luggage before you leave. Check near the zipper and in corners of the luggage where they are prone to hide. It is also a good idea to check mattresses of hotel rooms when you first enter to look for signs of bed bugs. If you see any bed bugs, ask for a different room or switch hotels.
If you find bed bugs in your luggage, it is best to dispose of it and anything inside. If you had clothing you don't want to throw away, wash it in hot water and place it in a sealed bag before bringing them in your home.
Wash Clothes and Linens in Hot Water
Whenever possible, wash your clothing and linens in hot water. This helps to kill any bed bugs you didn't realize were on your clothes or linens. It is possible that you were spending time with someone that had bed bugs on their clothes, and when hugging them goodbye, they transferred a bug to your clothing. This is why it is a good precautionary measure to wash with hot water and set the dryer to hot as well. Also wash curtains, children's and dog's fabric toys, backpacks, shoes and various linens in hot water.
Keep Your Mattresses Covered
Since bed bugs are found on mattresses most often, it is a good idea to keep them covered. There are fabric enclosures that zip around your entire mattress so that even if bed bugs are in your bedroom, they don't invade your mattresses and multiply. This is not only good for bed bugs, but other bugs that tend to invade mattresses, such as dust mites.
If you find any evidence of bed bugs in the home, call a pest control company like Victoria Pest Control bed bugs treatment.