Do’s & Don’ts Of Bed Bug Control

Bed bugs are probably one of the nastiest pests in Britain today. These insects cause untold misery for thousands of people. Bed bug control also costs the country millions and there are signs for you to spot bed bugs. To prevent these pests from coming into your home, here are a few things you can do.

dos and donts.

Dos 

– Inspect your mattress

After stripping your bed, make a thorough inspection for these bugs. Look for blood stains on your sheets and pillow cases. Also look for dark spots, which are bed bug excrement.

– Wash bedding frequently

All pests are attracted to filth and dirt. This is why it’s a good idea to wash your bedding more often. It’s a good idea to do this at least once a month, or more frequently. Keeping your bedding clean will go a long way towards preventing these bugs.

washed bedding

– Get insect heat treatments

This is by far the best method of bed bug control. Heat treatments are a method where super-heated vapour is used to kill pests. This method is highly effective for killing all beg bugs, including their eggs, and larvae. It’s recommended that you have these treatments at least once a year. 

Don’ts

– Pack clothes away without inspecting them

Your average hotel is completely infested with bed bugs. This is because most hotels – even expensive ones – people are coming and going all the time and they do not want to spend loads of money on bed bug control. This is why most people pick up bed bugs on holiday. To prevent this, you need to inspect all luggage and clothing before you come back home. Use a torch to look over every inch of your bag and pay special attention to cracks and crevices.

packed suitcase

– Buy second hand mattress or furniture

Many people who are dealing with bed bugs will simply choose to sell their mattress. It’s a crude method of bed bug control but it works. What this also means is that you should avoid buying second hand mattresses wherever you can to avoid this residential pest control problem. The same goes for second hand furniture. These bugs are tiny and can fit into even the smallest hole or crevice. They often hide in furniture like sofas for years. When this furniture is sold the bed bugs come into your home and begin to multiply. If you do have to buy second hand furniture, then make sure to inspect it closely.

– Sit down on public transport

bus seats

Did you know that bed bugs have infested public transport like buses, trains, and even taxi’s? This might sound crazy but it’s true. These bugs can easily climb onto your clothing and end up back in your home. To stop this from happening, avoid sitting on public transport as often as possible. Also check your clothing after you come back home.

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