In North America, beg bugs are a huge problem. Your home creates the perfect breeding environment for these small bugs. Luckily, there are certain measures that you can take to help prevent an infestation from occurring in your household. Here are four of them.
Tip #1: Travel With Vacuum-Sealed Bags
Hotels are notorious for having bed bugs. This is often how people bring bed bugs back to their homes. The best way to make your clothing less attractive to these annoying pests is to travel with your clothing in vacuum-sealed bags. In addition, you can use these same bags to store clothing at home, such as out-of-season clothing.
Tip #2: Cover Your Power Outlets
When bed bugs do invade your home, they like to find places they can hide, and one such location is the power outlet. By climbing into these outlets, they are safe when you decide to "exterminate" the home. In addition, the electrical outlets create the perfect traveling tunnel to other areas of your home, allowing the infestation to grow and grow. So, consider purchasing those plastic covers that you would have if you were baby-proofing your home, and use them as a preventative measure.
Tip #3: Reduce Your Clutter
You may not realize it, but the more clutter you have, the more difficult it is going to be to eradicate a bed bug infestation if you end up getting one. Since the walls are the most attractive areas for bed bugs, start by eliminating clutter there first. Donate and recycle whatever you can, and dispose of anything else that you don't need or want any longer. For anything else that you are keeping, make sure to organize it and store it properly somewhere in your home to avoid it contributing to a bed beg infestation.
Tip #4: Cover Your Mattress
When bed bugs invade your home, they will flood your mattress. To protect your mattress, use a beg bug-safe mattress cover. Put one on both your mattress and box springs. These covers should of high-quality and cloth in order to be resistant to folds and tears, which keeps the beg bugs out. Keep in mind that this is a preventative measure and will not work to eliminate an infestation.
Keep in mind that even with the best preparations—like those mentioned above—bed bugs may still find their way into your home. When this happens, reach out to a bed bug removal company for professional assistance.