Bed bugs are nasty little insects that will take your bed by hostage and keep you awake at night scratching like mad. Bed bugs are small brown insects that live on the blood of animals and humans. That’s right, they are vampires and want to suck your blood! After chowing down on your blood they expand in size and change colour to red. These critters breed fast, reach maturity within in a month, and spread throughout your home in no time at all. Needless to say, that it’s best to get rid of them as soon as you detect them.
Identifying the bedbugs is the first step necessary. Bed bugs bites will appear like a red rash on your skin, usually in a line. Being kept awake scratching all night is a clear indication that you may well have a problem. This post is dedicated to informing you of the best preventive measures you can take to ensure bed bugs don’t come and invade your home.
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Vacuum Your Floor
Bed bugs don’t only hang out in your bed. They love the carpet and use it as their habitat to live, feed and reproduce. Vacuuming your house on a regular basis is a great way to combat against infestation. Vacuuming will suck up the bed bugs and their eggs. Make sure you empty your vacuum cleaner bag away from the house or better yet, incinerate the bed bugs to ensure they don’t return.
Block Any Possible Paths
Bed bugs have been known to use electrical outlets as ways of travelling around your home. They will also hide in your outlets to avoid pest control chemicals! You can buy child safe outlet blockers to prevent the bed bugs from using your sockets as a highway. Be sure to seal up any gaps in your walls as well. Bed bugs also use the inside of your walls for nesting and breeding.
Wash Your Pets
Bed bugs feed on blood and one of their prime targets is your beloved family pet. Check your dog or cat thoroughly for bed bugs and wash them using a pest removal soaps; there are plenty on the market. After you have given your dog a bath, use a pet-friendly insect repellent. There are a number of natural remedies such as tea tree oi, too. Bed bugs hate the smell and will not come near it.
Clean Your House
If you are a hoarder and your house is full of clutter you are practically inviting bed bugs to make a home inside your house. They are attracted to dark places and material. They will happily make their home in your laundry in that pile of clothes that you haven’t got around to washing. If you suspect bed bugs in your laundry, wash your clothes thoroughly in hot water with a cap full of tea tree oil to kill them and prevent further infestation.
Inspect Your Home
Bed bugs love hiding in furniture, so it pays to regularly inspect your furniture for any signs of bed bugs. There are products on the market that are basically a tray that sits under the legs of your furniture. The concaves on the device trap the bugs and stop them from entering your bed. These are great and the number of dead beg bugs will inform you if you need to take more drastic measure.
If you’re like me and you love to pop down to the second-hand shop and pick up a bargain or some beautiful antique furniture you need to be wary. Inspect all second-hand furniture with a fine tooth comb before taking it into your home. If you simply can’t go without the item even though it has an infestation of bedbugs be sure to fumigate it before taking it home.
If you are moving house and need to transport all your linen and other materials, it may be a good idea to do it yourself. Moving trucks can pick up unwanted insects that will make their way into your clothing and fabrics during the move. So do a few carloads of bedding yourself to prevent this from taking place.
Beware in Public
Bed bugs have been found in a variety of different public spaces. Be careful when entering public change rooms as they are often home to bed bugs. Clothing shops have also been known to house bed bugs. So next time you’re trying on that shirt always inspect them for bed bugs to avoid them attaching to you and eventually ending up in your home.
Bed bugs can make your life difficult and upset your peaceful night’s sleep. Take the aforementioned precautions to avoid bed bugs infesting your home. If you do find you have a bed bug problem, don’t hesitate to call your local pest controller and discuss options to rid your home of these invaders.