The Best Bed Bug Prevention Tips of 2017
December 21, 2017
It’s not uncommon to pop on the T.V. and see something about someone’s bed bug problem or some sort of tip to alleviate them. Some of us might even know someone who has gotten them, done a little research, and is on their way to the store for a DIY concoction of materials as we speak. Who knows, maybe even you have had a bed bug problem and got caught falling for all of the do-it-yourself methods that we can find online and elsewhere. That being said, do they work? Well, not usually, which is probably why you are reading this now. Bed bugs can be one stubborn pest to eradicate, and generally, without the tools and knowledge that a professional has access to, eradication will fail. Even though getting rid of bed bugs can be hard, 2017 certainly did shed some light on preventing them. Let’s take a look at the top 5 prevention tips from this past year.
Travel - When traveling, always inspect rooms prior to settling in. A thorough inspection of a room prior to getting comfortable could keep you from picking up bed bugs along the way.
Luggage - Always inspect luggage before and after travel. Try and unpack all luggage outside of your home when you return, and if possible, try and keep all unused items in sealable bags if they are not in use.
Cleaning - When cleaning make sure to vacuum often and pay extra attention to seams in furniture, especially beds. Make sure to vacuum around buttons and stitching and never forget to check any drawers or dressers.
Personal Goods - Try and keep all items up off of the floor. Especially when using public transit or staying in hotels and motels. Bed bugs will hitch a ride any chance they get and can be found in just about any place that is frequently traveled.
General Inspection - Always perform a general inspection any time you can. Bed bugs often leave behind spots of dried blood when they feast, potentially making an infestation more visible. You might also find the bugs themselves, shed casings, or bed bug eggs.
The reality of the matter is that no matter how much we prepare, inspect, and clean, there is still a chance we can get bed bugs. As mentioned before, bed bugs can be extremely hard to eradicate. Innovative Pest Control breaks it down into an easy three-step process. First, they conduct an inspection. Our technicians are trained to identify evidence of bed bug infestations and, if required, have the tools to inspect cracks and crevices where bed bugs tend to hide. Next, Innovative Pest Control will incorporate their findings into a well-explained plan for treatment. As the severity and challenges of an infestation vary from home to home, Innovative Pest Control will recommend a plan based on the properties of your infestation specifically, as well as your preferences. Then, it's elimination time! Pest control specialists will execute the decided plan, which could include using steam for eradication as well as the application of conventional bed bug products. The process will include the initial treatment, as well as a fourteen day follow up to reassure that the bed bugs are fully exterminated. A third treatment, to be completed within 6 weeks, will be provided if necessary. While they are at it, they can also install bed bug prevention methods including mattress encasements and ClimbUps.
If you have a bed bug problem, Innovative Pest Control can take care of it. With over 25 years of experience, Innovative Pest Control understands the value of a pest-free home, as well as the commitment it takes to keep it that way, and to show you, they offer the Make It Right guarantee which is full of benefits to the homeowner. If you are curious to know more about bed bug problems, call Innovative Pest Control today for a free inspection!