If you think that bed bugs can only attack at home, you are sadly mistaken. There are many cases, where car owners have found the little critters hiding in the seats of their car as well. From theaters to dorm rooms and from hotels to schools, bed bugs are very resilient and can live anywhere. Even in the tight, cozy space of the car that you drive every day. If you suspect or have found, bed bugs in your car, your best bet is to call in professional pest control to help get rid of the problem. However, there are a few other tips to help you get the bed bugs to move out of your car listed below.
Keep Your Car Clean
Although it has come to light that bed bugs can live anywhere and you don’t have to be dirty in order to find out you have a bed bug infestation, keeping your car clean is the first step towards preventing a reoccurrence of a bed bug infestation. Remember, one bug can lay from 200 to 250 eggs just in her lifetime, which means there is no way you can get them all in one fell swoop. In order to keep bed bugs away, make sure to keep your car clutter-free, as bed bugs love places where they can hide.
Wash the Seat Covers and Floor Mats
If you want to get rid of or prevent bugs from invading your car, make sure that you take out and wash the seat covers and floor mats with hot soapy water. Washing these items on a regular basis gives you the chance to kill any lingering bed bugs. It also gives you the chance to inspect the mats and covers for any signs that the bed bugs have returned. Once washed, dry these things on high heat and inspect them once again before putting them back into your car. While this may seem like overkill to some, bed bugs can hide in every nook and cranny to avoid detection and before you know it, you are infested and calling the pest control professional in to take care of the problem once again.
Call in Pest Control
If you have inspected your car and know for a fact that you have a bed bug infestation, it’s best not to try to get rid of the bugs yourself. Not only are you going to fail but in the end, you will end up taking the bugs into your home and having an infestation there as well. Instead, call your local pest control company to ensure that the infestation is taken care of the right way and quickly as well.
These are just a few tips to help you get rid of and prevent a bed bug infestation in your car. Make sure to clean it on a regular basis and call in the professionals from All About Ants at the first signs of an infestation.