Tips to Prevent Bed Bugs
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Getting rid of bed bugs can be problematic, so whether you are someone who has successfully gotten rid of bed bugs, or someone who has never had them, you may be wondering how to prevent bed bugs from becoming a problem in the first place.
A plan of action to prevent bed bug infestation is a good idea to save money and embarrassment in the future.
How to Prevent Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are resilient creatures. They can survive for several months between feedings. Plus, they are accomplished travelers, easily hitching a ride on a piece of luggage, clothing, boxes and other containers.
There are some relatively easy steps that you can take to prevent bed bug infestation:
- Be careful when purchasing second-hand furniture. Bed bugs don’t just live in mattresses. They also love couches, chairs and other items of furniture. Inspect used furniture thoroughly for signs of infestation before bringing it into your home.
- Reduce clutter in your home as much as possible in order to limit hiding places for bed bugs.
- Vacuum floors, mattresses, box springs, and furniture regularly.
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What If I Find that I Have Bed Bugs?
Sometimes it is just not possible to prevent a bed bug infestation from occurring. When this happens, the best course of action is to call a professional exterminator. These professionals are trained in treating affected areas by killing the bugs as well as any eggs that may be present.
Once the bugs are gone, you may wish to keep an ongoing service contract with the exterminator for repeat treatments at regular intervals in order to prevent bed bug infestation from recurring again in the future.
How to prevent bed bugs? There are no perfect answers, but by exercising diligent housekeeping practices and calling in a professional when warranted, you can definitely keep the risk of an infestation at a bare minimum.