Prevent Bed Bugs All Year Round
With Phoenix still experiencing plenty of cases of bedbugs, it’s important to know how to prevent these nasty little critters from earning a ticket into your home. Phoenix is in the top 50 cities experiencing bed bug infestations, so we’ve compiled a list of tips to prevent bed bugs all year long.
Beware of Hotels
Hotels seem to be a major source of bed bug problems and a common explanation for how they keep getting into other people’s homes. If you’re a frequent traveler, remember that it isn’t just those seedy hotels in the bad part of town that have bed bugs; nice hotels are just as likely to have them. Check your room for signs of bed bugs before you make yourself comfortable, especially on the bed. An infestation will usually present with signs of their feces on the furniture. Small, black dots on the sheets or mattress means you should run.
If you think you’ve been exposed to them, take care with your belongings. Clean everything you’ve traveled with, even if it didn’t set foot in the room. Vacuum your suitcase and wash all of your clothing in hot water. Pro traveler tip: keep your suitcases on hard surfaces and off the floor.
Avoid Buying Used Furniture
Since Phoenix has such a prevalent bed bug problem, it’s really important to avoid buying used furniture. While this isn’t always possible, you should do a thorough inspection to ensure they aren’t harboring bed bugs. You won’t always see the actual bug itself, but you can see stains left behind from their feces or from being crushed when someone sits on the furniture. And don’t fall for the myth that they only hitchhike on plush furniture. They’ll catch rides in TVs, picture frames, and even tables.
Use a Professional for Bed Bug Extermination
If you’ve got an infestation, take a deep breath! We’re here to help! But please, don’t try to treat this problem yourself! We aren’t saying this because we’re professionals; we’re saying this because we know how quickly these infestations escalate and how hard they are to get rid of. Bed bugs don’t stick to living in the bed. They’re going to be all over your house. To get rid of them, you’re going to have do a lot of moving furniture, disassembling furniture, and very detailed cleaning. We know what to look for and we know how to treat them most effectively. Chemicals are always an option, and those should only be administered by people who know what they’re doing.
We can also use a heat treatment where we raise the temperature of the room to a scorching 118 degrees Fahrenheit for 70 minutes. This is fairly effective at eradicating these pests when it’s done properly.
What You Can Do to Help
There are plenty of things for you to do to help speed this process up, and we love when our clients can help us out! Wash all of your washables in hot water to prevent reinfestation. We’ve seen plenty of cases where we rid the home of the bugs but clothing or bedding isn’t washed properly and the owners begin experiencing bed bug bites again. Cold is another way to kill them, but cold temperatures are hard to come by in Phoenix. If you have something that isn’t washable, putting it in the freezer at 0 degrees Fahrenheit for seven to 10 days will kill all traces of bed bugs.
If your skin is crawling while you sleep, please call for professional pest control Gilbert AZ. We do our jobs well so you can rest easily. Before you attempt a DIY approach, call us for the best in bed bug treatment for the Phoenix area.
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