Bedbugs are tiny, reddish-brown, parasitic insects that feed on the blood of sleeping humans and pets. They are not known to spread any diseases, but they can irritate people and can cause anemia and other complications. Once your home is infested with bedbugs, it is nearly impossible to get rid of them. If you follow the steps below, you will be able to greatly reduce the chances of a bedbug infestation in your home.
Keep Your Home Cleaned and Sealed
Bedbugs like to populate in places that are not regularly cleaned. In order to prevent an infestation, you need to regularly clean your home. When cleaning your home, it is important to keep the following tips in mind:
- Make sure there is no clutter.
- Check your basement and storage rooms regularly.
- Vacuum your home regularly and focus on hidden spaces, such as under furniture.
- Remove or repair wallpaper that is peeling and secure electric fixtures that are coming loose.
- Seal up holes and cracks in walls, between furniture panels, and between bed boards.
- If you see any signs of bedbug infestation, get in touch with us and we will provide a free inspection.
Inspect Stuff Before Bringing it into Your Home
Even if you have sealed off all entry points, bedbugs or their larvae can enter your home if you accidentally bring them in with you. Here are some tips on how to avoid that:
- Thoroughly inspect new items that you bring home, including: new/used furniture, mattresses, used books or antiques.
- Disinfect any used or refurbished items before bringing them into your home.
- When returning from a trip, disinfect your luggage before entering your home.
Have Your Home Checked by a Professional
If you inspect stuff before bringing it into your home, then the next way that bedbugs could enter is if they come from the surrounding area. We urge you to get in touch with us, and we will inspect your home and spray chemicals that will deter bedbugs. We will also seal up any possible entry points so that bedbugs will not be able to populate in your home.
Although bedbugs typically do not carry diseases, they can be a source of discomfort if they populate in your home. They can cause itchiness and prevent you from sleeping. The key to preventing an infestation is to keep your home clean. If you see any signs of an infestation beginning, get in touch with us and we will come out and remove the bedbugs from your home.
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Image source: BedBugs.org