What most people don’t realize is that there is a lot they can do on their own to help make sure they’ll never have a bed bug infestation. In 2017, we saw a lot of new hiding spots for bed bugs that will make your skin crawl. Additionally, we have noticed a heavy increase in the bed bug infestations reported over the past few years. It’s safe to say that there is a direct correlation between the number of new hiding places we’re finding for bed bugs and the increase of infestations we’re seeing from our customers. We’ve comprised a list of prevention tips to help you avoid bed bug infestations in 2018.
Wash all of your linens regularly. We’ve found that many people wash their clothes on a regular basis but seem to be more relaxed when it comes to pet beds, blankets, and bed linens. Bed bugs are just as likely to be found hiding in these places as they are in your suitcases or on your clothes.
Bed bugs are traveling on us! Beware of trying on clothing in department stores. Both the dressing rooms and the clothing can be breeding grounds for bed bugs. You might not have an infestation at home but if you happen to bring an egg home on a shirt that you purchase, or even on the bottom of your socks/shoes from a changing room, you can have one soon enough.
Don’t confuse bed bugs for fleas! Many people are treating for the wrong pests, subsequently ignoring the real problem! Bed bugs are more round than their oval counterparts and their legs are usually unseen and under the insect.
Purchase “climb-up” monitors. These are devices that go at the base of your beds and other furniture. The idea is that a bed bug will climb in, trying to get to the fabric area and get stuck. This is a way to reduce the population while proving just how terrible the infestation is going to be.
Cut back on clutter. This is not a tip that is going to decrease your risk of infestation, but it will help you discover an infestation quicker, and the quicker you find an infestation the quicker you can call the professionals at Witt Pest Management to help get rid of these pests.
The five tips we suggested are all do-it-yourself ideas that each and every one of us can do to help alleviate the national bed bug crisis. Hotel chains around the country have taken all of these very seriously and you’ll see subtle changes should you travel much. At Witt Pest Management, we understand how frustrating it can be to deal with a bed bug infestation, that's why we have created bed bug control protocols to get rid of bed bugs quickly and efficiently.