How to Keep Your Vancouver Home Free of Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are one of the more maddening pests that could enter your home. Nobody wants to lay down for a good night’s rest and end up covered in bites. Contrary to popular belief, having bed bugs does not mean you are an unclean person since they are drawn equally to all people without prejudice. It is always a good idea to get informed and learn how to detect them, prevent them, and dispose of them. Read the following to get the scoop on your bed’s worst enemy.
How to Detect Bed Bugs
Since bed bugs love dark crevices and are attracted to the heat and carbon dioxide that humans give off (not unlike flies or mosquitoes), they are most often found in furniture crevices and around baseboards of beds. Since they are nocturnal, you are very unlikely to see them on a day-to-day basis as they stay concealed when you are likely awake. Red, itchy spots on your skin or tiny blood spots on your mattress can be an indication that you have bed bugs in your home. You can sometimes find them along the seam of a mattress. The edges of the box spring as well as the headboard can also be worth inspecting. Bed bugs are small (about a quarter of an inch long), wingless bugs that have a rounded shape to them. Their eggs can be two to four times smaller, so they are quite difficult to detect. If you can find them, they will likely be in crevices near a feeding area.
How to Prevent Bed Bugs
If you do any traveling, bed bugs can hide among your clothing and other items to return home with you and infiltrate a new house. Inspecting and cleaning your clothes when leaving from anywhere new can help to prevent this. Another possible source of bed bugs can be used clothing and furniture. Always be weary before bringing anything used into your home. Obviously everything used isn’t going to be contaminated, but it is better to be safe and inspect everything. Remember that bed bugs love fabric and keeping your fabric-based belongings clean on a regular basis will help to flush out any bed bugs that might make it into your home.
How to Dispose of Bed Bugs
Noticing blood on your sheets or mattress or a member of your home is complaining about bite marks at night? Disposing of bed bugs and preventing them somewhat go hand in hand to an extent. Cleaning your bedding and clothing regularly can help dispose of some. You should also reduce clutter in your room and vacuum any carpets or mats habitually to narrow down their hiding spots and perhaps exterminate some in the process. Examining and tidying up your bed frame can also be of use. Consider sealing up any cracks or crevices in the frame to further minimize their hiding spots. When the situation seems out of control, you should definitely employ an exterminator to thoroughly clean your home of the pesky critters.
Remember, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t hesitate to seek out help from a pest control and removal company for your Vancouver home. End the bed bug’s tyranny over your mattress and get back to having peaceful sleeps.