Of all the bugs that you have to worry about during the Denver summers, bed bugs might be the most worrisome. The creepy crawling bugs seem to come out of nowhere and all of a sudden you’re having to deal with an infestation. In a previous post, we talked about where bed bugs come from, but possibly more importantly, is how to keep them from entering the home or business in the first place.
If you are dealing with an infestation, call the bed bug exterminators at Thermanator. We offer innovative equipment and proven methods that will ensure the bugs are completely eliminated from your home. Before the problem spreads around your home or to other homes in the area, call an expert today for heat treatments.
A misunderstanding about bed bugs is that they only live in your mattress. However, they can be found wherever they can find a reliable meal, which could be your living room couch. To ensure that bed bugs don’t spread from room to room, vacuum the floors thoroughly. Pay special attention to the corners of rooms where walls and the floor meet. After vacuuming, remove the bag or the contents of the vacuum and close it up tightly to prevent them from getting back in your house.
Messy closets are a common culprit of allowing bed bugs an extra place to hide in. Clothes or other items laying on the floor give bed bugs protection and can make getting rid of an infestation even harder. If possible, clean up, donate, or recycle any piles of clutter that have accumulated.
Check Your Pets
If you have a dog or cat bed for them to sleep on, inspect these for signs of bed bugs. Bed bugs like spaces where they can hide in, so any crevice in any type of bed will be just right. Be sure to consistently wash the bed as well.
Cover Your Mattress
There are a variety of options for mattress covers that will protect the mattress from bed bugs setting up home there. Look for one that is made of durable fabric that won’t tear and doesn’t have any folds around the zipper for bugs to hide in. A mattress cover will protect your mattress, but it doesn’t prevent an infestation or get rid of an existing one. Call a bed bug exterminator in Denver for professional treatment.
Check Used Items
Everyone loves a good find at a thrift store, right? Except when you get a surprise bed bug infestation. Whether you’re shopping for a used couch, a t-shirt, or even used electronics, these sorts of items are more susceptible to bed bugs looking to catch a ride to your home. If you do purchase used items, make sure to inspect them thoroughly, and if possible, wash or have them professionally cleaned before bringing them into your home.
Avoid Moving Blankets
Along those same lines, if you’re planning on moving to or from the Denver area, avoid using used moving blankets. Rarely are these items cleaned and you don’t know where they have been. If you use a moving blanket for your couch, dresser, or kitchen appliances, bed bugs can transfer to these items, and then to your new home.
Regularly inspect your furniture, including end tables, chairs, couches, and your mattress and boxspring, for signs of bed bugs. You will see signs of the bugs defecating on the folds, old shells, or even the bugs themselves. If you do see anything, even if you’re unsure whether or not it’s bed bugs, call an exterminator for a bed bug inspection.
The next time you go shopping, be wary of the dressing room. Use the wall hooks to hang all of your clothes instead of placing them on cushioned chairs or the floor. And remember, bed bugs don’t discriminate, you can find them in high-end shops, thrift stores, and everything in between.
No one wants to worry about bed bugs, but if you always have these tips in mind, and know what to look for, you can better prevent an infestation. At the first sign, give the bed bug exterminators at Thermanator a call for quick, reliable, and effective treatment.