Bed bugs are tiny, flat bugs that dwell in groups, typically in your bed mattress or box spring. They live off of blood, so it's common for people with a bed bug infestation to wake up with bites on their skin. However, bed bug bites are often confused with flea or mosquito bites, so many times people have a bed bug infestation without knowing it. It isn't easy to get rid of bed bugs. In fact, you might have to enlist the help of a professional bed bug exterminator to remove them all. However, there are several things that you can do to prevent bed bugs from infesting your home in the first place.
Regularly Check Your Bed Mattress
In the off chance that you or one of your family members carries a bed bug into your home, you're most likely to find signs of the little creature on your bed mattress. So, every time you change your sheets, take a second to inspect your mattress. Bed bugs are nocturnal, so it isn't likely that you'll actually see a bug. Because of this you need to look for these things:
- Bed bug feces: small dark spots that may or may not bleed slightly on fabric like a marker would.
- Crushed bed bugs: reddish brown or rusty-looking stains on your bed mattress or sheets.
- Bed bug eggs and eggshells: tiny, pale-yellow skins that are eventually shed by baby bed bugs as they grow.
Immediately Unpack and Clean after a Trip
It's common for people to bring bed bugs into their homes from hotel rooms. In fact, people often associate bed bug infestations with cheap motels. However, because bed bugs live on blood, they don't care whether a hotel room is clean or dirty. They can live anywhere. So, after you take a trip, make sure you do the following:
- Immediately unpack your suitcase and wash all of your clothes—even the clean ones.
- Inspect items that can't be washed, such as souvenirs, shoes, and accessories, to make sure they are bed bug free before putting the items away.
- Vacuum out your suitcase completely.
Clear Out Your Clutter
People who have a lot of clutter in their homes have a higher risk of pest infestations, including bed bugs, because there are so many places for the insects to hide. Unfortunately, cluttered homes are also more difficult for bed bed exterminators to treat. So, in order to prevent a bed bug infestation, take some time to clear your home of clutter. Then, clean out your closets and drawers on a regular basis to avoid it becoming cluttered again.
Bed bugs may be difficult to get rid of, but it isn't hard to prevent an infestation altogether. Simply taking the time to inspect your mattress and declutter your home on a regular basis could save you from needing to call a pest control company.