When you were a child, your parents may have said to you as they tucked you in, “goodnight, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite.” You likely didn’t realize at the time that bed bugs were, in fact, a real thing – and they actually do bite! Dealing with bed bugs in any capacity is very unpleasant, and it can feel impossible to get rid of them. There are a few steps to take in dealing with a bed bug infestation, but you will need to call a team of experts if home remedies don’t do the trick.
Where Bed Bugs Hide
As you might guess based on the name, bed bugs typically tend to hide out in your mattress and bedding. Start by investigating your mattress, paying special attention to the seams and folds of the mattress. This is where bed bugs will hide out when they’re not looking for their next meal. It’s also important to check your box spring as well, looking for any signs of black spots that look like fecal matter or molted shells.
If you have reason to suspect that they may have spread to other parts of your home, start by checking areas that contain items like upholstered furniture, carpets and rugs, and curtains. Bed bugs like to burrow and hide out during the day, so it’s important scope out your home with a watchful eye to look for any potential activity.
Protecting Your Home
There are several ways you can help fortify your house against these pestilential invaders. Bed bugs have been deemed “the ultimate hitchhikers,” meaning that they can hitch a ride into your home in all kinds of ways – whether attaching onto your clothing, hiding out in your pet’s fur, or burrowing into your backpack. These creatures are the definition of “where there’s a will, there’s a way.”
It’s not enough to maintain a clean home, either. To prevent a bed bug infestation, make sure to regularly de-clutter your home, focusing cleaning out any space that provides them with a potential hiding space. Vacuuming every room in your home a few times a week, or as often as you can, will also help keep them at bay. And lastly, since bed bugs tend to make their homes in mattresses, investing in a mattress cover will go a long way in protecting your home against these pests.
Treating an Infestation
If you find yourself staring down an army of bed bugs despite your best efforts to defend your home against them, don’t worry. While you can certainly try a variety of at-home remedies and solutions to get rid of them, it’s highly recommended that you contact a professional exterminator to fully eradicate the infestation. Because bed bugs can be hard to find, simple DIY home treatments are often not as effective and result in wasted time, energy and money.
To stop the constant cycle of bed bug treatment, call the experts at Stanley Pest Control today. Our team is specially trained in getting rid of these sneaky, persistent pests, and once we investigate your home, we will devise a thorough treatment plan designed to exterminate them at the source. With a variety of options available, we can guarantee fast and effective treatment of your bed bug problems, no matter how big or small. Call us today!