Are you trying to avoid bed bugs? Eliminating bed bugs can be a lot simpler than the existing infestation. According to the Bugs Without Borders survey, conducted in 2015 by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), bed bugs are the most difficult kind of pest to be treated, even more difficult than termites, cockroaches, mosquitoes, and ants.
Eliminating bed bugs might take several treatments by the pest control professionals depending on the type of treatment they are using and the scope of the infestation. Luckily, there are many different ways to treat them and many things that the pest control professional can do to prevent the bed bugs into your home.
Since there have been many campaigns and various discussions in order to increase the public awareness, many Americans have learned and are modifying their everyday behavior in order to minimize and avoid the risk of infestation.
Here are some interesting findings according to the survey mentioned above:
- 27% of the respondents have washed their clothes when they returned from a trip
- 17% have vacuumed their suitcases when they returned from a trip
- 25% checked the hotel rooms for bed bugs
- 12% have canceled or altered their travel plans because they were concerned about bed bugs
We, at the ServicePro highly recommend regular pest control inspections as one of the best methods to avoid and prevent bed bugs infestations. Here are some tips to learn more about how to protect your home from a bed bug infestation:
- Make sure you wash your clothes upon returning from a trip
- Vacuum your suitcases once you return from vacation
- Check the bed sheets for blood spots
- Consider carrying a large plastic bag where you can keep your suitcase while staying in a hotel during your vacation
- Bring a small flashlight on your trip to assist you for a quick visual inspection
- Avoid bringing second-hand furniture into your household, make sure you inspect it first or hire a pest control professional to detect if there is a beg bug infestation.
- Check the areas in your home where your pets sleep