Six Tips to Prevent a Bed Bug Infestation

June 11, 2018

How do you know if you have a bed bug problem? When do you need to get professional bed bug treatment in WI? And most importantly, what are the best ways to keep bed bugs out of your home? Ideally, you want to take preventative measures to avoid having these creepy critters living in your house and on your possessions. We want to help!

Below are six tips to prevent a bed bug infestation:

  • Cover unused outlets: Bed bugs are crafty little menaces. If they sense you or a pest exterminator coming after them, they may retreat into convenient hiding places, like electrical outlet openings. They are quick to climb into outlet holes and stay put until the threat has passed. But in severe cases of bed bug infestations, bugs can move inside your walls after entering power outlets. This means the infestation can spread to other areas of your home or business. For this reason, you should cover all unused power outlets in your home or office.
  • Know the signs of bed bugs: Bed bug bites are typically small red bumps that can be itchy and appear in rows on the skin. Bites can take a while to go away. And don’t ignore dark colored dots on or around your furniture, beds, baseboards, electrical outlets and other indoor areas. Further inspection could reveal these dots to be bed bug droppings.
  • Get a bed bug treatment: Whether you only see signs that bed bugs are around or are dealing with an infestation, consider hiring an exterminator. Sure, there are many home remedies circling the Internet that claim to get rid of bed bugs, but treating these bugs is a complex process that requires professional bed bug treatment in WI. A pro will have better success at safely, effectively and permanently eliminating bed bugs from where you live or work.
  • Vacuum everything you can: Even though they are called “bed bugs” and are frequently found in and around beds, it’s also very common to find them living in carpets and upholstery. To prevent an infestation, be sure to thoroughly vacuum everywhere bed bugs could be hiding, like mattresses, box springs, carpets, rugs and drapes. When you’re done vacuuming, remove the vacuum bag or canister and place it in a trash bag to transfer to the outdoors.
  • Banish clutter: Cluttered areas attract bed bugs, so clear clutter from areas of your home, especially from against the walls. Get rid of things you don’t need, then organize and properly store your belongings to prevent bed bug infestations.
  • Check pet beds: Because warm pet bedding is also at risk for bed bugs and their eggs, make sure to pay close attention to and inspect pet beds and pet sleeping areas. Wash bedding often in hot water (unless the care instructions say differently).

If you aren’t sure whether to call a professional for bed bug treatment in WI, keep in mind that the experts are trained to use the products and equipment needed to treat the problem. Call ANT’s Complete Pest Control for a service estimate or free pest control consultation today!

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