The worst of it is over. After braving the nightmare of a bed bug infestation, you called in the cavalry to rid your home of the pesky, blood-sucking insects and you’ve been given an all clear on a follow-up inspection. Now what?
Follow these safe practices to ensure you don’t witness another bed bug infestation in your home.
Conduct Weekly Inspections
No, you don’t have to call in the canines every week. Conduct your own weekly inspections of your home’s beds, bed sheets and headboards. Doing so will not only give you peace of mind, but will also enable you to catch any other infestation in its early stages.
Also, it is wise to de-clutter your home often. The more objects lying around, the more hiding spots for bed bugs.
Invest in a PackTite
Whether you’re a frequent traveler or have children returning from college, we recommend that you invest in technology that protects you from bed bugs, like Packtite, a portable heater that will greatly reduce your chances of another bed bug infestation. Because heat is one of the proven methods to kill the insects, throw your luggage inside the Packtite when you return home, turn it on and feel confident any possible unwanted guests won’t be bothering you. You can also throw your purses or briefcases in it, too.
If you have houseguests, place all of their sheets, pillows and comforters in the heater or a dryer after their visit. This does not mean your guests are dirty people or come from a dirty home! Bed bugs can find a nesting place in even the cleanest of homes, so treating their bedding is merely a precaution to prevent another infestation.
Be aware that bed bugs can be anywhere, especially in places where large numbers of people gather, like airports, train stations, churches, schools and hospitals. Obviously, you can’t avoid these places all the time. But, you should be more vigilant about checking your clothing, your purse and your children’s belongings after being in busy public places.
Other high-risk situations include buying used furniture and clothing from consignment shops. If you can afford new furniture, that is the best route to go, and ask the delivery staff if they use the same trucks to deliver new furniture as they do to haul away old furniture. It’s possible that bed bugs could hitchhike a ride on your new couch into your home. For consignment clothing, consider throwing it in a Packtite, or at least in the dryer on high heat before putting it in your closet.
While it may seem the threat of bed bugs is everywhere, there is no reason to live in fear. Your best defense is knowledge. The more you know about their behaviors and habitats, the better you will be at preventing them from entering your home…again.
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