Careful Planning Can Help You Prevent a Bed Bug Infestation
Just because you don't hear about bed bugs in the news every day doesn't mean you should let down your guard. While we wouldn’t consider bed bugs to be a seasonal pest, many folks believe that bed bug activity peaks in the summertime.
According to Pest World’s Bugs Without Borders Survey, 50% of Pest Management Professionals say that summer is the time of year when they receive more bed bug calls. Perhaps this is due to summer being heightened travel season or maybe bed bugs just prefer warmer temperatures.
Regardless of why, don't ruin a great trip by bringing back bed bugs. In this blog from Bed Bug Heaters, learn how careful planning could protect you and your family the expense, mental anguish, and inconvenience of a bed bug infestation.
Do Some Careful Research and Planning Before You Go
Search the web. Bed bug reports are tracked on several websites. You can also look up a particular hotel and read through the reviews and learn if any reports of bed bugs have happened at the hotel recently. Don’t forget that bed bugs do not discriminate. Bed bugs can happen in the cheapest of motels or the finest, five-star rated hotel.
Use Encasements at Home
Another planning tip is to protect your mattress and box spring with bedding products that help protect against bed bug infestations. Mattress and box spring encasements and liners are available that will protect you and your mattress from bed bugs. These products have been tested to keep bed bugs out of your bedding products by creating a seal which they cannot penetrate. Mattresses and box springs can be quite expensive these days so taking the extra step to protect them and you makes sense economically.
Protect Your Luggage
Bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers. One of the most common ways in which you can bring bed bugs home is when they infest your luggage while you are in a hotel.
Before you unpack, make sure that your hotel room is clear of bed bugs. Check the mattress, box springs, and bedding. Inspect the upholstered items next, then check the headboard and the floor under the bed. When you get home, make sure that you thoroughly check your luggage and wash your clothing.
A luggage spray is also available that will help repel bed bugs from your belongings if it comes into contact with them. You simply spray the luggage before your trip to reduce your chance of picking up bed bugs during your travels.
Find a Reliable Treatment Plan Ahead of Time
No matter how cautious you are, sometimes a bed bug outbreak will happen. When it does, you don’t want to be searching for solutions in a panic. A heat treatment is the easiest, safest, and often the most affordable bed bug treatment. At Bed Bug Heaters, you can select from a wide variety of units that will get rid of your bed bug problem in no time.
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If you find yourself in need of an affordable bed bug treatment, Bed Bug Heaters has your solution. For more information, give us a call at (937) 506-6940 or contact us online today.
Five Steps to Take if You've Been Exposed to Bed Bugs
Discovering that you have been exposed to bed bugs can be quite upsetting. Exposure to bed bugs can happen anywhere, from your local movie theater to a stay at a hotel or an outbreak at your child’s college dorm. The good news is, if you find that you have been exposed to bed bugs, following these simple steps from Bed Bug Heaters can keep them from spreading.
Five Tips for Dealing with Bed Bug Exposure
Determining if your home is infested with bed bugs is usually a pretty easy process. Look for these signs:
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Top Ten Tips to Prevent or Control Bed Bug Infestations
“Don’t let the bed bugs bite” is a humorous bit of advice, but when you have a bed bug infestation it can be tough to follow (and tougher still to find the humor in it). Today, the team at Bed Bug Heaters shares our top ten tips for dealing with bed bug infestations.
Top Ten Tips to Deal With Bed Bug Infestations
1. Be sure you really have bed bugs.
Bed bugs are often confused with fleas, ticks, and other insects. You can compare your specimen to the pictures on the Environmental Protection Agency's site.
2. Keep calm.
Eliminating bed bugs can be difficult, but it’s not impossible. Don’t just discard all of your belongings immediately. Most of your things can be treated and saved. Throwing things away is expensive and could cause even more stress. It may also spread the bed bugs to other people's homes.
3. Evaluate your treatment options.
Think through your plans for dealing with the bed bugs. Don't immediately reach for the spray can. Try other things first. There are many bed bug treatments, but not all of them are effective. A heat treatment is often the easiest, safest, and most affordable bed bug treatment.
4. Tidy up.
A messy home gives bed bugs more hiding places, so it’s harder to eradicate them. Put away clean laundry as soon as it’s out of the dryer so it can’t get contaminated by fabrics on surfaces such as the floor or furniture.
5. Focus on your mattress and bedding.
If there are bed bugs in your mattress, use encasements on your mattress and box springs. These specially made bed bug covers make it harder for them to attack while you’re sleeping. Keep the encasements in place for a year. Make sure you buy a product that has been tested for bed bugs and is strong enough to endure a full year of use without tearing.
Regularly wash and dry your bedspreads, blankets, bed sheets, and any clothing that touches the floor in a hot air dryer. The heat drying will reduce the number of bed bugs. Bed bugs and their eggs can hide in hampers and other laundry containers, so be sure to clean them each time you do your laundry.
6. Don't share your bed bugs.
Bed bugs can be really good at hitchhiking. So if you’re throwing out a mattress or other furniture that has been infested with bed bugs, you should cut through it or in some way destroy it so that no one else takes it and brings bed bugs into their home. You may even want to pin a note to the item that says “Warning! Contains bed bugs!”
7. Vacuum to reduce bites by reducing the number of bed bugs.
Vacuuming can get rid of some of your bed bugs if you do a thorough job. Pay special attention to all cracks and crevices around the room, floors, rugs, bed frames, under beds, around bed legs and, upholstered furniture. You should change the bag after each use and place it in a tightly sealed plastic bag in an outside garbage bin. That way, bed bugs can’t escape.
8. Don’t rely on do-it-yourself freezing.
You can kill bed bugs by freezing them, but temperatures must stay very low for a long time. Home freezers may not get cold enough to do the job. Bed bugs will die in 0°F temperatures, but they must be kept at that temp for four days.
9. You can kill bed bugs with heat, but be cautious.
To kill bed bugs with heat, the room or container they are in must be higher than 113°F to make sure the sustained heat gets to the bugs no matter where they are hiding. This can usually only be achieved with special equipment. Consult the experts at Bed Bug Heaters to make sure your efforts will be the most effective.
10. Turn to the professionals, if needed.You can increase your chance of success in getting rid of bed bugs by hiring an experienced, responsible pest control professional. Your state pesticide agency can give you information about hiring professional pest control companies. Also, the EPA's Citizen's Guide to Pest Control and Pesticide Safety provides information about Integrated Pest Management approaches, how to choose a pest control company, safe handling of pesticides, and emergency information.
Contact Bed Bug Heaters for Affordable Bed Bug Treatment
If you need an easy, safe, affordable bed bug treatment, Bed Bug Heaters has your solution. We have a wide variety of units. Let our experts help you select the best one to handle your bed bug problem. Give us a call at (937) 506-6940 or contact us online today.
How Do I Protect Myself from Bed Bugs in Public Places?
Bed bug infestations don’t develop in public places such as offices, classrooms, movie theaters, or department stores very often. But these place can be great transfer hubs for bed bugs to hitchhike a ride into your home. Read on in today’s blog from Bed Bug Heaters to learn helpful strategies to protect yourself and reduce the spread of bed bugs.
Ways to Combat Bed Bugs
If a bed bug is found, you should inform facility staff immediately. They should take point for any control efforts. Remember, discovering a single bed bug does not mean there’s an infestation. A treatment plan will only be implemented if a true infestation is found with breeding bed bugs.
The facility staff should alert everyone who works in the building. They should let everyone know how the situation will be handled. This information will help everyone know to take extra steps to avoid infestations in their homes. Open communication about the problem will also curb speculation and rumors.
Use a Heat Treatment from Bed Bug Heaters
A heat treatment is the easiest, safest, and often the most affordable bed bug treatment. To kill bed bugs with heat, the room or container they are in must be higher than 113°F to make sure the sustained heat gets to the bugs no matter where they may be hiding. This can usually only be achieved with special equipment.
Bed Bug Heaters has your solution. Bed Bug Heaters has a wide variety of units, so you can find the right one to handle your bed bug problem. For more information, give us a call at (937) 506-6940 or contact us online today.
Should I Keep My Mattress After Bed Bugs?
Most bed bugs can be found in the seams and folds of your mattress. While you may think getting rid of your bed will get rid of the problem, it plays a relatively small role in the debugging process. While part of the infestation will be gone, bed bugs can repopulate quickly and spread. Even if you’ve purchased a new mattress shortly after if the problem isn’t fixed, it’s likely they’ll invade your new sleeping quarters quickly. Here are some reasons why you should keep your bed after having a bed bug infestation.
You Still Need A Bed To Sleep OnThe bed that is crawling with bed bugs was probably recently used if it was infested. While you may not want to sleep in your bed, sleeping on the floor could be even worse. Bed bugs will have an all-access path to your body while you sleep, with nothing in the way to make traveling to you difficult. While most people tend to sleep somewhere else or just leave the home altogether, leaving the situation uncontrolled can be dangerous. If you aren’t monitoring the bed bugs carefully they can spread to other areas of your home in search of food.
Replacing A Bed Is ExpensiveBed sets can be expensive. Beds usually contain the mattress, box spring, headboard, frame, and all of the pillows and comforter sets. Do you want to throw all of that money away? You’ll still need a bed to sleep on, and even getting rid of the mattress may not get rid of your infestation problem. If you decide to throw your mattress away, think about:
Moving Your Mattress Could Add To The ProblemGetting rid of your mattress during a bed bug infestation can be a good way to solve a bulk of the problem. However, during the moving process, you could potentially make the problem bigger. Depending on how you move the mattress out, it could drag on the floor and bump into walls, causing the infestation to disperse across your home and making it harder to treat. If you do decide to get rid of your mattress, plan out how to get rid of it accordingly without worsening the situation. Think about the problems the bed could create for someone else transporting it before you move it so you can make a strategy on how best handle the situation.
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