How To Prevent Bed Bugs At Home
While bed bugs aren't known to carry diseases like mosquitoes, a bed bug infestation can interrupt your sleep, make you prone to infections, and even cause severe reactions if you are allergic. Whether you are wondering how the bed bugs got in your home, wanting to get them out or wanting to prevent them from ever getting in your home, you will find the following information helpful.
How the Infestation Started
Despite the fact that bed bugs don't fly, they are a very well-traveled parasite. Bed bugs can now thrive in places where they were once a rare occurrence. Even if you only spend one night in an infested hotel bed, the bugs can stay in your luggage and spread to every bed in the house once you get home.
How to get Rid of Them
If you suspect that your luggage might have been infected by bed bugs, then leave it unopened in direct sunlight for as long as possible, as the sweltering heat will kill any bugs left alive. If you suspect that your bedclothes are infested, wash them in your washing machine on the hottest setting. If your washer's water isn't hot enough, plug your sink, boil plenty of water, soak the sheets and blankets in the boiling water for at least 20 minutes, and then wash them in the washer.
How to Keep Them Out
Preventing an infestation is much better than having to get rid of them, so follow a consistent regimen with the following tasks.
- Wash Bedclothes Often--You should wash your sheets about once per week. Even though you can't see them, an infestation of adolescent bed bugs may have already started. Washing the bedclothes on a consistent schedule will make your bed an unsuitable place to build a parasite colony.
- Use Natural Pesticides--The scents of plants such as eucalyptus, lemongrass, lavender, and clove are often used to keep insects and other pests away. While there is little research to indicate which scents work best for specific species, applying the scents mentioned above will at least help to keep some pests away.
Even though there are far more dangerous parasites that could be living in your home, you should never ignore a bed bug infestation. At the very least, bed bugs can make you itchy and your bed unsanitary. For more information, or if you would like professional assistance, contact Pest Control Solutions or a similar company.