Now that winter has subsided, those evil parasites — bed bugs — may very well come out in droves. The insects don’t like the cold, and can often survive up to a year without feeding. Which means that if they’ve been hiding in your walls to stay warm, there’s a good chance that they could find their way to your bed and feast upon your blood.
Protecting yourself and your loved ones is paramount. Let’s discuss a few bed bug prevention tips that can help you either keep them out of your home or deal with them once they’re inside.
Inspect certain items coming into your home
Out of all the bed bug prevention tips you might hear, this could be the most important. If you believe that your area is prone to the little critters, be sure to perform routine checks of clothing, boxes, furniture or anything else that might hide them when they’re brought into your home. Bed bugs are notorious for hitching a ride in order to move from place to the next. Do a thorough inspection of the aforementioned items. Check every nook and cranny of each item, because bed bugs are very small and can easily hide from you.
Set up sentries while you sleep
Bed bugs are most likely to “attack” at night when you’re asleep. They crawl up the legs of your bed in search of food, and revel in the discovery of a nice tasty leg or arm to sink their teeth into. A great prevention technique involves setting up a series of bed bug traps as sentries around your bed. There are two types of traps, active and nonactive. The active ones include a chemical that lures the bed bugs to the trap and eliminates them. Inactive traps rely on you placing them beneath the legs of your bed and waiting for the pests to become trapped when they attempt to reach you on the bed. Another fantastic way to stop bed bugs is to use a mattress cover, which will keep them from entering its folds.
Look for signs of a bed bug infestation
All the bed bug prevention tips in the world won’t benefit you if they’re already inside your home and you don’t even realize it. The bed bug traps mentioned above are one way to test your home for bed bugs. After all, if you catch one, that’s an obvious clue. Another technique is to pay attention to any itching sensations or rashes that develop on your skin. Either can be a telltale sign of bed bug activity. Also be sure to check your furniture by rubbing a latex glove inside the creases. Black spots indicate bed bug feces.
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