Bed Bugs: What You Need to Know & How to Prevent Them

August 26, 2018

Bed bug activity has increased rapidly over the past five years and has left many people wondering why these parasitic pests have made such a comeback. Here’s what you need to know about bed bugs and the things you can do to prevent them in your home (hint: it’s not just about cleanliness).

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  • Bed bugs travel. Furniture, clothing, and bedding are all items that bed bugs can live and travel in. If you’re getting second-hand furniture or clothing make sure you inspect it before bringing it into your home.

  • Bed bugs are capable of surviving without feeding for up to a year; if you detect signs of bed bug activity it’s important that you call to get your home treated because they won’t go away on their own.

  • Vacuum your home frequently; make sure to your furniture, pet beds, or any other areas where bed bugs may be hiding as well.

  • Reduce clutter to reduce the number of places that bed bugs can hide inside your home.

  • If you’ve been somewhere that you suspect there may have been bed bugs, put your clothes in straight in the dryer at a high temperature; water won't kill bed bugs, but the heat will!

  • Mattress encasements make it easy to detect bed bugs by trapping them and making them easier to see.

Call Triple S Pest Control if you need an inspection or bed bug treatment for your home.

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