Bed Bug Prevention Tips in Southern Texas
Bed bugs have become a real problem here in southern Texas over the past ten years. Making a big comeback recently with increased pesticide resistance, bed bugs have become an issue that everybody should be aware of. Whether you’re a frequent traveler or you’re a homebody, you need to be taking steps to help prevent the spread of bed bugs.
Identifying Bed Bugs
The first step in bed bug prevention is identification. Bed bugs can easily be misidentified as ticks or fleas, so make sure that you understand the signs of bed bugs. Bed bugs are small wingless pests that are brown in color with flat bodies. They are usually 3-5mm across and are oval in shape. Here are some signs to be looking for when you’re searching for bed bugs.
Blood stains/spots on your sheets
Bed bugs feed on the blood of their host at night. The saliva from their bites slows the clotting of blood, allowing them to feed on more blood per bite. If you see small blood spots on your sheets, that is a strong indicator for bed bugs.
Look for bed bug eggs
Bed bug eggs are very small, usually about 1 mm in length. These small, white colored eggs are most commonly found in between couch cushions, under the frame of your bed, in cracks or crevices, or in a corner. There will be up to 200 eggs in the nesting site, so keep your eyes peeled for any small white eggs.
Clean Up the Clutter
A cluttered home is a bed bugs dream home. Clutter gives bed bugs more places to hide and makes treating them more difficult. Start by getting rid of clutter against the walls, then declutter the rest of the room. Long story short, the less places bed bugs have to hide, nest and breed, the better.
Don’t Put Suitcases on Your Bed
When you’re staying in a hotel while traveling, where is the most common place that people open their luggage? People tend to put their luggage on the bed to sort through their clothes and other belongings. If this sounds like you, don’t put your luggage on the bed!
When you arrive to your hotel, keep your suitcases in the bathroom and inspect the bed, bed frame and furniture for signs of bed bugs. Even if there aren’t any signs of bed bugs, it’s better to just keep your belongings off of the bed, that way you won’t accidentally bring any unwanted visitors home to Texas with you.
Use a Mattress Cover
If you don’t already have bed bugs, using a mattress cover can be a great way to make sure that they don’t turn your nice mattress into their home. Cloth, zippered mattress covers are great because they don’t have fold near the zippers, preventing bed bugs from nesting in or on the cover.
Get a Professional Bed Bug Treatment
If you are already dealing with a bed bug infestation, it can be frustrating trying to deal with the problem on your own. Usually not taken care of by home remedies alone, a professional bed bug treatment will safely, effectively and permanently eliminate bed bugs from your home or local business.
If you are dealing with an infestation, contact your local pest professional to put a stop to the bed bugs for good.