Bed bugs — two words that send shivers down the spines of people across North America. While they may seem scary, there are some steps you can take that can help prevent an infestation from taking place. We’ve put together this list of some of the ways you can prevent bed bugs from doing their best Goldilocks impression in your home. Are you dealing with a bed bug infestation? Looking for pest control in South Bend? Call Termishield today to serve those bed bugs an eviction notice.

-Be Careful With Used Items

If you’re purchasing clothes, furniture, or even electronics second-hand or through a thrift store, it’s very important that you inspect them thoroughly before you bring them home. Not only can bed bugs hitch a ride on an old mattress or couch, but they can also hide out in the vents of electronic devices only to hop out once you bring them inside your house. Even if you think it looks clean from first glance, be cautious and inspect for any potential signs of an infestation.

-No Moving Blankets

When you have to move, it can be stressful enough. The last thing you want is to have unwanted tenants making the trip with you. Moving companies often offer blankets to help protect your furniture, but it’s better to avoid them. Those blankets might not be cleaned on a regular basis and bed bugs may have latched on when a previous mover used it. You’re better off using your own blankets, especially since moving companies typically charge you to use theirs. Paying them to get bed bugs? That’s just crazy.

-Seal Your Home

Bed bugs can get into your home in a variety of ways without you noticing it. Along with other creepy crawlers, they can enter through cracks in walls and holes in screen doors. Take the proper precautions by repairing any damaged screens and caulking cracks where possible. Pay close attention to the point where your floor meets the wall, especially if you have baseboards because they are often not installed flush against each other, which can provide a perfect entry point. A good rule to remember is any opening you find that can fit a business card is a good hiding place for bed bugs.

-Bed Bug Monitors

Use monitors (such as ClimbUp Monitors) to keep bed bugs from making their way up onto your bed. While this can help prevent them from getting up there, they have other ways to make it, but this can definitely help. All you need to do is place the monitors under each bedpost and check them regularly for signs of an infestation. Not only are they good at preventing an infestation from taking place, but they’re also very helpful if you’re worried you are already infested.

-Inspect Furniture Regularly

This might seem obvious, but you’d be surprised at how little attention people pay to their furniture. Start your inspection with any older furniture, items that have visible cracks, or were purchased at a secondhand store. Some of the signs you should be on the lookout for include:

  • Small blood stains on bed sheets
  • Bed bug fecal spots, egg shells, or discarded skins
  • Dark or rusty spots on sheets, mattresses, and walls
  • Musty or gross odor (from bed bugs scent glands)

Bed bugs are interlopers that we just can’t stand. If you notice signs of a bed bug infestation, you’re unlikely to be able to get rid of them on your own. Instead, call the professionals at Termishield in South Bend and let us handle it.