How to Keep Bed Bugs Away

If just thinking about bed bugs is enough to make your skin itch, you are not alone. Bed bugs are quite resilient and are they are capable of surviving several months to a year without feeding. No one wants to have bed bugs in their Phoenix or Tucson home. Not only are these pests a nuisance, they can impact your family’s health and ability to comfortably sleep. These pests are tiny, and as mentioned, could go undetected for a long period of time. The best solution to a bed bug problem is to keep bed bugs away from your home in the first place. Once these little critters have found their way into your environment they are hard to get rid of.

We are going to review some tips for how to keep bed bugs away so you can rest easy.

Tips for How to Keep Bed Bugs Away

Pest professionals are contacted about bed bugs more than almost any other type of pest. As we have reviewed before, there are signs that you may have bed bugs in your home that you can watch for; however, preventing them, is the best way to ensure you don’t end up with an infestation.

Let’s take a look at some ways you can keep bed bugs away:

  • Inspect secondhand furniture, beds, couches, chairs, desks, etc. for any signs of a bed bug infestation before bringing them into your home.
    • If you notice bed bugs, don’t bring the item inside your Tucson or Phoenix home.
  • For beds, use a protective cover that encases mattresses and box springs to eliminate common hiding spots. The light color of the encasement makes bed bugs easier to see.
    • Regularly wash and heat-dry your bedding and any clothing that touches the floor.
      • This can help to reduce the number of bed bugs. Plus, heat from a dryer can often kill these little crawlers.
  • Reduce clutter in your home to decrease hiding spots for bed bugs. A cluttered home provides more places for bed bugs to hide and makes locating and treating them harder.
    • Bed bugs are known to hide in cardboard, so try to unpack boxes quickly and replace any cardboard boxes used for storage with plastic containers.
  • Vacuum frequently to remove any successful invaders. Vacuuming often can help to get rid of these pests before they reproduce and grown in population.
    • Carefully vacuum rugs, floors, upholstered furniture, bed frames, under beds, around bed legs, and all cracks and crevices around the room. Change the bag or empty your vacuum after each use so the bed bugs can’t escape (EPA).
  • Be alert when using shared laundry facilities or staying outside of your home. Transport items to be washed in plastic bags. Remove items from a dryer directly and place them into a new bag and fold away from the shared location.
  • If you live or work in a multi-family home or office building, try to isolate your space by:
    • Installing door sweeps on the bottom of doors to discourage bed bugs from coming in from hallways.
    • Sealing cracks and crevices around baseboards, light sockets, etc. This will deter movement through wall cavities.

Keeping bed bugs out of your Phoenix or Tucson home is probably pretty high on your list of pests to prevent.

If you find yourself with a bed bug problem, hire a professional for pest control. Trying to treat for bed bugs on your own is usually unsuccessful. You can’t just throw out all of your belongings and start fresh, because bed bugs can hide in wallpaper, flooring, and other corners and areas throughout your home. Leave bed bug elimination up to a professional who will ensure they get rid of each and every one of these pests.

Bucksworth is your trusted bed bug pest control company in Arizona, in the East Valley and beyond. When you have a bed bug problem, contact us. With our 24-Hour Promise, we will be at your home in under 24 hours to fix the problem, and when it comes to bed bugs, the problem cannot wait.