Guelph Pest Removal: Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite!

Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite

Bed bugs are small, they breed prodigiously, and they cause itchy, irritating bites that don’t start bothering you until you wake up. The best solution to an infestation is bed bug removal in Guelph from professional pest control services. Nevertheless, it is preferable to prevent an infestation in the first place. Here are some tips to help you prevent or control a bed bug problem.

1. Be Careful What You Bring Into the House

Bed bugs like to stay hidden near their hosts so they can feed when the hosts fall asleep. Therefore, they often hide in furniture. Bed bugs are flat insects about the size, shape, and colour of apple seeds, which allows them to squeeze into very small crevices.

If you buy furniture or other home goods from a secondhand store, it could be infested with bed bugs. They may remain hidden until it becomes dark and then come out to find their new hosts. If you purchase anything secondhand, inspect it carefully for bed bugs before bringing it home.

It is not only secondhand goods that you have to be careful of. People often bring bed bugs to hotels in their luggage without realizing it. The bed bugs may leave the luggage, find a new hiding place somewhere in the hotel room, and then crawl into your luggage when you stay in the room to hitch a ride home with you. Whenever you check into a hotel room, check it for bed bugs. Keep your luggage on a stand off the floor to make it harder for bed bugs to get into your bags.

2. Get Rid of Clutter

Despite what many people think, bed bugs are not particularly attracted to unhygienic living conditions. They only live on blood, and they can get that in either a clean or dirty environment. Nevertheless, clutter around your home does provide more potential hiding places for bed bugs. Therefore, while getting rid of clutter doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll never have a bed bug infestation, it can make them easier to detect if they do infiltrate your home.

It also helps to know what signs to look for. While adult bed bugs may stand out against bedding because of their dark colour, their ability to squeeze into small spaces, such as mattress seams, makes them hard to spot. Immature bed bugs are even harder to see due to their smaller sizes. However, they do leave recognizable signs behind:

  • Eggs
  • Shed shells
  • Stained bedding
  • Foul, musty odour

3. Vacuum

If you find bed bugs in your home, you can contain them by vacuuming them up. Vacuuming doesn’t kill bed bugs; it just makes them easier to dispose of. After vacuuming bed bugs, remove the bag and close it up with tape. Then put the vacuum bag into a sealable plastic bag and make sure this is closed tightly before throwing it away. If you don’t have a vacuum with a bag, empty the removable container into a plastic bag and throw it away after sealing it tightly. Change the filter and wash the removable container in hot, soapy water before putting it back.

If you fail to dispose of the vacuum contents after vacuuming bed bugs, they can get out and re-infest your home. Also, don’t assume that the bed bugs you could remove with your vacuum cleaner are the only ones in your home. Perform an inspection after vacuuming to see if there are any more bed bugs hiding in other areas of the house.

Innovative Bed Bug Removal in Guelph From Truly Nolen

We use a high-pressure misting system that is effective at killing bed bugs without harming your belongings. Contact us for an inspection of your home, and we can determine a course of action from there.