Everything you need to know about pests
Ever wondered how you got a bed bug infestation months after you got home from a vacation? If you have, you might be asking how that happened, when you have been very diligent in cleaning your home as long as you can remember and even after your travel. This can really be a nightmare not only because you are scratching all night long, but more so because you have to think of the cost to have them eliminated by a reliable pest exterminator.
With accurate and practical steps, you can save yourself from a lot of stress by making sure you won’t bring those nasty pests home from a trip.
Spot the Bed Bugs
First and foremost, you have to look for signs of bed bugs whether you will stay in a hotel, a guest house, or whatever type of temporary dwelling for your vacation. Don’t make the mistake of assuming that there can be no bed bug in a fresh and clean place. Remember that bed bugs are blood-sucking pests that do not make a distinction between a clean or a filthy area.
Inspect the closets, the mattresses, the furniture, and as many fabricated areas as you can check for any signs of bed bugs. You can spot them by looking closely for brown or red spots that can either be their excretions or their own blood. They leave these marks every time they excrete wastes or when someone accidentally squished them.
Protect Your Belongings
As much as possible, when you travel, always bring resealable plastic pouches wherein you can put all your small items, from lotion to beauty products. Make sure your bags are always closed so no bed bugs can enter. These pests are so tiny that they can hide under pillows, blankets, and other fabric. To be safe, ensure that your clothes are sealed in a secured container, whether plastic or rubber before putting them in the hotel closet.
Dust All the Bugs Off
Lastly, when you arrive home from a vacation, don’t bring your bags or belongings inside your house immediately. Leave them somewhere safe until you’ve settled in from your journey. You can place your stuff where the sun can shine on them to make those bed bugs scatter. To be sure, wash yourself too by taking a warm bath to get rid of any unwanted pests.
For everything else, inspect them carefully and hand-wash them with soap and warm water. Scrub all your vacation items with a brush and make sure you won’t leave any area untouched. Again, inspect for the aforementioned signs to make sure there’s no single female bed bug lurking around any of your items.
Although these steps sound too nitty gritty, it’s better to take precautions because a single female bed bug can lay 200-500 eggs during her whole lifetime at an average of 2-5 eggs per day! You wouldn’t want those bed bugs to find a safe haven inside your home, multiply exponentially, and cause you a great deal of stress.
If all these methods fail, don’t worry because you can call on the reliable bed bug removal experts of Jersey City Exterminators to solve your bed bug problems.