A bed bug infestation in your home can seem more personal than other types of pest infestations. Bed bugs invade a part of your home where you should be able to relax and let your guard down. Just the thought of a bed bug infestation can make it impossible for you to get a good night of sleep. Bed bugs have a reputation for being difficult to eradicate which can add to your stress if you develop an infestation. Bed bug prevention is the best approach to take. There are a few simple steps you can follow to help prevent bed bugs from invading your home in San Diego County.
Be careful about where you stay when you travel
Traveling puts you at risk for picking up bed bugs and bringing them into your San Diego County home. If you are careful about where you stay when you travel it can minimize your risk of picking up bed bugs. It is not always easy to spot the places that have bed bug infestations. The reality is that even quality hotels and rental homes can become infested with bed bugs. You need to take the time and look for signs of bed bugs at each place you stay before you get in the bed. You can check for bed bugs by pulling back the sheets and taking a look at the mattress. Bed bugs are small but can still be spotted if you look closely. Pay special attention to the edges of the mattress and in crevices. If you do not see bed bugs but notice small dark spots on the mattress or sheets, it could be a sign of bed bug activity. If you find any signs of bed bug activity at a place where you’re staying, the best thing to do is quickly gather your things and go stay somewhere else.
Take precautions when you return home from travel
If you suspect that you were exposed to bed bugs while traveling, there are some precautions you can take when you return home to San Diego County. Bed bugs can travel on your clothing. Wash and dry your clothing on the hottest setting it can tolerate because bed bugs are sensitive to heat. You can also leave your luggage outside or in your garage for several days to avoid possibly bringing in bed bugs that traveled on your luggage.
Bring in professional help
Another way to protect your San Diego County home from the threat of bed bugs is to bring in a pest professional. If you are concerned that you brought bed bugs home with you from vacation, get in touch with the pros at Nixtermite and schedule an inspection. Quick intervention from a bed bug expert is the best way to protect your home from bed bugs.
The pros at Nixtermite have the training, experience, and equipment necessary to protect you and your family from bed bugs. Give us a call or go online to schedule a bed bug inspection and get the help you need against these unwanted pests.