Bed Bug Invasion

So, your Aunt Sally has a used bedroom set she no longer needs? Don’t be too fast in bringing it home. You could inadvertently bring unwanted visitors home along with it.

The same is true when your traveling. Before you even unpack your suitcase there are a few simple things you can do to ensure you don’t get bites or bring pest back home with you.

I’m talking about bed bugs. Recently thought of as nothing more than a children’s fairy tale, more and more people are waking up to a grim reality.

They are real and are spreading quickly throughout the U.S.. The thought of bed bugs scares many people, but there are ways you can reduce your chances of an infestation.

So how can you protect yourself and your home? By conducting an inspection taking five minutes or less using only a pair of latex gloves and a small bright led flashlight.

After donning the latex gloves turn on the flashlight and approach the head of the bed. Pull back the covers and flat sheet carefully one layer at a time and shine the light to check for black spots or live bugs, paying particular attention to the seams and tags, if any.

Do this to both sides of the bed. Then remove pillows from their cases and look inside each with light for any activity, then set aside.

Carefully pull back the fitted sheet and inspect with light once again paying close attention to the seams and folds. Repeat this procedure if there is a mattress pad on the bed.

Now your ready to check the mattress. Pull it slightly away from the wall and check the main seams starting with the head of the bed and working your way to the bottom from both sides.

Finally pull the box springs back several inches and inspect it as you did the mattress, also checking the floor next to the wall behind the frame.

There you may find evidence such as shells which are discarded skins from when the bug molts. A more detailed inspection would include behind the headboard, bed frames, and under the box springs and the edge protectors.

Traveling with pillows and blankets from home is a big risk as well so wash them in water which is at least 135 degrees or hotter to ensure that not only are all bed bugs killed but that their eggs are also eliminated as well.

Treating a home for bed bugs can be very expensive and frustrating but by following these simple guidelines you can greatly reduce your risk of a bed bug infestation in your home. Sleep Tight.