To borrow another expression, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Because bed bugs are persistent hitchhikers and reproducers, the best defense is a good offense. There are several things that the average consumer can do to avoid becoming host to bed bugs.
· Do not purchase or bring into your home used furniture or household furnishings
· If you accept used clothing items, keep them tightly bagged until you put them directly into a washing machine. Wash items on high heat and then dry them on the highest heat setting.
· When traveling, use hard case luggage which is less susceptible to transporting bedbugs than softside baggage.
· Upon arrival in a hotel room, do not unpack until you undo the mattress cover or bottom fitted sheet and do a quick inspection of the mattress seams. Check sheets and mattresses for blood spots. If you do find any evidence of bed bugs, refuse the room.
· Store your luggage away from the bed and keep it closed, including all zippered pockets.
· If you observe bites on any family member or observe any other evidence, act immediately. Contact a company with trained professionals to eradicate bed bugs.
Our company has been treating bed bugs for years. We strive to use the most effective and up-to-date methods in our business. After researching the bed bug problem that was becoming more and more evident in our area, we purchased a hydronic heating system in February 2013. Chemical treatment alone will not eliminate bed bugs and more importantly, their eggs. With our heat treatment, they die almost instantly. Also, our heat system can penetrate an entire structure, including the walls, floor and ceiling cavities where bed bugs often hide. It really is the most effective method for the complete eradication of bed bugs.
There is always new and better methods and information in the world. January 7-9, we had a delegation from our bed bug division attend the Global Bed Bug Summit in Denver, Colorado. The National Pest Management Association provided a wonderful learning experience for our guys, with topics ranging from “How Do Bed Bugs Fit Into the Green Service Model” to “Bed Bugs By The Numbers: Market Research and Analysis”. We’ve been busy implementing the many things gleaned from this conference into our day-to-day bed bug eradication business!
If you have questions or think that you might have bed bugs, feel free to contact us. Our toll-free number is 800-4NOBUGS (800-466-2847) and our email is firstname.lastname@example.org.