Bed bugs. If you’re like most people, you have an almost visceral reaction to the thought of them being in your home. Bed bugs can be challenging to fully eradicate from a home, so the best course of action is to keep them from coming inside in the first place. We’ve listed a few precautions you can take to keep them clear of your house. For confirmed or suspected infestations, the expert and compassionate team at Wagner Pest Solutions will systematically take care of the problem.
1. Know What to Look For
One of the most unnerving things about bed bugs is that you often don’t know they are present until after they’ve made themselves known by their bites and the evidence of those bites. So, take a moment and learn about what bed bugs look like and what a surface looks like if bed bugs are present.
2. Know Where to Look For Them
One of the more common places that you might encounter bed bugs is in hotel rooms. Bed bugs gravitate towards places that are warm and dark, and where they have the easiest access to people. The headboard area of a bed and mattress are the most important places to check in a hotel room.
3. Know What to Do
If you see small brownish or reddish specks in the seams or around the headboard in your hotel room, alert the hotel staff and ask for a new room several rooms away – or on another floor entirely. If your new room checks out OK, you may still want to take a few precautions:
- Keep your luggage on a hard surface, not the carpet floor.
- When you get home, check your luggage carefully before you bring it inside. A lint roller is a great tool for this.
- As an extra safety measure, run all your clothes and dryer-safe items through a hot dryer cycle to kill anything that might have hitched along.
4. Don’t Panic
Although annoying, bed bugs are treatable. At Wagner Pest Solutions, we have solutions to remove pests of all kinds from homes in the Phoenix area. We can determine if you have a problem with bed bugs and devise a treatment plan that will banish them for good. Give us a call at (623) 466-6752 or request an estimate now.