Don’t Let Bed Bugs Take Over Your Home

Bed bugs, unfortunately, have made quite the comeback. This pest, once nearly eradicated from the continental United States, has in the last two decades become a nuisance for millions of Americans. Here at Ray Pest Control, we want all of our fellow Greensboro residents to be protected from bed bugs. While getting rid of bed bugs once they are in your home is our specialty, we felt that it would be a good idea to provide you with some tips to help prevent bed bugs from infesting your home in the first place. Continue reading below to learn more.

Bed Bugs Hide in Many Places

Bed bugs are highly adept at infiltrating people’s homes. These tiny bugs can latch onto clothing, furniture, appliances, and any other object that is typically associated with the home. Below, we have listed a few things that you can do right this moment to help prevent these pests from turning your home into their home.

  • Cover Your Outlets: Believe it or not, power outlets are one of the most common places that bed bugs tend to hide. These outlets provide a perfect safe haven and, if you aren’t careful, these fountains of power could become your worst nightmare. To help ensure that bed bugs aren’t using your power outlets as apartments, we suggest that you cover any outlets that are not in use. Power outlet covers are available from a large number of retailers and are a cheap and effective way to protect your home.
  • Vacuum: Despite their name, bed bugs can be found in many areas that are nowhere near the bedroom. Consistent vacuuming is a great way to ensure that bed bugs do not hide in your carpet, rugs, or along the baseboards of your home. While vacuuming will not eradicate an infestation once it happens, it is a great preemptive measure to take.
  • Get Rid of the Clutter: While homes naturally have a certain amount of clutter, it is important to remember that excessive clutter can turn into a bed bug’s favorite place to hide. When decluttering your home, we recommend that you remove any unnecessary items away from your walls as bed bugs are more likely to congregate around items that are closer to your home’s baseboards.
  • Cover Your Mattress: We’re sure you are already well aware of this, but bed bugs love beds. Our beds, unfortunately, provide bed bugs with the perfect place to live, feed and reproduce. To deter bed bugs from setting up residence in your mattress, we suggest that you wrap both your mattress and box springs in mattress safe covers. Not only do these mattress covers help to protect your mattress and box springs from damage, they prevent bedbugs from being able to get inside either of them.
  • Monitors: In this instance, we aren’t referring to the monitors that most people are used to. Monitors, in reference to beds, are small, plastic, circular devices that are placed under the legs of a bed frame to make it more difficult for bedbugs to climb towards your mattress and box springs. Monitors most commonly have a small lip on the inside of the circle that traps bed bugs as they try and make their way towards the legs of your bed frame.
  • Seal Your Baseboards: While your baseboards may be an attractive accent in your home, they are also one of the most common places that bed bugs tend to hide. Because of this, it is important that you make it as difficult as possible for bed bugs to work their way into these tight places. A small weather strip barrier for rooms with carpet or clear caulk for rooms with wooden floors should be enough a deterrent to any bed bug who might be curious about how comfortable your baseboards are.

If after trying out all of these tips you are still worried about bed bugs in your home, call the experts at Ray Pest Control. We have been helping Greensboro area residents effectively prevent and eliminate bedbug infestations since 1973, and we would love to help you protect your home. Visit our website today and get a free quote for any of our extermination services that you may have need of.