June 4, 2017 kicks-off National Bed Bug Awareness week. We will be sharing facts, answers questions and more this week in honor of the national week. Be sure to follow along on Facebook.
Bed bugs are flat, reddish-brown, oval insects up to 4 to 5 mm long or the size of an apple seed. Swollen and reddish after a blood meal.
How do you get bed bugs:
Bed bugs can come into your home on clothing, luggage, or through gaps in walls. With their small, flat bodies, it makes it very easy for them to hide in tiny spaces and travel.
How do you prevent a bed bug infestation in your home:
- Upon arrival at the hotel, do not place luggage on the bed or on the floor. Pull back the bed sheets and inspect the seams of the mattress for bed bug stains.
- Reduce their hiding spaces and entry points by eliminating clutter and sealing or caulking any holes in your walls, floors or frames.
- When home, inspect luggage before bringing them into your home and vacuum luggage before storage. Wash all travel clothes in hot water to eliminate bed bugs and their eggs.
- Purchase bed bug-proof encasements for your mattresses and box springs.
- Routinely vacuum and clean other furniture and upholstery, including rugs.
- Dry clean items which cannot fit in the dryer.
- Be careful when bringing used furniture into your home.
If a bed bug infestation is suspected, contact Terminix Service, Inc. immediately. For more information on our bed bug treatment, click here. And don’t forget to follow along as we discuss bed bug prevention and awareness this week.