Controlling bed bugs is becoming an activity that more and more people around the world are having to deal with. Some are controlling bed bugs because they’ve had a prior infestation or are in the process of treating a bed bug infestation. Others live in areas with bed bugs, and work to control bed bugs to keep themselves from becoming infested.
Regardless of where you live, or how clean you keep your home, you are at risk of getting a bed bug infestation. Don’t believe me? Let me give you a few scenarios to consider:
I could go on, but I think I’ve made my point. Everyone is at risk for getting bed bugs. Fortunately though, you can control your risk and your chances of getting bed bugs.
Here are 4 incredibly easy ways to control bed bugs and reduce your risk of infestation:
Whenever you return home from some place that could potentially have bed bugs (your neighbors house, from a trip, from public transportation) always go straight to the laundry room, remove your clothes and wash them in hot water.
The hot water and heat from the dryer will kill any bed bugs your brought into the house with you.
Repeat after me: “I will not buy used furniture“. Then say it 20 more times.
Used furniture is notorious for being infested with bed bugs. Often the owners don’t even know it. We strongly advise you to just avoid used furniture all together, especially previously owned mattresses and couches.
If you insist upon buying used furniture, please follow our process for checking it for bed bugs BEFORE you bring it in your house.
Oh, by the way, you’ll want to avoid rental furniture as well.
Since I run this site, I might be a little paranoid, but I check for bed bugs in our bedrooms monthly. That includes my wife and I’s bedrooms and all of our kids.
I won’t go into the details on how to detect bed bugs, but I would recommend you head over to our bed bug detection page and learn how to do an inspection.
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