Bed Bug: Prevention and Detection

Prevent Bed BugsIn this article we focus on the epidemic of bed bugs and how to prevent them from entering your home. And, to tell you the truth, I can hardly even write this article. The research alone is causing me to itch in places that I had forgotten could itch. I can no longer accurately assess if my itchy spots are real or completely imaginary. To top it all off, I recently bought a chair from a second hand store and am near torching it in the back yard just to be safe. Now that I have that out of the way, perhaps I can share my heebie jeebies with you.

Who knew?! They are experiencing resurgence. After fifty some odd years
of being at near extinction, the little terrors are fighting their way back to
the top as the ickiest, grossest, nastiest of household pests. I mean, if the
Rolling Stones can do it, why can’t Bedbugs?

Let us begin with the presupposition that you DO NOT have
any bedbugs in your home or any planning to move in. Start with the positive I
say! So how do you prevent the tiny blood suckers from moving in?

Well a little bed bug info first. Bedbugs are hitch hikers.
Yes, they are hitch hikers. I don’t approve of the human kind and I’m no less
fond of some insect kind. But what that means to you is that they will hitch a
ride into your home in boxes, suitcases, clothing, etc. and then plant
themselves in their most comfy of spots, your bed. They can sense the carbon
monoxide of humans and follow the trail. They are the width of a credit card,
so if you can stick a credit card in it, bedbugs can hide in it. They normally
feed every 5-10 days, but have been known survive without feeding for up to a
year. And by feeding, I mean sucking the blood of a sweetly sleeping human.
JEEEZZZ!! Can it get any better?!

To prevent them from hitching a ride into your home, be vigilant in the following:

  • Check any and all used or second hand furniture for signs of bed bug activity
    to relocating it to you home. These may be dark spots like a marker
    bleed, rusty or reddish stains, small rice like eggs, bed bug casings or live
    bed bugs…. Shudder…..

    • If you buy used clothing wash them in the high temperature cycle as soon as you
      get home.
    • Encase mattresses in a light colored mattress protector. This will help
      identification and reduce places for bed bugs to hide.
    • Reduce clutter in your home, again to decrease places for the beasts to hide.
    • When traveling: OMG! CHECK THE MATTRESS and Headboard for ANY signs of bed bug
      activity. If anything looks questionable, remove thy self post haste to the
      nearest bed bug free hotel!

      • Use the luggage rack instead of putting your suitcase on the floor
      • Wash everything on the high temperature wash as soon as you return home.

We’ll focus on treatment in the next installation of; BED Bug, BAD Bug…ciao!


Monica Bird (949 Posts)

Monica’s compassion for her customer's struggles with pest control issues and passion for pest control stems from over 10 years in the industry. With a master’s degree in entomology, she uses her knowledge and experience in chemistry, insects and pests to educate her customers.

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