It’s good to be honest with yourself. Can you handle the infestation all by yourself? If not, then you need to bring in the exterminators. But if the infestation is not that severe, here are a few tips that can help you keep the bugs away.
1. Inspect your hotel room immediately after you check-in
With only a few hitchhiking bugs in your suitcase from a hotel room, you can have a full-scale infestation of bed bugs in your home. Therefore it is always good to inspect any hotel room you book for bugs, no matter how clean it seems to be.
Always remember, bed bugs are not your average kind of discriminative bugs which will never infest clean room. They can take residence even in the cleanest rooms of an expensive hotel.
2. Washing your bedding in hot water
Beds are the most common areas to find a bed bug infestations. Washing your bed linens, pillowcases, and mattress protectors in hot water can help in killing the bugs and the eggs they have laid. It is also a good idea to clean your bed joints and crevices regularly.
Though bed bugs are said to be hardy pests to knock out, they are no match for vacuum cleaners. Vacuuming regularly can reduce infestation by sucking up any bug from the ground. After vacuuming, it is recommended that you throw the contents of the vacuum cleaner in an outside trash can, to prevent the bugs from reentering your home.
Did you know bed bugs can survive more than one year without food? So don’t think of starving these creatures to death by taking a vacation from your home. Be informed; they will lurk in the crevices as they patiently wait for you to get back home.
It’s much better to take precautionary steps to keep bed bugs away from your home. Once these pests are in your home, they tend to put up a good fight, making them quite hard to get rid of.
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