Three Ways To Avoid Bed Bugs

Posted on: 20 June 2018

The idea of sharing your bed with a blood-sucking parasite feasting on you while you sleep is a horrifying reality to more and more Americans. While there are many different species of bed bugs, the Cimex lectularius are the ones infesting homes across the United States.

While strong chemicals, such as Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), had practically eradicated bed bugs after World War 2, it is believed the ban of DDT in the Seventies, combined with people using less chemicals as well as increased immigration, is responsible for the bed bug upsurge the past few decades.

Additionally, scientists worry the bed bugs may be becoming resistant to the chemicals bed bug exterminators currently use to combat them. Here is what you need to know to avoid becoming a part of the bed bug epidemic.

Be Careful What You Buy Used

Everyone likes a bargain, but not if it means inadvertently bringing home bugs that like to prey on you. Upholstered furniture, such as a used couch or chair, as well as used mattresses and box springs, are good ways to transfer them to your home. Recycling is a good thing, but unfortunately, it's just not worth the risk. Unless you know 100 percent the used furniture has come from a clean, bed bug-free home, buy new furniture and bedding.

Protect Your Mattress

If you live in a multi-unit apartment complex, it can be even harder to avoid bed bugs. Use a zippered pillow, mattress, and box spring protector specifically made to prevent bed bugs from infesting your bedding.

Watch Where You Go

Traveling can be fun, but it can also be an easy way to bring bed bugs back home with you. Most of the larger cities in America, including New York City, Chicago, Detroit, and Washington, D.C. all have major problems. Hotels are a virtual breeding ground. Europe and the U.K. have also seen a resurgence in bed bug populations. In addition to hotels, nursing homes and college dorms are other institutions struggling with bed bug infestations.

What Can Be Done If You Have A Bed Bug Infestation?

While bed bugs are difficult to eradicate, they aren't impossible. It will require the work of a professional bed bug extermination service, however. Home remedies, such as using diatomaceous earth to desiccate their exoskeleton, can help, but it will not completely eradicate them. A professional will inspect your home and come up with a custom plan for your specific situation.