Do I Have To Treat My Whole House If I Get Bed Bugs?◀ Back To Blog
March 28, 2018
Recently, it has been found that bed bug infestations are on the rise. This is mainly due to increased travel. Generally said to have not originated in the United States, after their arrival bed bugs spread like wildfire. The good news is that bed bugs are not known to spread any disease or pathogens. The bad news is that they are known to be one of the hardest pests to get rid of! Should you find a bed bug infestation, you should immediately seek out professional help.
Bed bugs come from a number of places and taking steps to prevent them is always in your best interest. Your daily routine can put you into contact with bed bugs a number of times and though hard to avoid entirely, you can use these prevention tips to help.
Keep personal belongings off the floor/ground. Often times when you set your belongings on the ground in places that have high human traffic such as mass transit, hotels, motels, and even retail stores, you can pick up bed bugs without even knowing it. Whether it be a coat, purse, or suitcase, try and keep items off of the floor.
When cleaning, make sure to vacuum thoroughly. Always focus on creases and stitching of upholstery. Making sure to vacuum around things like buttons and folds. Bed bugs are tiny and can hide in very discreet locations.
Inspect. When entering a room where you do have to set belongings down, like in hotels or at homes you might be a guest at, always inspect it first. Focus on places like on and under bedding as well as under rugs. If you find bed bugs, leave the room immediately.
Check bed bugs at the door. If returning from somewhere in which you brought luggage to, try and unpack it outside of your home. Make sure to wash all clothing you had brought with you, even if unused.
Keep items stored properly. When traveling, always store items inside of your luggage in separate sealable bags. Try and keep unused items left unopened.
Staying ahead of bed bugs by taking preventative measures decreases the potential of an infestation, though keeping your eyes out for signs of them is just as important. Detecting a bed bug infestation in its early stages is crucial. By detecting a bed bug infestation early, it limits the number of rooms that will need to be treated. So, do you have to treat your entire house if you have bed bugs? Hopefully not, however, a bed bug infestation that is left unattended can spread quickly. The more it spreads, the more likely it is that additional rooms will need to be treated. If you have bed bugs, don’t worry, Thomas Pest Services can help! To learn more about our bed bug control, call us today for a free estimate and we will be happy to answer your questions.