In recent years, a horrifying invasion has taken place. Bedbugs have gone from being a problem you may have read about to an issue that threatens your own home. Getting rid of these persistent pests can be an expensive and exhausting proposition, so your best plan is to keep them from entering your abode. You can take concrete steps to thwart this buggy invasion.
This step seems obvious, but unfortunately, the holes you need to plug are not. Many of the problem areas are behind your appliances and kitchen and bathroom fixtures. You will need to get to the wall where you have water pipes and electric and/or gas connections and apply some fiberglass mesh over the holes. Then you need to use caulk to seal everything into place. Search your walls for any other holes or cracks where pests can gain entrance. You cannot make your home bedbug proof, but you can make it harder for them to breach.
Unfortunately, traveling increases your risk of bedbugs. If you check into an infested hotel, the little creatures can hitchhike home with you via your suitcase or even on your person. You can protect your home by being extra careful when you return. Either undress in the garage or right inside your doorway. Wash all of your clothes and dry them. The heat alone should kill your unwelcome guests. Before you bring your suitcase into the main part of the house, vacuum it thoroughly. These steps may seem extreme, but people who have suffered from a bedbug invasion will tell you that the precautions are worth it.
You can also work to keep your bed and bedding free of bedbugs. Once they penetrate your mattress and box springs, you will probably have to get rid of both, an expensive loss. In addition to washing and drying your sheets and comforters frequently, invest in zip-up, bedbug resistant encasements for your mattress and box spring. If you get bedbugs, at least you won't have to replace these items.
If you suspect you have bedbugs, you need to call an exterminator immediately. Chances that you can eliminate them yourself are small. You can take action to prevent an infestation, however. Seal up the holes in your walls and decontaminate yourself after travel. Do protect your bedding at all costs. If despite your best efforts, the bedbug plague strikes, seek professional, such as Desert Pest Control, to help as soon as possible.