How to prevent bed bugs

Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite! That’s the old saying, but it’s sometimes easier said than done. Bed bugs can be a real nuisance, especially for those of us who have kids. The thing is, it can be difficult to know when these tiny critters have actually entered our homes, and even harder to actually put them off as well. It’s not as though we can just ask them to leave now, is it?!

If you are dealing with issues relating to a bed bug infestation, it’s actually incredibly important to nip the problem in the bud right away. So, what steps can we take to prevent bed bugs from setting up camp in our home, and bringing their friend along for the ride?! There are several things you can do to help prevent the risk of bed bugs.

Ignore free furniture on the street!

We often see people leave items of furniture outside their home with signs saying they are free to take. These often sound like a great bargain, and sometimes they can be. However, this is also a big way of increasing the risk of bed bug infestation. They may even have been left there because they are crawling with bed bugs. If you insist on taking the item, make sure you check it before you actually choose to bring it home. You might even want to check it over and clean it thoroughly in the garden before you bring it into the house.

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Clean frequently

This is one of the more obvious ways of preventing the chances of a bed bug infestation, but it is also one of the things we often overlook. Cleaning frequently will help you to keep the home clean and tidy, and get rid of any hangers on! We suggest you make a point of cleaning and vacuuming the home around once a week, just to be sure that you are keeping on top of things. Leaving the home to get dirtier is the best way of ensuring that bed bugs are going to make a nice home for themselves.

Do your laundry on vacation

Something you may not have considered in the past is doing your laundry while you’re still away on your vacation. The increase in travel in the past 20 years has led to an increase in bed bugs, and much of this is people bringing the bloodsuckers back from vacation with them! So, the way to cut down on this is to make sure you get your laundry done before you come back home. Studies have shown that bed bugs are more likely to stow away inside dirty clothing and bags. By doing your laundry abroad, you beat back the bed bug army, and prevent them traveling home with you!

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These are just a few of the ace ways in which you can make sure you prevent bed bugs from infesting your home. If you take the time to keep a clean and tidy house, you will ensure that you prevent bed bugs from infesting your home and multiplying. This is important for your health, and for ensuring that you have a well-kept home.