Bed bugs are not just pests, they are also difficult, if not impossible, to get rid of once you've got them. The best way to get rid of these pests is to avoid them in the first place.
Hotels and other travel destinations may have bed bugs that hitch a ride home with you. Once these pests are in your house, you've got a problem.
Avoiding bed bugs is easier if you keep some helpful tips in mind when traveling.
Bed Bugs Do Live On Clothes
While bed bugs don't live on the clothes a person is wearing, they can travel with you on clothes stored in suitcases and other bags used to transport clothing. If you suspect you've brought bed bugs home with you in your clothes, take steps to address the situation immediately.
Placing infested clothes in a dryer on high heat for at least 30 minutes kills bed bugs. Take this step as soon as you arrive home. Remove the clothing from the suitcase before entering the house and place them directly into the dryer.
Vinegar kills bed bugs because it is a strong acid. The acetic acid in vinegar disrupts the bug's nervous system and this is what kills them.
Spray any clothes you suspect of having bed bugs with vinegar. Do so outside the home, and once you're sure the bugs are dead, the vinegar smell washes out of the clothes.
Bed Bugs Hide In Your Home
It's possible to bring home bed bugs after a trip and not realize it until you've seen them in your home. You can use some common bed bug control methods to naturally rid your home of these pests.
Vacuum The Home
Bed bugs are hiders, and they tend to hide under furniture and lay eggs in cracks and crevices around the home. So, get out of the vacuum and go over everything.
Vacuum under all your furniture, in the cracks of all furniture and bedding, and even the hard surface with crevices. If you've got one, use a crevice tool that comes with your vacuum to reach deep into areas where these pests may hide.
Seal Up Cracks!
Bed bugs love to hide deep in the walls and other cracks. Using caulk to seal cracks keeps them from finding an area to hide and breed.
Bed bugs love warmth and hiding places. So, cleaning up the clutter in your home makes it less hospitable for pests. Put away items neatly, and don't leave piles of time around your home.
If you bring unwanted guest home with you after traveling, and these methods don't work. Don't hesitate to call in a professional for bed bug treatment and removal. It's best to take action as quickly as possible. For more information on bed bug treatment, contact a professional near you.