The pleasant weather of summer allows families to get out and take part in a more of their favorite activities. Unfortunately, it is also a great time for some types of household pests, including bed bugs, to move about more freely, as well. If you currently live in an area where bed bug infestations are a growing problem and want to avoid coming into contact with them this summer, here are some things you can do to protect your family and help keep your home free of these pests.
Avoid bringing pre-owned items into your home
Some popular summer activities create a much higher risk of contracting bed bugs than others. A good example of one of these activities is shopping at a yard sale, rummage sale, garage sale, or estate sale. Items purchased from these types of bargain sales may not be much of a bargain, especially if they contain a few bed bugs or nymphs, both of which can cause an infestation in your own home. Unless you have a way to isolate these items outside your home and treat them for bed bugs before taking them inside, it may be best to purchase new items, instead.
Be diligent when using public laundry facilities or communal changing areas
Since bedbugs often hide in pillows, clothing, bedding, and other soft goods, it is important to be diligent when using or working in places like public laundromats or communal changing areas. If these areas have already been infested with bed bugs, these pests can easily attach themselves to your clothing or bedding and hitch a ride right into your home.
If you must use a public laundry area, take along plastic trash bags that can be tightly sealed and place all clothing and items directly into these bags from the hot dryer and opt to fold them at your home.
In public showers or changing areas, place soiled clothing and towels in a trash bag and then put them straight into your dryer on a hot setting upon your arrival home. The heat will help to kill any bed bugs and render their eggs unable to hatch.
Don't try to DIY bed bug control
The last piece of advice is one of the most important - never try a do-it-yourself bed bug removal project. Instead, take any possible bed bug sighting in your home seriously and call a bed bug heat treatment services professional immediately. DIY sprays and treatments will only scatter the bed bugs and allow the infestation to spread throughout your home.