"Don’t let the bed bugs bite," may be part of a cute children’s rhyme, but with bed bug infestations on the rise around the country, the reality is that bed bugs could very well start biting in your home. If you want to keep bed bugs out of your house, these essential bed bug prevention steps for Utah homeowners will help.
Why Summer is Bed Bug Season
Bed bugs are active all year long, but summer is their most active time of year for two major reasons.
Bed bugs thrive in hot, humid weather. When temperatures heat up, they are much more likely to be active and will move around a lot more than they do in colder months.
Bed bug infestations spread from place to place because of how they travel. Bed bugs won’t make a hundred-mile trek on foot. They will, however, climb into luggage or onto a pant leg and hitch a ride. Since summer is the busiest time of year for travel, it’s also the busiest time of year for the spread of bed bugs.
Essential Bed Bug Prevention Steps for Utah Homeowners
Unfortunately, preventing bed bugs is not as simple as preventing other common household pests. Sealing up cracks in your foundation won’t keep them out of your house. Removing food sources won’t deter them either (especially since, in the case of bed bugs, YOU are the food source). Instead, you must be aware of how bed bugs operate and know what to look for in order to catch a potential infestation before it happens. The following should help:
- When you go on vacation, check the hotel room before bringing your luggage inside. Bed bugs hide during the day and are most likely to be found along the seams of mattresses or upholstered furniture, between the mattress and the headboard of a bed, behind picture frames, and along the edges of the walls. You may also find discarded casings, small brown streaks, or tiny white eggs.
- When you return from vacation, carefully inspect everything in your bags before bringing them inside. Wash your clothes on a hot-water cycle and the highest dryer heat setting before putting them away.
Even when you haven’t gone on vacation, look yourself and your packages over for bed bugs before bringing anything into your house.
- Do periodic checks of your house for signs of bed bugs.
What to Do if You Think You Have a Bed Bug Infestation
If you think you’ve seen signs of bed bugs in your Utah home, it’s important to get it taken care of as soon as possible. If you’re not sure there are bed bugs present, Pickett Pest Control can do a bed bug inspection of your home to confirm the presence of bed bugs or declare your home free and clear.
If bed bugs are present, Pickett offers bed bug control that is eco-friendly and guaranteed. We are so certain we can eliminate your bed bug problem that we offer a money-back guarantee.
Don’t let bed bugs start biting this summer. To learn more about our bed bug services or to set up an inspection, contact Pickett Pest Control today.