Moving home is an exciting but hectic experience.
But with numerous tasks to stay on top of, the last thing you’ll be thinking of is whether bed bugs will hitch a lift to your new home too.
However, it’s possible for bed bugs to spread this way. They hide in furniture, curtains, children’s toys, bed frames and mattresses. So it’s easy for them to end up in your new home if you already have a bed bug infestation in your current home.
So how can you avoid this fate? Here are some top tips to help.
1) Wash bedding and clothes
Take all your clothes and bed sheets and wash them at the highest temperature possible. Also, run them through a drier at a high setting. This process will kill bed bugs and their eggs.
However, washing and drying will not rid your home of bed bugs. This is only the first necessary step before undergoing a professional heat or chemical treatment by a pest controller.
2) Seal belongings in new bags
If you’ve just eradicated a bed bug infestation, you should still be vigilant for bed bugs that are still alive. They may be hidden in suitcases or boxes inside cupboards. Therefore, ensure you place all cleaned clothes and belongings into new sealable bags and keep away from previously infested areas.
3) Hire a professional bed bug remover
The best and quickest way to deal with bed bugs is to contact an expert pest controller. An expert can inspect your property and provide advice if bed bugs are present and professional bed bug solutions, such as heat or chemical treatments.
Heat treatments can target almost every area of a room, thus killing off all bed bugs due to the high temperatures (up to 130 degrees Fahrenheit). The process can be completed in less than a day, with minimal disruption to your day.
Chemical treatments work by strategically placing three different chemicals: a contact insecticide, a residual chemical, and a dust that offers long-lasting protection in the cracks and crevices around the room.
Avoid DIY methods which are only effective at reducing the number of bugs, not eradicating them.
Moving to a new home is a refreshing experience, so don’t let bed bugs enter and make life a misery. However, even if you haven’t had an infestation in your home, be vigilant for the signs, as bed bugs could be dwelling in small numbers, eventually leading to an out-of-control infestation.