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Bed bugs are tiny creatures that you barely can see, but you can feel their bites. They live on human skin and can survive in your bed and bedding. These little pests are difficult to get rid of, so the best thing to do is to prevent them in the first place. They can travel from one place to another in luggage, bedding, clothing and other items.

Check Before Items Come Home with You

The best way to prevent bed bugs from coming into your home is by looking at items before you bring them home. Check beds, couches and other furniture you buy secondhand before you purchase. Look for reddish stains on mattresses or bedding or dark spots. Notice any eggs or eggshells, which will be about one millimeter in size. You can also look for live bed bugs.

Cover Mattresses

Keep your mattresses and box springs in covers. This eliminates hiding spots for the little pests and makes them easier to see if you do get an infestation. Choose a product that is resistant to tearing and doesn’t get holes easily. Wash the cover regularly and dry it on high heat, which will kill the bugs.

Clean and Clean Some More

Vacuum your home often to get rid of a stray bed bug that came home with you. Remove clutter which helps to eliminate hiding places for these bugs as well as other pests. If you must take your laundry to a laundromat, place the dried clothing in bags and fold at home instead of on the counters at the facility.

If you live in an apartment or condo, seal all cracks along the shared walls. This includes baseboards and around electrical outlets. Since bed bugs are so tiny, they can slip through the smallest of cracks and crevices.

Wash clothing and vacuum out suitcases after you return from a trip. One of the most common ways to get an infestation is from traveling.

If you’re concerned that you may have bed bugs, don’t worry. Call All Natural Pest Elimination to help you get rid of the pests quickly and without the use of chemicals. You can call to set up an appointment for a free inspection to find out if you have bedbugs or any other pets in your home. Contact us at 877-662-8449.