Protecting Jacksonville Homes From Bed Bugs This Vacation Season

July 6, 2018

If you are a homeowner in the Jacksonville area, you may already be experiencing problems with bed bugs this year. If you are currently dealing with a bed bug infestation, think you may have one, or want to learn how to prevent bed bugs from invading your home in the future, you have come to the right place! So how do you avoid bed bugs when their populations are thriving this season? To help you prevent a bed bug invasion in your home this summer, we want to provide some helpful information and prevention tips on these troublesome pests:

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Bed bugs are clearly a nuisance pest, but they can actually be quite dangerous as well. Nobody wants these pests in their home because bed bugs can bite; reactions to their bites will vary from person to person. In addition, a new study shows that bed bugs can transmit Chagas disease, which is also spread by their cousin the “kissing” bug.

The best way to prevent a bed bug infestation is by enlisting the help of a professional year-round pest control service. There are a few methods and tips you can try to prevent bed bugs, but for guaranteed success in bed bug elimination, you will require a professional bed bug treatment.

One of the best ways to prevent a full-blown bed bug invasion in your home is to know the signs of one. When checking for a bed bug infestation, you will want to start by looking for signs of bed bugs in mattresses, box springs, and bed frames; you will be looking for live or dead bed bugs, shed exoskeletons, tiny eggs or shells, as well as tiny dots of blood and dark streaks of excrement on clothing and bedding. Be sure to look under the mattresses and in all the seams, edges, and creases and don’t forget to check other overlooked places like nightstands, wall sockets, behind wall hangings, fabric sofas, and chairs as well.

When visiting public places or using public transportation while traveling, keep your luggage off the floor and be on the lookout for bed bugs. When you arrive at your destination, do not put your luggage, bags, or clothing on the floor, the bed, or any of the furniture. Before you bring any of your belongings in, inspect the room for any signs of bed bug activity; if you see any, ask the management for a new room. After inspecting the room, bring your luggage in and store in places up off the ground, like on luggage racks. After arriving home from a trip, it is important to immediately wash all of your clothing in hot water, inspect your shoes and coats, and vacuum out your luggage; make sure to empty the vacuum cleaner directly afterward, seal up the trash bag, and throw it away in an outdoor garbage can.

If bed bugs do find their way into your home, you may be tempted to use DIY bed bug control methods to get rid of them yourself; however, bed bug infestations are extremely difficult to tackle and to completely eliminate the problem, you will require the help of a pest control expert; at Lindsey Pest Services in Jacksonville, we use our effective heat treatments and bed bug control methods to completely eliminate bed bugs from Florida homes. Give us a call at Lindsey Pest Services today to learn how we can help eliminate current bed bug infestation as well as prevent future invasions. We look forward to serving you!


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