A Handy Bed Bug Prevention Guide For St. Louis Homes
September 10, 2021 - Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are one of the least expected pests to have as an infestation, and it's mainly because they have to be brought inside to invade. As much as we'd like to deny it, we're not always careful about where we go or what we bring inside our St. Louis homes, and the reality is bed bugs could be anywhere. Grimy bus station or 5-star hotel, bed bugs will infest any place that offers a steady supply of food, so the risk of an infestation is pretty much everywhere.
Creepy Crawly Bed Bug Facts
These small, wingless parasites grow to roughly ¼ of an inch long and are reddish-brown. They have rounded, teardrop-shaped bodies, and because of this, they're often mistaken for harmless beetles or apple seeds. There's a huge misconception that bed bugs only infest dirty homes, but the truth is bed bugs will infest anywhere.
These pests are sneaky and incredibly resilient against most chemicals and pesticides, and they're often brought inside in ways you'd never expect, such as:
- Hiding inside second-hand furniture and appliances
- Hitching a ride inside luggage from a vacation or business trip
- On second-hand clothing items
- From bus, taxi, and airplane rides
- Visiting a friend or relative with an undiscovered infestation
- Spending any amount of time in bed bug hot spots; nursing homes, college dorms, apartment complexes, malls, bus stations and airports, hotels and motels
How You Can Prevent Bed Bugs From Infesting Your St. Louis Home
Since these pests are nocturnal, they're rarely seen crawling around during the day and instead find cozy cracks and crevices to reside within while they sleep off the evening's meals. Their lack of daytime activity, coupled with their uncanny hiding skills, is what makes bed bugs so difficult to detect before they've built a sizable infestation.
Thankfully though, there are plenty of precautions you can take to prevent an infestation in your St. Louis home:
- Check the seams of couches, chairs, mattresses, and bed frames before settling in at hotels and motels.
- Keep your luggage and purse elevated off the floor whenever you're staying anywhere away from home.
- Inspect any furniture and appliances you purchase second-hand.
- Never take home curb-side household furnishings.
- Inspect any second-hand clothing before you buy it.
- Wash and dry all clothing and linens on the hottest setting after returning home from vacations and business trips.
- If you're currently living in a multi-unit building, place door sweeps under exterior doors and seal up any cracks and gaps around your living space.
- De-clutter your home to reduce hiding spots.
- Sweep, mop, and vacuum regularly.
How To Handle A Bed Bug Infestation In Your St. Louis Home
As far as we know right now, bed bugs can't transmit diseases while they feed, so they're not considered dangerous pests. That doesn't mean they're harmless though, as they're known to disrupt sleep, cause allergic reactions, and a bad enough infestation can cause anemia. Not only that, but bed bug infestations are nearly impossible to eliminate on your own, and the combined equipment necessary for successful extermination costs thousands of dollars.
Don't lose sleep over nocturnal parasites; give Roberts Pest Control a call instead. Our pest technicians take a common-sense approach to each uniquely tailored bed bug control treatment, saving you money on unnecessary treatments and only using pesticides inside your home when it's actually needed. We know how important it is to have a pest-free home, so we make sure our customers can afford our effective and reliable pest control. So get in contact with us today, and let us help you with your pest problems.