How To Prevent Bed Bugs in Your House
Any pest control Saint Petersburg company will tell you bed bugs are on the rise: Americans travel a lot more then they used to, and they therefore spend more time in hotels, which is the most common place people pick up bed bugs, and bring them home. A solid anti bed bug strategy, as presented to you by your pest control Saint Petersburg professional, will have two components: prevention, and what to do when you do end up with them.
The first thing to remember is that bed bugs don’t travel on people. They will travel on the clothing you wear, or the clothing you have in your suitcase. As a pest control Saint Petersburg company for over 25 years, we have found the best way to prevent bed bugs from making it into your home is by keeping clothing in plastic bags (bed bugs can fall from suitcases that are not hermetically closed), and removing that clothing from the bag in a place with “hard” floors (so no carpet). Then, you can proceed to laundering, hand washing or dry cleaning your clothing. Other items you suspect are contaminated but cannot be laundered should be heated or frozen.
If you suspect your house is contaminated with bed bugs, you will likely find them on your mattress, or around your bed. Any carpeted areas or areas with soft surfaces such as sofa’s can be suspect, so it’s important to know how to recognize bed bugs. Any pest control Saint Petersburg company will be able to tell you that bed bugs are oval, flattened, brown, and wingless insects between 1/4" to 3/8" long. After the bed bug has fed on blood, its color will change from brown to purplish-red. It will also be larger and cigar-shaped making it appear like a different insect.
A good pest control company in Saint Petersburg will no longer use conventional treatment options. These treatments, which involve chemicals, cannot impact the entire bed bug population, requiring a follow up treatment. Fumigation, which does kill the entire population, requires the premises to be vacated for 3 days, and it uses dangerous chemicals.
At Anti-Pesto, we have been a pest control Saint Petersburg company since 1988, we know through experience and research heat treatment is the best option for bed bug treatment. Heat treatment controls the infestation with 1 treatment, addresses the entire bed bug life cycle including eggs, and eliminates the need to vacate the premises as no harmful chemicals are used.
We have built our pest control Saint Petersburg company around doing what’s right for our customers. If you suspect you have a bed bug problem, or any problem at all, or you’d like to prevent future pest control issues, please contact us today.