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How to Prevent Bedbugs

by Terry Naber 08/11/2019

There are two main ways to treat those annoying bedbugs you have in your home – Chemical and non-chemical.

Non-chemical Bed Bug Treatments

  • Wash and dry all of your bedding and clothing at high temperatures. However, just washing bedding or clothing is generally not enough to kill the bugs. Drying at high temperatures is the key.
  • Heat the infested items to at least 118 °F for 1 hour. The higher the temperature, the less time is required to kill the bugs.
  • Cold treatments below 0°F for at least five days (or 120 hours) can eliminate some infestations. The colder the temperature, the less time required to kill the bedbug infestation. However, your home freezer is generally not cold enough to effectively kill them.

Chemical Treatments

There are dozens of chemical products on the market that are registered with the EPA to kill or repel the bugs. Unfortunately, many of the over-the-counter products simply do not work. Therefore, many homeowners unknowingly waste time and money trying to treat their homes without professional assistance. DIY homeowners also either over-apply or misapply the chemicals they purchase. 

Contact the manufacturer of each product directly because most local pest control professionals will not be able to consult you on which DIY chemical they'd recommend for your situation. 

How to Keep Bedbugs Out of Your Home

A key reason for the success of bedbugs at spreading from location to location is their ability to survive extended periods time without feeding. Some bugs can survive up to12 months without eating.

Preventive tips

There are a few basic precautions that can help keep your home safe from an infestation:

  • Use protective covers to encase mattresses, box springs, and furniture to eliminate hiding spots.
  • Remove clutter from your home that might be prone to hiding places• Avoid bringing used furniture into your home without a comprehensive inspection.
  • Perform a thorough search of your hotel room for signs of bugs
  • Use luggage racks for suitcases and reduce the contact between your Clothing and the bed or carpet
  • Perform a thorough inspection of your luggage and clothing when you return home and limit the contact between travel clothing and mattresses, box springs and furniture

Bed bugs aren't fun, but if you are knowledgeable about what to look for and consult with a pest solutions technician to find the best solution, you can beat bed bugs.

About the Author
Author

Terry Naber

Your "Good Neighbor" In Colorado Springs Real Estate Since 1990 (28 years experience) 

Certifications:

  • CRS / CDPE / LHP / MRS / CFE / MRE / CNE / IRES/ SRES

Specializing in

  • Black Forest / Calhan / Castle Rock / Colorado Springs / Elbert / Ellicott / Falcon / Fountain / Manitou Springs / Monument / Palmer Lake / Peyton

Specialties:

  •  Buyer's Agent
  •  Listing Agent
  •  Relocation
  •  Foreclosure
  •  Senior Real Estate Specialist

Terry has been an award-winning licensed Realtor since 1990 when Colorado Springs was "Repo Capital" of the United States.  Getting into the business when most agents were leaving the business was a challenge, but one that she eagerly embraced because she came in with a different business philosophy of putting her clients interests above all else, serving them with integrity and care ever since. Buyers and sellers alike appreciated the difference and have rewarded her with repeat and referral business.