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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

Broker Associate (28+ years experience)

Certifications:

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

Specializing in

Specialties:

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

Terry is long time resident of Colorado Springs and 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 getting out of the business was a challenge, but one that she eagerly embraced because she came in with a different business philosophy of putting her clients interest above all else, serving them with integrity and care, She soon had all the business she could handle from appreciative buyers and sellers.  Terry's commitment to being at the top of the profession for her clients has resulted in awards for every year of her 28 years in real estate and several prestigious designations:

  •  RE/MAX Properties 2015 Client Service Award
  •  RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Award for sales surpassing $100 million
  •  RE/MAX International Hall of Fame Award
  •  The CRS (Certified Residential Specialist designation held by only about 7% of all agents); CDPE-Certified Distressed Property Expert; CNE-Certified Negotiation Expert; RFC-Residential Finance Certification; IRES-International Residential Specialist; LHP-Luxury Home Professional
  • Managing Broker's License

Terry can help you in any phase of Residential Real Estates-buying or selling single family homes; investment properties, luxury properties; town-homes/condos; income properties; new construction and resales; vacant land, short-sales; foreclosures and more.  Call her today for a free consultation 719-590-4796.

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When it comes to a successful real estate transaction, you should have seasoned experienced agent on your side.  Terry is experienced, confident, knowledgeable, and above all, she cares.  Whether you’re selling or buying a home, having an agent of our caliber representing you is invaluable.  She will be your advocate, your advisor and will relentlessly use her expertise to pursue your goals!

Get a positive, helpful partner for buying or selling a home:

  • Trusted resource for answers about the process
  • Innovative marketing strategies
  • Expertise about neighborhood features
  • Ability to target home searches
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Support through the closing and beyond
  • Years of Experience

Find Your Next Home

In this incredibly difficult Seller's market, you need someone who knows how to beat the other buyers to the best homes, get your offer accepted and knows the area inside and out !  Terry can work with you to find the right home at the right price for you, including the neighborhood amenities that matter - not to mention the essential criteria you have for your ideal home.

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When it's time to move, you need someone who will market and advertise your home, show to prospective buyers, negotiate the purchase contract, arrange financing, oversee the inspections, handle all necessary paperwork and supervise the closing.  But even more importantly, an agent who has the experience and knowledge to prevent problems from the get-go and solve the ones that can sink your real estate ship.  She can take care of everything you need, from start to close, making the difficult task of selling less stressful.

Consult on Home Selling Tactics

Often times buyers don't visualize living in your home the way you do.  Terry can help you make your home attractive to its ideal audience - which can help you get top dollar in the shortest time.  Staging and photographing your home, recommending minor repairs or improvements can make the difference between a home getting stale on the market and one that is sold quickly for the maximum net to you.