How To Prevent Bedbug Problem Vancouver
The key to avoiding bedbug infestations in your house is prevention. Follow these procedures to lessen the risks of an infestation:
- Reduce the number of hiding places for bedbugs.
- De-clutter your home.
- Vacuum frequently, especially beneath and behind mattresses.
- Tighten loose electrical faceplates and repair or remove peeling wallpaper to avoid bedbug problem Vancouver.
- On wooden bed frames, between baseboards, and in walls, ceilings, windows, door frames, and furniture, seal all cracks and fissures.
- Check any entry points on shared walls with your neighbors, as well as any apertures that provide access to the inside of the wall (like areas where pipes, wires, and other utility services enter).
Be Cautious of What You Bring into Your Home or Purchase
- Everything you bring into your home for the first time, including used books, new furnishings, and furniture from a garage sale or antique store, should be thoroughly inspected to prevent a bedbug problem Vancouver.
- When purchasing secondhand or reconditioned items, exercise extreme caution.
- Because new mattresses are frequently delivered in the same truck that removes old mattresses, make sure to inspect your new mattress before bringing it into your home. Before your new mattress is delivered, insist on it being sealed.
- A mattress or sofa should never be taken from a curb.
- Check items before putting them in your vehicle and after assisting a buddy with a relocation.
Check Your Home for Bedbugs Regularly
To avoid infestations, you should inspect your home regularly. You’ll need a few simple instruments to completely evaluate your home:
- something to scrape around the seams and cracks of the mattress (like an old credit card cut into a long triangle: use it in a sweeping motion in narrow spaces to chase bedbugs out of hiding)
- screwdrivers for removing faceplates from electrical outlets and dismantling furniture (always be sure the power is turned off before opening an electrical outlet)
- Check stains with alcohol, glass cleaner, or baby wipes to see whether they are bedbug droppings (if spots dissolve into a reddish-brown color when rubbed, the spots could be bedbug droppings)
- cotton swabs for checking crevice stains
- For your valuables, use white plastic bags that may be sealed.
- Examine the area around, beneath, and alongside beds, couches, and other upholstered furniture. Look for black/brown marks (dried blood or feces), white patches (eggs, which can be difficult to identify), and living or dead bedbugs.
If you uncover evidence of bedbugs, carefully expand the scope of your inspection. Check areas where your pet sleeps as well if you have one, and contact Advance Pest Control right away so we can tackle your bedbug problem Vancouver.
Checking For Bedbugs in A Bed
- Remove all bedsheets, including pillows, and inspect them. If you suspect bedbugs, wash your linens on the hot cycle in your washing machine.
- Slowly pick up each corner of the mattress and inspect all creases, tufts, and buttons, as well as the piping material sewed to the edges, the mattress handles, and air holes, and under the pillow tops.
- Slowly lift each corner to inspect the position of the box spring on the bed frame.
- Examine the box spring’s top surface, interior folds of material, seams, and areas where the fabric is stapled to the box spring. Check around the underside of the cloth’s edge as well. If you suspect bedbugs, turn the box spring upside-down and remove the cloth from the underside to inspect the inside.
- On the bed frame, legs, and headboard, check all surfaces, crevices, screws, staples, tacks, and under wooden plugs that hide screw or nail holes.
- Also, go behind the bed and over the wall (bedbugs can hide in wallpaper and electrical outlets). To examine behind electrical, telephone, or cable faceplates, remove them. Before opening an electrical outlet, make sure the power is switched off. Pay special attention to baseboard gaps, as well as rips or bumps in the wallpaper.
If you detect bedbugs inside the box spring or holes or worn places in the fabric of the mattress, you should toss it. These areas can allow bedbugs to deposit eggs in hard-to-reach areas that are difficult to cure.
Wrap your bed or any other infested things in plastic and tape up the edges before throwing them out to avoid spreading bedbugs on your route to the garbage. Put a sign on the item that says it’s infested with bedbugs so no one else takes it home with them. Better yet, contact Advance Pest Control so our technicians can properly get rid of your bedbug problem Vancouver.