Bedbugs are often unwelcome house guests and you might have to spend a lot just to get rid of them. That’s why preventive measures are always better than what could turn out to be costly efforts at damage control. Read on for a few preventive measures you can apply in your home:
Use a protective cover
Mattress covers and box spring encasements are a great way to keep bugs off your mattress and bedcovers. You won’t have to worry about having your mattress treated if you have these covers in place.
Clutter can invite bedbugs into your home so clean your rooms regularly. That should discourage bugs, along with a whole lot of other possible home pests, from invading your house and settling in for a long stay.
Vacuum once a week
Be vigilant against bedbugs by regularly vacuuming your home, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency suggests. That’s an excellent way to get rid of any bugs you might miss.
Check that secondhand furniture
That secondhand couch or sofa bed might still have a few good years left in it but be sure to check for bugs before you take it home with you. If you don’t, you might end up getting more than a sofa or couch in the process. Any cost-savings you get from the sale could go out the window if you have to spend on costly bedbug removal services as well.
Toss or treat that furniture
If you think your furniture if infested with bedbugs, take it out of any common room to prevent it from spreading. Cover it up as best as you can and remove it from your home. If you don’t cover it up, then put it into a locked dumpster instead. This should not only stop the bugs from spreading, it can also keep new ones from finding their way into your property.