Top 10 Tips to Prevent & Control Bed Bugs

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1. Make sure you really have bed bugs, not fleas, ticks or other insects.

You can compare your insect to the pictures in our Pest Control Library page or show it to professional exterminator.

2. Don’t panic!

Getting rid of bed bug is difficult but not impossible. Don’t throw away all of you stuff because much of it can be treated and saved. Beside, replacing all of the stuff you throw out can be very costly and may cause the spread of bed bugs.

3. Think about your treatment options.

Spay cans are not the only solution and may not be the right solution. Integrated pest management (IPM) techniques may reduce the number of bed bugs and limit your families contact with pesticides. If pesticides are needed, always follow label directions or hire a professional.

4. Reduce the number of hiding places.

Get rid of the clutter!!!

Clutter only provides more place for pests to hid and makes finding them more difficult then it needs to be. If bed bugs are in you mattress, encase the mattress and box spring with bed bug certified covers and leave it on for at least one year. This will prevent bed bug from getting to you while sleeping.

If you would like bed bug encasement covers, please call us at (718) 948-1502.

5. Regularly wash and heat-dry your bed sheets, blankets, bedspreads and any clothing that touches the floor.

This reduces the number of bed bugs. Bed bugs and their eggs can hide in laundry containers/hampers Remember to clean them when you do the laundry.

6. Do-it-yourself freezing may not be a reliable method for bed bug control.

Freezing can kill bed bugs however, temperatures must remain very low for a long period of time. Home freezers may not be cold enough to kill bed bugs. During the winter, putting things outside in freezing temperatures could kill bed bugs, but that may not be the most ideal way to handle the problem and there other factors that contribute to the success of this method.

7. Kill bed bugs with heat.

Raising the indoor temperature with the house thermostat or space heaters won’t do the job. Space heaters can be dangerous. Very high temperatures are needed for successful heat treatment. Black plastic bags in the sun might work to kill bed bugs in luggage or small items but only if the contents can get hot enough. Bed bugs die when their body temperatures reaches 113°F. To kill bed bugs with heat, the room or container must be kept hotter than 113°F to ensure the heat reaches the bed bugs no matter where they are hiding.

8. Don’’t pass your bed bugs on to others.

Bed bugs are good hitchhikers. If you throw out a mattress or furniture that has bed bugs in it, you should slash or in some way destroy it so that no one else takes it and gets bed bugs.

9.Reduce the number of bed bugs to reduce bites.

Regular and thorough vacuuming can help get rid of some of the bed bugs. Be sure to vacuum all rugs, floors, upholstery, bed frames, under & around bed frames, and all cracks and crevices around the room. Change the bag after each use so the bed bugs can’t escape. Dispose of the bag in a tightly sealed plastic bag immediately.

10. Turn to the professionals.

Hiring a professional is the best course of action. When hiring a pest control company, make sure they use an IPM approach and they are one with a good reputation. You want someone who is willing to evaluate and monitor you home after the initial service to make sure the bed bugs don’t come back.

Winter Pest Control Advise

Typically as winter approaches in December, the temperatures drop and snow begins to fall in New York and New Jersey areas. Bugs and pests like bees and mosquitoes go into hibernation which leaves homeowners in a state of comfort. Unfortunately this state of comfort can be misguided as there are other bugs and critters are running around looking for warmth during the winter months. It is not uncommon for rodents and spiders to migrate indoors seeking warmth and comfort of your home. For that reason, we wanted to provide you with winter pest control advise.

So here are some preventative measures to protect your home from these unwelcome guests. The last thing anyone would want is for one of these critters to make an appearance during your holiday party.

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Mouse hiding in warm corner.

Firewood Storage

For families that heat their home with a wood burning stove or fireplace, firewood is a necessity in the winter. It also creates a cozy location for critters like mice and ants to make their nests. To prevent these pests from gaining access to your home, we recommend keeping your firewood pile at least 20 feet from the house.

Leaky Pipes

Cockroaches are another common cold-weather pest that can trigger allergies and worsen asthma symptoms. Often found in kitchens and bathrooms, these pests love warm, damp areas and can often be found under appliances and sinks. Perform a thorough check of your home this season, tightening leaky pipes to keep cockroaches from making themselves at home.

Cover your Chimney

As you are decorating the outside of your home this holiday season, take some time to protect it from pests as well. A mesh cover or chimney cap can be installed to keep squirrels and raccoons from making their way indoors. Homeowners should also trim back bushes and trees, preventing these animals from getting access to your roof.

Whether you find a pest in your home or are interested in taking preventative measures to keep them out this winter, contact Stafford Unlimited online or by phone at  (718) 948-1502 today!