If you've ever been worried about getting bedbugs before, you've probably thought about taking preventative measures to keep them out of your home. Bedbugs are hard to see and even more difficult to remove, so it's best to try to stop an infestation before it starts. This is easier said than done, but in order to start, you should know how an infestation begins:
Home Cleanliness And Clutter
It's a common misconception that bedbugs are more likely to show up in dirty or unkempt houses. How dirty a home is actually does not factor at all into whether bedbugs stick around; they are concerned with a comfortably warm environment and a food source.
Clutter, however, can make finding and removing infestations harder to find and clean up. Clutter provides hiding spaces, and since bedbugs are already tiny, this can make the removal process that much more difficult, even for professionals.
Bedbugs spread primarily by hitching rides in luggage or clothing. It's rare for bedbugs to travel on people, since they typically feed and leave. But if you live in a high-traffic home with visitors coming over all the time, there's a greater chance that bedbugs could unintentionally be tagging along.
The increase in infestations is attributed partly to an increase in international travel, which can bring bedbugs to and from countries all over the world. If you're worried, ask visitors to inspect their luggage carefully before paying a visit. While bedbugs can move on clothing, washing your clothes on a regular schedule can typically keep bedbugs out.
Bedbugs can also travel on wild animals like bats and birds, but they do not typically travel on pets like cats or dogs, so you won't typically need to worry about pets bringing bedbugs inside.
While too much heat can kill bedbugs, they thrive in areas that are consistently about 70-80 degrees. The warmth is more comfortable and makes it more likely that they will be able to reproduce. While bedbugs still need to be in your home in the first place to cause a problem, a comfortable environment will make it more likely that they will successfully spread.
Bedbugs need hiding places to stay during the day as they are largely nocturnal animals. This is one reason they are so hard to spot and why clutter makes it so difficult to find them. But apart from cleaning house, you can make sure that your rooms are getting enough light -- it doesn't matter whether it's natural or artificial light.
You can also take a flashlight to look under peeling paint, under floorboards, inside the walls and inside furniture. To learn more, contact a company like Paramount Exterminating Co.