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Charleston Bed Bug Exterminator Tips: How to Avoid Bed Bugs in the Summer!

According to the National Pest Management Association, 97% of Pest Control Professionals in American have treated homes for bed bug infestations.

Bed bugs— they are expert hitchhikers and travelers nationwide have had run-ins with the critters while staying in hotels, vacation rentals, or at camp. Thus, if Summer travel plans are in your near future, experts say it’s important to take proper precautions to prevent these freeloaders from heading back home with your family. 

How to Avoid Charleston, SC Bed Bugs in the Summer:

  1. Bed bugs cling to fabric, so when visiting a hotel room or vacation rental, you should never store your luggage on a carpeted surface.
  2. Always inspect the mattress & headboard for bugs or tiny blood spots prior to laying on the bed. You can look around the edge of the mattress, but you can also take a blow dryer and heat up that area and see if they come out of those cracks and crevices.
  3. If you are sending your kids to summer camp, the experts recommend washing all their belongings immediately (in hot water and dry on high heat) when they return home—a good tip to follow any travel.
  4. Carry a flashlight to assist with visual bed bug inspections.
  5. Consider a hard-shelled suitcase, offering fewer crevices where bed bugs can hide.
  6. Prior to heading out on a Summer get-a-way, cover your mattress and box spring in a bed bug proof cover. This will prevent the bugs from infiltrating the mattress, in case you accidentally bring one home. It will also make it easier for exterminators to spot the bed bugs & address the problem.
  7. If you think you may have brought bed bugs home with you, seek professional pest control assistance to address an infestation.
Source: https://www.counton2.com/news/local-news/a-local-exterminator-shares-seven-tips-to-avoid-bed-bugs-this-summer/2055524282
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