Preventing Bed Bugs

One of the questions we hear the most when dealing with bed bug problems around the St. Louis area, is: "What did I do wrong?", and the honest answer is - nothing! You don't have to do anything particularly "wrong" to end up having bed bugs in your home or business. The fact is bed bugs are indigenous to our region and therefore living life normally is enough to bring bed bugs, or their eggs, into your home.

But please don't let this stark bit of reality cause you dispair, or make you want to pack up and leave the beautiful Gateway City! Sure these little blood-sucking parasitic creatures, that attempt to dine on you in the night, are enough to make any normal person question the sanity of living here, but just like anything else that can make life difficult there are things that you can do to avoid the caveats of life in this gorgeous part of the world.

Below is a small list of DOs and DON'Ts, that if followed closely can greatly decrease your chances of ever having to call us back to treat a bed bug infestation again, once we have completely removed those pesky critters from your home. We at Unitech Pest and Termite Control, truly hope you'll find encouragement in this and want to stay...

Bed Bug DOs and DON'Ts:

DO know how to identify bed bugs, so that you can avoid sleeping on any bed that you suspect may contain them.

DO temporarily stow your luggage in the hotel room bathroom, until you have had a chance to thoroughly inspect the room you're staying in. Bathrooms are the least likely place for bed bugs to be found.

DON'T ever put your luggage directly on the carpet. Many hotels have luggage racks in the room - use them! And if necessary use the extra bed in the room for your luggage (once you've inspected the bed carefully for bed bugs.) Another thing you can do is to wrap your luggage in plastic during your trip. This can help protect you luggage in transit as well.

DO teach your children how to inspect for bed bugs. This way if they are spending the night at a friends house they'll know what to watch out for. Also, as a precaution, take your child's overnight bag from them at the doorway, and inspect it thoroughly before letting it into your home.

DO carefully read the reviews for the hotel or resort that you'll be staying at. Websites such as Yelp offer a great place to get the goods on them.

DON'T bring used furniture into your home without first thoroughly inspecting it for bed bugs.

DO wash your bedding in hot water, then dry on the high-heat setting at least once a week. Place pillows and other non-washable items in the dryer on high-heat for at least 20 minutes as well.

DO caulk cracks along the baseboards and molding, and seal any holes in walls where pipes or wires go through the wall.

DO have a pest control company, such as Unitech Pest and Termite Control in St. Louis, routinely inspect and treat your home to avoid a bed bug infestation.