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No one in Hamilton wants bed bugs to infest their home. After all, your home is your sanctuary and safe place! These pests are difficult to eliminate once they take over.  At Burlington Pest Control, we want you to take preventative measures, therefore follow some of these tips to help avoid a bed bug infestation in your home:

1. Be Careful While Traveling

Many people bring bed bugs home when they travel. They inadvertently pick them up at a hotel or motel and bring them home in their luggage. To avoid an infestation, inspect the bed and furniture in your room and keep your suitcase zipped up. When you arrive home, place your clothes in the dryer on high heat for 30 minutes to kill off any hitchhikers! To be extra safe, carry bug killer aerosol with you.

2. Heat Wash Your Bedding

Bed bugs are very vulnerable to extreme heat. By washing in a hot water cycle and drying your sheets in a hot dryer, you are less likely to experience an infestation. It is critical however, to also treat other areas such as headboards, baseboards, and box springs.

3. Be Careful When Buying Used Furniture

Used furniture can be the “Trojan Horse” for bed bugs. If the previous owner had an infestation, it’s likely your home will have the same problem.Therefore, the best way to handle this situation is to avoid buying used furniture.

4. Cover Your Mattress and Box Spring

Encase all mattresses and box springs in your home with our lab-tested bed bug proof mattress covers. This prevents bed bugs from nesting in your bed, their primary hiding place. TIP: Remember bed bugs can hide in other areas of your home such as behind walls and in dresser drawers so if you start getting suspicious bites at night or see any signs, call a professional immediately! The longer you wait, the harder it is to deal with these pests!

5. Catch Them Early

Install one of our bed bug detection monitors that go under the legs of your bed.

If you would like to know more about bed bugs or explore our pest control services visit www.burlingtonpestcontrol.ca or call us at 905-318-1242.