How To Protect Your Home (and Furniture) from Bed Bugs

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In recent years bed bug infestations have been on the rise, especially in large metropolitan areas such as New York City. Outside of affecting apartments and hotels, bed bugs have been found in movie theaters and even clothing stores! As a local business serving the New York City area specializing in home furnishings, it is Gothic Cabinet Craft’s commitment to ensure that we provide our customers with the best products possible. This is why we have provided a few steps to protect your home and it’s furnishings from these pesky little critters.

Bed bugs, What To Look For

Bed bugs are small insects whose diets consist mostly of human blood. Young, newly hatched bed bugs are slightly transparent whereas adult bed bugs are flat and have red, oval shaped bodies. Before you go on a bed bug fumigation spree, it is important to note that they can be confused with other household insects such as carpet and spider beetles.

Signifiers of bed bugs include blood stains, bed bug droppings, and eggs. These are prevalent on mattress seams, sheets, pillow cases, headboards, and upholstered furniture. Bed bugs also like to hide out in crevices and cracks in furniture as well as along baseboards. They especially like to congregate around mattresses, bed frames, and headboards as their human food sources spend a decent amount of time in bed, sleeping.

What To Do If You Have Bed Bugs

Wash all items that show bed bug stains in hot water and dry on high for at least 20 minutes. Run a hair dryer over the mattress. Holding the hairdryer on a spot for 30 seconds is enough to kill bed bugs. Once you have blow-dried the mattress, vacuum the mattress thoroughly. You should also vacuum carpets and floors, as well as bed frames, furniture, and cracks and crevices. Be sure to dispose of the vacuum bag or empty the canister outside of the house.  Once you have cleaned the infected mattress, enclose in a plastic cover specifically for bed bugs and keep the mattress wrapped for at least a year.

How To Prevent Bed Bugs

Buying new furniture is a good way to reduce the chances of buying furniture infested with bed bugs over used or thrift store furniture. Also, purchasing furniture that is made in the US is another good way to avoid pests as foreign production policies are not as stringent as domestic policies. Plus domestically produced furniture has more oversight during the manufacturing process, to ensure quality control.

There are steps you can take to prevent bed bugs from entering your home. Simple steps such as thoroughly washing clothing after traveling and regularly washing and changing bed sheets can help keep bed bugs away. You can also purchase a Bed Bug Protection Kit in our stores. These kits include a mattress encasement that is bed bug entry and escape proof on all six sides, and also bite proof on the top. Another thing to note is that furniture made out of solid wood is less susceptible to bed bugs as solid wood furnishings have few cracks and spaces (compared to plywood and particle board items) where bed bugs like to hide.

These suggestions are good ways to keep your home free of bed bugs. However, in some cases it may be necessary to call in the experts. If you are experiencing an out of control bed bug situation, contact a pest control specialist.

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