What Will Your Kids Be Bringing Home with them this Summer?
Anyone who has ever had to deal with bedbugs will emphatically tell you it’s a problem you don’t want to have. These parasitic bugs will show no mercy once they’ve found a new place to infest, and their nocturnal feeding habits will leave you itching and scratching. What’s worse is just how difficult it can be to eliminate them. In recent years, bedbugs have been discovered in thousands of homes and hotels, and now they’re popping up in college dorms. If you’ve got a college student home for the summer and you think they may have brought some bedbugs with them, it’s time to take action.
- Leave potentially infested items where they are. You may be tempted to remove them from your home, but resist the urge as it will only allow the bugs to travel to a new home.
- Seal belongings, such as clothing, sheets, shoes, and other washable items, in a plastic bag until they can be washed in hot water.
- Get rid of unnecessary clutter. Bedbugs will hide anywhere they can, so you need to remove as many potential hiding places as possible.
- Put your mattresses and box springs in bedbug-proof covers. Do this for pillows as well after you have stripped them of their pillowcases. Covers can be purchased at a number of major retailers.
- Disassemble the bed and clean all parts of it with a water and alcohol mixture.
After you have completed the above steps, it’s time to call the exterminator to come and inspect your home. A pest control technician will be able to tell you if further action, such as heat exposure or fumigation, is necessary to eliminate the problem.
Once the infestation is cleared, take preventative measures to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Talk to your college student about steps he or she can take, including limiting visitors in their dorm room or pre-washing secondhand clothing, furniture, and other items.
If you think you have bed bugs, contact Ransford Environmental Solutions today at 508-626-2847. We will provide an inspection and if bed bugs are found, we will provide a free estimate with our treatment plan. Visit us online at today.