We have all heard the old phrase, “Sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite”.
Most of us grew up without ever having seen a bedbug and thought that sentence a silly riddle that adults told children at bedtime.
Unfortunately bedbugs are now more than a silly riddle.
You can find numerous articles in newspapers, magazines and on the Internet about bedbugs; making most of us shiver at the thought of being tormented by these blood-sucking pests while we sleep.
The best defense against getting bedbugs is to be aware that anyone, you or any member of your family, can unknowingly bring bedbugs into your home. The most common way to pick up bedbugs is by traveling. Hotels and motels have taken the brunt of attention for acquiring bedbugs. Yet they can be found in airports, airplanes, cabs, delivery trucks, trains and buses. Schools and dormitories are fast becoming places to find bedbugs.
Buying or receiving used furniture or clothing can be a potential hiding place for bedbugs. When buying furniture or mattresses, check with the store to find out if the item was bought and perhaps returned by a previous customer. Ask about their pick-up and delivery policy regarding their delivery trucks on new and used furniture. Anywhere there are people you can find bedbugs. This doesn’t mean that you should barricade yourself into your home. Just being aware of the places you can pick up bedbugs and taking steps to reduce the chances of having these uninvited pests in your home are the first course of action of reducing the possibility of an infestation.
There are many sources of online information on bedbug prevention. You can also log onto our website at www.worldpestonline.com for bedbug travel tips. Arming yourself with information can be the best defense against that old-time phrase come true, insuring you and your family good night’s sleep.