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How To Protect Your Indianapolis Home From Bed Bugs As Summer Arrives

May 9, 2019

a bed bug crowched down with its legs sprawled out as it is crawling along the hairy skin of an indianapolis resident

Bed bugs can be active and problematic for homeowners year-round. However, each season brings different challenges. As summer arrives in Indianapolis, there are steps you can take to help protect your home from a bed bug infestation. Even while being cautious and taking preventative measures, you may still find yourself with bed bugs in your Indianapolis-area home. If this happens, act quickly and call for a professional pest control service, as it is the only way to effectively rid your home of bed bugs.

Why bed bugs are a problem in the summer

Bed bugs are small, no bigger than 1/4" or so when fully mature. Bed bugs don’t have wings, and therefore can’t fly. This might leave you wondering how they get from place to place so quickly; the answer is you! Bed bugs are excellent at stowing away in belongings and hitching a ride. In the summer, as you are traveling to vacation destinations, using public transportation, staying in hotels, and visiting crowded tourist spots, you are at greater risk of exposure to bed bugs.

Prevention steps for homeowners

As you travel about this summer, use precaution to avoid bringing bed bugs back to your Indianapolis home. Before booking a place to stay, do a little research online to see if there have been bed bug reports and how they handled it. When you arrive, leave your belongings outside until you inspect the room for signs of bed bugs. When you do bring your belongings in, don’t set your suitcases on the bed or floor; instead, use the racks. It’s a good idea to pack your belongings in sealed plastic bags, and don’t take them out until you need them. Put dirty clothes and personal items in plastic bags to bring home. Wash clothes immediately in the hottest temperature setting as soon as you arrive home. Store your suitcases away, after a thorough wipe down.

If you are traveling on public transportation or visiting crowded tourist spots, take similar precautions. Inspect your seat, lounge chair, or benches where you sit. Don’t place beach bags or purses on the floor. Hang jackets, towels, and other belongings on hooks away from other people’s belongings, if possible.

Indy residents turn to action for bed bugs

If you suspect that you’ve brought bed bugs home from your summer vacation, please don’t hesitate to call us at Action Pest Control. The sooner we can start on bed bug treatment, the better. Our experienced technicians will rid your home of bed bugs in the most effective manner and guarantee our work will keep these pests away!


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