Do you think that once you have treated your bed bug problem and have been certified 'clean', you are safe forever from these pests? Think again. Treating is only half the solution. The other half is preventing the bed bugs from coming back. After all, you can't truly prevent prevent another bed bug infestation. Bed bugs can come from your workplace, somewhere that you traveled, a hotel, and many other locations over which you have no control.
But while you cannot truly protect yourself against bed bugs, you can protect yourself from a bed bug infestation. An infestation only happens when bed bugs remain undisturbed for some period of time. If you catch the bed bugs before they cause a full-blown infestation, you save yourself much aggravation, money, and time. Here are three ways to protect yourself from bed bugs and for quickly detecting bed bugs if they do happen upon your residence.
1)Use a Verifi bed bug detector. These small boxes attract bed bugs to them using carbon dioxide and a chemical that lures bed bugs to it. The CO2 booster lasts 24 hours after installed and the chemical lasts 90 days from installation, so the verifi system is a good ongoing detection system, lasting for about 3 months. The verifi system must be inspected regularly for the presence of bed bugs. This makes it a very good detection (and thus, prevention) tool. The verifis should be set 5 ft from typical bed bug hotspots, like beds, since research has shown that bed bugs are attracted to the system from 5 ft. away. Verifi is only available to pest control companies, not to consumers, so talk to PestAway to get this system installed in your residence today.
2) Mattress and Pillow Protectors-These encase your mattresses and pillows, making them safe from bed bugs. If there are bed bugs in your home, your pillows and mattresses will be protected from the bed bugs getting inside. Also, since bed bugs feed on human blood, if they cannot get to sleeping humans because they can't get into the pillows or mattress covers, there is less of a chance of them biting you. As an added bonus, the white color of protectors highlights the bed bugs so you will more easily see them and know that there may be a problem.
3) Get regular k9 dog inspections. After all is said and done, it is very possible to miss signs of bed bugs. Although adult bed bugs can be visible, the nymphs and the eggs are transparent and the size of a grain of salt. The best way to prevent an infestation from occuring is to have regularly scheduled bed bug dog services who can sniff out bed bugs much more accurately than you can detect them on site. A regularly serviced bed bug dog is your best bet to avoiding a bed bug infestation.