“Sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite.” Most people in America have heard this phrase before. While other pests are certainly annoying, it’s rare to find one that is simultaneously so ubiquitous, yet unknown. Fortunately for us, these bugs are not nearly as prolific as they once were.

Bed bugs are small bugs that – you guessed it – live in your bed. As with many pests, if you see one, you can be guaranteed that there are many more. These little critters often aren’t discovered until they start biting the bed’s occupant. Their bites are small, but numerous, and often uncomfortable itchy or painful.

Pests, by their very nature, are annoying, but bed bugs go an extra step. Read on to learn top tips for preventing them in your home.

  1. Declutter Your Home

One of the reasons bed bugs are so awful is because they get everywhere. They are noticeable once they are in your bed, but they infest clothes, linens, objects, and electronics before getting into the walls. In other words, the bugs can infest your entire home.

For bed bugs, your clutter is their cozy new home. Clutter against walls is particularly appealing to the little bugs. The more clutter you have, the more difficult it is to fight an infestation. Preemptively decluttering saves you from trashing most of your stuff later. Once these bugs get into something, it is difficult to get them out. If you get an infestation before decluttering, many items in your house have to be trashed to be safe.

  1. Clean Places That The Bed Bugs May Hide

Bed bugs hide in a variety of places in your home. There are a few locations that are their favorite.

  • Check your pet and pet bed. The warm and cozy folds of your pet’s bed are just as good for pests as your bed. If you suddenly see patches of bright red bite marks on your dogs, check their bedding. Both the bugs and their excrement are visible on bedding. The bugs look like little black dots, while their excrement seems like little patches of rust stains.
  • Vacuum regularly. Carpet is a cozy hiding spot in between homes for bed bugs. Regularly vacuuming will eliminate the problem before it started.
  • Change your sheets often. Weekly laundry and changing your sheets will allow you to inspect your mattress. These inspections are most important in situation where your home is at risk. Moves are a common time for people to get bed bugs, as well as if you bring new furniture into your home.
  1. If There Is A Problem, Contact The Professionals

Bed bugs are not an easy pest to fight. They can hide nearly everywhere in your home, even travelling through outlets and electrical wiring to hide in your walls. By the time you see a single bug, they’ve had the time to procreate and infest your home. Reach out to your local pest control company for assistance. Their years of experience will save you money and frustration in the long run.