Critters 101

How To Prevent a Bed Bug Infestation In Your Home

The experts at always preach being proactive to avoid bed bug infestations. It's possible to keep your home cozy AND bed bug-free. Happy bug-proofing!

How do bed bugs get into a home?

  • Uninvited hitchhikers: Bed bugs are sneaky little travelers that can hitch a ride on your belongings. They may crawl into your luggage, backpack, or even cling onto your clothes while you're out and about.
  • Second-hand surprises: Bringing home used furniture without proper inspection can be a risky move. Bed bugs love to hide in the seams and crevices of couches, mattresses, and chairs. Before embracing that vintage find, take a close look for any signs of these unwelcome guests.
  • Neighborly invasion: Sometimes, bed bugs don't travel far. If your neighbors have an infestation, these resourceful critters can easily make their way into your home through cracks and crevices. It's like a bug version of "Neighborhood Watch," but without the cute vests.
  • Unexpected guests: Even the most pristine living spaces can fall victim to bed bugs. These tiny insects can crawl through tiny gaps, cracks in walls, or electrical sockets. So, your beautiful home is not completely immune to their unwelcome advances.

Can a messy room cause bed bugs?

Absolutely! A messy room won't directly cause bed bugs to appear, but it can certainly create the perfect hiding spots for these pesky critters. If you want to avoid that, here's what you need to know:

  • Bed bugs are expert hiders, and clutter provides them with more places to hide, making it harder to spot and eliminate them.
  • Messy piles of clothes, stacks of papers, or cluttered furniture can give bed bugs a cozy environment to thrive in.
  • Bed bugs are attracted to places where they can find warmth, darkness, and easy access to their favorite food source: us!
  • A tidy room makes it easier to detect and address any potential bed bug issues early on, preventing a full-blown infestation. It also makes moms happy across the globe.

How do I protect my couch from bed bugs?

giant bed bug on a bed in a city apartment

Protecting your couch from bed bugs is essential to keep your living space bug-free. Here's what you need to know:

  • Ensure cleanliness: A clean environment is crucial in preventing bed bugs. That means you should regularly vacuum and dust your couch, paying attention to crevices and seams where they can hide. Here's a great guide on how to keep your couch "high and tight"!
  • Use protective covers: Invest in specialized bed bug covers designed for couches. The reason being that these covers create a barrier that prevents bed bugs from infesting your couch.
  • Inspect before bringing in: Before bringing any second-hand furniture into your home, carefully inspect it for any signs of bed bugs. You can do this by looking for dark spots, shed skins, or live bugs.
  • Minimize clutter: Avoid creating hiding spots for bed bugs by reducing clutter in your home. Conversely, a tidy space makes it easier to detect and eliminate any unwanted pests.
  • Be cautious during travel: Bed bugs can hitch a ride on your luggage or clothing while traveling. For that reason, inspect your belongings upon returning home and wash your clothes in hot water.

Protecting your beloved couch from bed bugs is essential to ensure a cozy and bug-free environment for you and your home. And keeping your couch nice and clean is a huge part of the recipe to success!

Where can I learn more? I still need help!

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Alex Back is the founder and CEO of Previously, he was the co-founder and COO of the popular furniture brand, Apt2B, which was acquired by a large US retail furniture chain in 2018. He worked to integrate Apt2B, one of the very first online furniture retailers on the Shopify platform, into the operations of the 100 year old larger business entity and was deeply immersed in the business operations of both online and brick and mortar retail for 4 years before leaving in 2023 to start Working in various parts of the furniture industry since 2004, he has 20 years experience in retail sales, e-commerce, marketing, operations, logistics and wholesale manufacturing and distribution. He has worked extensively with partners such as Costco, Bed Bath and Beyond and Amazon and his work has been highlighted in many publications such as Forbes, CNN and HGTV, among others. Alex is delighted to bring his experience and authority on couches and the furniture industry to this platform, along with many of his industry colleagues who are helping him keep the audience informed and engaged on a daily basis.
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