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How To Prevent
Bed Bugs

For students, getting a good night’s sleep could be the difference between a lackluster performance on a test or passing with flying colors. If there’s one thing in this world that’s certain to ruin any chance of receiving a restful night of sleep, it’s bed bugs. These pesky pests can hitchhike on luggage or clothes after traveling, and once they infiltrate your home, they become incredibly difficult to dispel. 

Here at Athens Ridge, the safety and wellbeing of our residents is a top priority. For this reason, we’ve compiled a list of helpful tips that can help you avoid ever experiencing a bed bug infestation.

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Looking For Bed Bugs

Know The Signs

Knowing the signs of bed bugs can help residents stop a few pests from becoming a full-blown infestation. Bed bugs themselves are minuscule, oval-shaped insects that are fairly hard to spot. So, how do you know if you have bed bugs? Well, there are a few telltale signs. Residents of apartments afflicted by bed bugs will often find reddish-brown stains and tiny eggshells that look akin to rice grains on their mattresses. However, mattresses aren’t the only places residents should be checking. Places such as bed frames, box springs, outlets, cracks in the floor, and even picture frames could be home to bed bugs. Routinely check these areas, and if there are ever any signs, contact a local exterminator immediately. 

Inspect Secondhand Furniture

Consider the risks carefully before acquiring any secondhand or discarded furnishings for your apartment. Bed bugs are notorious hitchhikers, and secondhand furniture is the perfect vehicle for transporting them back home. If you come across a vintage loveseat at a garage sale that you simply can’t live without, be sure to thoroughly inspect it for any signs of bed bugs or other pests before bringing it back to the apartment. Also, consider treating it with some insecticide just to be on the safe side.

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Keep An Eye On Pets

Residents of pet friendly apartments are encouraged to inspect their pet’s beds for signs of pests routinely. Any time a pet goes outside, there’s a chance that they’ll pick up some pests trying to hide in their fur, bed bugs included. From there, bed bugs will migrate to the places that pets like to spend their time, such as their beds, and feed on them. Routinely check pet bedding for reddish-brown spots and eggshells and regularly wash the bed on a high-temperature. If you ever dress your pet in clothes, check those for signs of pests as well.

Be Cautious When Traveling

The last thing anyone wants to worry about on their vacation is checking their hotel room for bed bugs, but being vigilant now can save you a world of trouble down the line. As we’ve already established, bed bugs love hitchhiking, and a traveler’s luggage provides them with the perfect place to stow away. Avoid bringing an unwanted guest home by inspecting the bed and furniture of your lodging before placing luggage on them. Then, as a precautionary measure, throw any clothes from the luggage in the dryer upon returning home. The high heat should eradicate any pests that tagged along.

Declutter & Clean

Keeping a home tidy and clutter-free has a multitude of benefits, one of the best being it’ll help prevent bed bugs. Vacuuming, in particular, is excellent for pulling any hidden pests and their eggs out of fabrics. Have a lot of stuff lying around the apartment? Maybe some cardboard boxes leftover from move-in day? Well, now is the time to put everything away and pitch what you no longer need. Reducing the clutter around the apartment in this way will eliminate hiding spots for pests and prevent infestation. Not to mention, all this cleaning will keep the apartment looking great!

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