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    I’ve Gotten Rid of the Bugs - Now What?

    So you’ve successfully beaten back the tiny invaders who were infesting your home and removed the last traces of them from your bed. Surely now you’d like nothing more than to simply rest and get a good night’s sleep without any more worries about being bitten by those pesky bloodsucking bed bugs. However, your work is not quite done if you want to ensure that they don’t come back and force you to live through “Attack of the Bed Bugs: Part 2”, the sequel to the story you just finished.

    The first thing you’ll want to do is to carefully seal or caulk all of the cracks and crevices around your home, such as baseboards, moldings and the spaces around air conditioning or heating units. Be sure to get a good seal on all conduits and openings that would allow the insect a place to hide. Next, inspect your walls for any holes or other damaged spots in need of repair where you suspect that a bed bug could hide. Re-glue any damaged or peeling wallpaper and repair peeling paint, as well.

    Next, if you have a bed skirt, you may want to consider getting rid of it, as these are notorious hiding places for the bugs. If you truly must have a bed skirt, then be sure to purchase one without pleats or ruffles, because a flat surface is easier to inspect.

    Finally, and perhaps most importantly, you’ll want to add a bit of protection to your bed itself. The most effective way to do this is using bed bug proof encasements for both the mattress and box spring on every bed in your home. When purchasing new mattresses and box springs, it’s important to have encasements ready upon delivery so that you can cover up these products before they ever enter the home. This ensures that if you do ever find another infestation at a later date, the mattress and box spring will still be protected and will not provide hiding spots for the insects.

    The new habits you developed while managing your infestation should last you for a lifetime and should prevent you from ever dealing with another one ever again.

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