During the winter, your home is a comfortable haven that keeps you safe from the chilly weather. Unfortunately, you and your family are not the only ones seeking refuge from the cold. Many insects and pests are also taking advantage of the cozy warmth your Vancouver home provides, in order to survive the winter.

Fortunately, the insect populations that are rampant in the warm, moist summer months decline when the cold weather hits, for example mosquitoes and flies. However, there are a number of resilient critters that can outlast freezing temperatures. Do not assume that all pests hibernate or disappear in the winter. For instance, bed bugs can withstand temperatures as low as -25 degrees. As a result, contrary to popular belief, they may appear in your home more frequently in the colder months when they have more warm bedding to hide. Considering that most of your time in the winter is spent indoors, it is worth hiring a bed bug exterminator in Vancouver to help keep your living space clean and pest free.

Fall is a good time to schedule pest control, because while the weather will be cooler, most homes will not have turned on the heating yet. Keep in mind that once the air in your home becomes warm, any bugs that found their way in already will not want to leave, and are likely to breed more of their kind in a cozy, welcoming environment!

3 Tips to Avoid a Bed Bug Infestation

Keep your family and home safe this winter by taking proactive steps to prevent the appearance of bed bugs. Here are 3 useful tips to avoid a bed bug infestation:

● Clean your House – If you live in a cluttered space, the first thing you need to do is a thorough cleaning of your house. Clutter creates an ideal environment for bed bugs to hide and thrive. To keep your home clean, use a strong mopping solution on your floors,
dust your furniture regularly, and remove any garbage as necessary.

● Wash your Linens – Bed bugs are predominantly found hiding in between bedsheets, blankets, and warm clothing. If you see signs that they have invaded your home, make sure you wash and dry all bed linens, blankets, and clothing in the highest temperature setting on your washing and drying machines. Additionally, store the clothing that you don’t wear regularly, in vacuum-sealed bags.

● Encase Your Mattress – Cover your mattress and box springs in zippered cases. These safe covers are made of high quality fabric, resistant to tears, can be washed, and have no folds around the zipper. This can help you prevent the spread of bed bugs.

Have Bed Bugs Claimed Your Living Space? It’s Time to Call for Pest Control

If these stubborn pests have invaded your home, call a professional bed bug exterminator. At Pest Detective, our team of certified professionals have the knowledge and experience to eliminate your in-home bug infestations. For over 30 years, home owners in Maple Ridge, Vancouver, Fraser Valley, North Shore, and the Lower Mainland have trusted us to help examine and resolve all types of pest control issues.

Hire a bed bug exterminator in Vancouver today by calling Pest Detective at a location near you. You can also contact our team of professionals online to ask any questions you might have about pest control in Vancouver.