A bed bug infestation not only affects your peace of mind but also your wallet. Professional home treatments can be costly, especially if they’re not done properly and need to be repeated.
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has already received 375 complaints against pest control companies this year. In a recent article, the BBB and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recommended that consumers be proactive in their efforts to prevent bed bugs from invading their homes in the first place.
“While it may be easier said than done, it’s always important for consumers to know how to prevent and control a pest problem,” said Ken Vander Meeden, President, BBB of Western Michigan. “Preventing the problem prevents the possibility of a pest control scam.”
As part of a proactive plan to prevent bed bugs, the BBB recommends inspecting any secondhand furniture pieces before bringing them home, enclosing mattresses and box springs in covers that are labeled “for bed bugs” and utilizing luggage racks during travel and then vacuuming the luggage after returning home.