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Few things are quite as irritating as settling in on your patio or deck with a good book on a cool summer's evening and getting attacked by mosquitoes and other insects. Eliminating pests inside your home is oftentimes simple, but getting rid of the exterior pests can be a bit more complicated since they can come from so many places. Our blog will show you how to control exterior pests and even a few tips for keeping your home pest-free. We hope that the information that we have provided here will help you relax when you want to without having to deal with insects, rodents and other pests.

Bed Bug Control For Your In-Home Vacation Rental: How To Combat An Issue

With the increasing popularity of alternative ways for travelers to find a place to stay when they get away, many property owners are learning to earn a second income by renting a portion of their property. If you have a section of your home that you are using for vacation rental purposes, you have one little worry that can be more pressing than others: bed bugs.

It is no secret that hotels, motels, and even beach condos are constantly faced with bed bug problems. The primary reason for this is the sheer volume of travelers that come through, plop down their belongings, and drop off a few straggling hitchhikers along the way. Here are a few bed bug control tips to help you keep bed bugs out of your in-home vacation rental as well as your own home. 

1. Provide laundry bags for guests. 

It is such a simple gesture that your guests will likely appreciate, but providing laundry bags for guests may help with bed bug prevention. Bed bugs can be in a guest's laundry and laundry that has nowhere to go usually ends up on the floor. 

2. Do a thorough cleaning after each stay. 

After every guest leaves after their stay, make an effort to do a thorough cleaning. Vacuum, change all the bedding, wash the pillows, and make sure everything is sanitized. Keep in mind that laundering bedding at high temperatures can kill bed bugs and their eggs. 

3. Work with a bed bug control agent for prevention treatments. 

A bed bug control agent can help you prevent a bed bug problem by using their industry expertise to make your property less attractive to bed bugs. They can offer you tips to prevent the bugs from accumulating unchecked, such as clearing clutter at certain points of the property and setting traps.

4. Consider adding protective mattress covers on all the beds. 

Protective mattress covers zip up to completely seal off the mattress. This means if bed bugs do make their way into the bed in your rental, they won't be able to trespass into the mattress where they can hide and reproduce.

5. Get rid of the carpet in the rental. 

If you have carpet in the part of the home that you rent to vacationers, it is a good idea to consider trading it for a hard-surface floor covering like wood, tile, or vinyl. Bed bugs are more abundant in soft floor coverings because there are more places for them to hide.

To learn more, contact a bed bug control service.