How to Detect and Prevent Bedbugs Before Moving In

Your first night in a new house or apartment is one of the most exciting experiences, after you’ve unpacked all your belongings and settled in, of course. But the question still remains, have you searched for those nasty little critters known as g bugs?


Now more than ever, homeowners and tenants are becoming more and more concerned with the history of bedbug infestations in their new home. Not all homeowners or landlords will disclose whether or not there has been a bedbug infestation in a property in the past, or similarly are not aware of any current issues. In order to make sure that you don’t have to deal with any bedbug problems when you move in, there are a number of things you can do.

Contact Pest Control

One of the easiest things you can to do ensure you don’t have to deal with bedbug issues in your new home is to contact the local, non-emergency pest control hotline in order to find out what the regulations are in the local area regarding informing new homeowners and tenants about past bedbug infestations in a property. The advisors should be able to give you information regarding whether or not you should have been informed prior to signing a tenancy agreement or finalizing a property purchase.

Arrange an Inspection

Prior to buying a home, it’s important to carry out a number of inspections on the property in order to eliminate the chance of any issues arising. Along with having a professional building inspector or surveyor look over the property, it’s a good idea to have a canine inspection in order to discover any bedbugs which could be hiding in the nooks and crannies. Be sure that this inspection is carried out before you move in and if possible before you sign an agreement in order to save time and money in the future.

Preventative Measures

In order to ensure that your home isn’t inviting to bedbugs, there are a number of preventative measures which you can take. You can create a bedbug barrier within the property by using a bedbug spray that can be bought from most grocery stores, and using anti-allergy mattress and bedding casing can help to prevent bedbugs from getting into your bed clothes. Keep your home as free from clutter as possible so that there are less places for bedbugs to hide, especially under your bed.

Telltale Signs

Before you can get rid of bedbugs, you need to know which signs to look out for. If you see any bugs in your home, it may take a close inspection to determine whether or not what you’re looking at is a bedbug. Generally, bedbugs are oval in shape and wingless. They are usually a yellowish-white or reddish-brown in color, and have six legs and a short thick antenna. If you see any bugs in your home resembling this description, you may need to call a professional company like to remove them.

Don’t let the bed bugs bite!


About the author: Calvin Page is a journalist and blogger who specializes in articles concerned with all things business, from finance, to management, to keeping a green office, and even the real estate aspects.