– A GROWING PROBLEM YOU COULD BRING HOME
With increased global travelling and the wide range of accommodation alternatives available today, bed bugs have more chances of hitchhiking in your luggage. Anything that is brought into your home can be a risk. Apart from luggage, second-hand furniture and books, used mattresses and bedding can be carriers.
Even vacant and seemingly clean homes may have bed bugs in them, as adult bed bugs can survive for up to a year without feeding. They can also move from flat to flat.
Easy to spread, hard to get rid of
As bed bugs can hide in a wide range of places in a home, they can be hard to eradicate. The fact that they multiply quickly can make it hard to keep the numbers down. Bed bugs are an elusive pest that cannot be controlled with do-it-yourself measures. The best thing is to bring in a pest control professional as soon as possible after the detection of bed bugs.
Expensive to treat
Bringing a pest control company into your home can be a costly affair depending on the size of the infestation and the number of rooms affected. Sometimes the technician can investigate, diagnose and treat the problem all in one visit. This is not always possible, and you may need repeated treatments. The type of treatment will also have different price tags, for example chemical treatment, active traps or fumigation. According to HomeAdvisor, on average a studio or 1-bedroom flat can cost between 300 – 900 USD per visit, while heat-treating a 3-4-bedroom property can amount to 800 – 2,500 USD, and for large homes with severe cases it can cost 4,000 USD or more (https://www.homeadvisor.com/cost/environmental-safety/bed-bug-treatment/).
How to protect your home
Anyone can be affected by bed bugs, but there are a few measures you can take to reduce your risk. When out travelling, inspect the hotel room before you bring in your luggage. Look especially around the bed and headboard, behind picture frames and furniture. Don't place your suitcase on the bed or under it to prevent any bed bugs from hitchhiking with you home. You can place a Nattaro Scout® detection trap in the room when out travelling and when you get home to make sure you are bed bug-free.
When buying second-hand furniture, check it for any signs of bed bugs or their droppings and never purchase used mattresses. In such situations, encase a mattress in a protective bed bug cover.
Solutions before, during and after
Unlike traditional methods and pesticides that are used when a bed bug infestation is a fact, Nattaro Labs' products can be used before, during and after a bed bug infestation.
Safe and effective solutions
Preventing bed bugs is better than fighting them, but if you should be unlucky to be visited by bed bugs, we have safe and effective solutions to tackle them.
Bed Bug Protector (BBP) is an encasement to prevent or control a bed bug infestation in a bed and mattress. It can be used in two situations:
- To encase an ongoing bed bug infestation during treatment. This allows occupants to continue sleeping in their beds without worry. The protective cover must remain in place for at least 12 months.
- To protect a new bed and frame from being destroyed by an infestation, as well as facilitate quicker visual inspections of the bed.
Bed Bug Protector has been tested by independent laboratories with proven efficacy and is available for all types of beds with a frame, reversible mattresses and Scandinavian standard bed mattresses. It can be combined with Nattaro Safe® bed bug tape on the bottom of the bed as a preventive measure.
Use our Nattaro Scout ® detection trap for continuous monitoring in your bedroom to detect a bed bug infestation before it causes more damage.