Bed Bugs

Commercial customers can call for a free quote on 0861 117 851  or

For your Local Experts call us on 0861 117 852  or Email Us

Qualified, registered and experienced Pest Control technicians

Get your Professional Pest Survey and Quote Free of charge

Protecting businesses and homes in South Africa from Pests for 50 Years

How to Prevent Bed Bugs

Bed bugs or their eggs get into clothing, furniture or suitcases and are then transported wherever these items go. As they are so small and like to hide in cracks and crevices during the day, it can be very easy for bed bugs to move into your home or hotel.

Bed Bug Prevention Tips

There are some preventative steps you can take for bed bug control - especially if you are a frequent traveller - to prevent this pest from invading your home or business.

In Your Home

If you are worried you have brought bed bugs back home after your travels, there are a few things you can do to prevent them from spreading to your home:

  • Leave your luggage in your garage or in the bathroom. Bed bugs don’t like the tiles or concrete and if they are present you will see them easier than on carpet!

  • If you’re very worried, take your clothes off in the garage or bathroom and put them straight into the washing machine.

  • Wash and dry clothes at the highest possible temperatures.

  • Treatment by a professional pest control expert is always the best solution to get rid of bed bugs. However - as a precaution and if possible - you can put your suitcase in the sun, away from the house for a couple of days to help eradicate any bed bugs.

  • Vacuuming can greatly reduce the size of the bed bug population, but only when they’re clearly visible. It cannot guarantee total elimination. (Empty and clean the vacuum to avoid transferring eggs to other rooms.)

In Your Hotel or Residence

With the number of guests moving in and out of your hotel or dorm rooms, it is impossible to completely prevent bed bugs. However, there are ways you can prevent an infestation taking hold and moving from room to room and that is via early detection:

  • Train your staff on how to identify common signs of bed bugs.
  • Ensure thorough checking for bed bugs is written into your room cleaning processes.
  • Have a procedure in place for handling bed bug complaints.
  • Inspect adjacent rooms to identify if the bed bugs have spread (although Rentokil will do this as part of our emergency response survey).
  • Immediately contact Rentokil to arrange a thorough inspection and bed bug control program.

Contact Rentokil for expert bed bug control and prevention for your home or business.