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How To Prevent Bed Bugs

Whether you’re currently bed bug free or recently eradicated an infestation, these steps will prevent bed bugs from bugging you.

Prevent Bed Bugs in Your Home By:

  • Reduce clutter to eliminate potential hiding places for bed bugs and other pests. Do not bring used beds, bed frames, mattresses, box springs, sofas or upholstered chairs into your home.

  • Thoroughly inspect new mattresses, box springs, beds, bed frames, sofas and upholstered furniture before bringing into your home.

  • Use a protective cover that encases mattresses and box springs so bed bugs cannot get inside. Purchase a high quality encasement that will resist tearing. Check the encasements regularly for holes.

  • To deter bed bugs from crawling onto a bed, pull the bed frame away from the wall. Tuck in sheets and blankets so they do not touch the floor.

  • Use ClimbUp® insect interceptors on legs of bed.

  • Use BEDS® bed bug detection system for early notification of a bed bug presence.

  • Vacuum frequently. After vacuuming immediately seal the vacuum cleaner bag in a plastic bag and discard in a garbage container outside of the dwelling.

  • Clean and sanitize dwelling.

  • Launder bedding and clothing in hot water, especially anything recently purchased. Dry on a high setting for at least 45 minutes.

  • Repair cracks in plaster and glue down loosened wall paper.

  • Caulk any cracks in the walls, along molding, window frames, etc.

  • To protect clothing, consider using vinyl drawer liners and keep them zipped when not adding or removing clothing.

Bed Bug Prevention When Traveling:

  • Before your trip, check to see if the hotel is listed in the Google it as well and check any reviews the hotel has before booking your room. Call and ask if they have done any bed bug treatments.

  • Pack a flashlight. It makes it much easier to check for bed bugs.

  • When you arrive at the hotel, put your luggage in the bathroom, outside or on the balcony while you inspect the room.

  • Inspect the box spring, mattresses and linens for any signs of bed bugs. Pay close attention to folds and seams. Look for stains of black or brown fecal matter. Also look for translucent light brown skin castings. You will normally find those in the area that bed bugs are nesting.

  • Check the sheets, pillows and pillow cases. Look for signs of tiny blood stains left behind after bed bugs have fed.

  • Check the front and back of the headboard or, if attached, where head board meets the wall.

  • Check the bed frame where parts are joined together.

  • Since most bed bugs nest within 10-15 feet from the bed, check for signs of bed bugs along the walls and moldings, and inside the cracks where the molding meets the wall and floor. If the walls are covered in wallpaper, look for any places that are loose or have a tear.

  • Check all furniture such as couches or chairs. Lift the cushions and inspect for signs of bed bugs.

  • If you find signs of bed bugs, call the front desk immediately. After management confirms your findings request a refund. If they try to give you another room, it would be best to refuse since it’s very likely that other rooms will be infested as well.

  • Use luggage racks when packing or unpacking rather than setting your luggage on the bed or floor.

  • Use luggage protector encasements.

  • Upon returning home, unpack clothing directly into a washing machine. Wash using hot water and dry for at least 45 minutes on a high setting. Inspect your luggage carefully.

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