Bed Bug Prevention
It’s possible to pick up bed bugs almost any place – they’ve infested offices, stores, hotels, gyms and numerous other places. They can hide in your luggage, personal belongings, or even on you, and hitchhike a ride back to your home, condo, townhouse or apartment. Once indoors, they can be extremely difficult to eradicate without the help of an experienced pest control company.
Bed bug prevention tips for your home
- Wash all bedding regularly in hot water (at least 120 degrees) and dry it at a high temperature.
- Thoroughly wash or dry clean curtains, rugs, drapes
- Cover mattresses, pillows, and box springs with a high quality protective cover for bed bugs that resists tearing.
- Vacuum floors regularly.
- Reduce clutter to eliminate additional hiding spots for bed bugs.
- Check your own bedroom for bed bugs from time to time.
- Remove all bedding and check mattress and box spring thoroughly.
- Examine cracks and crevices in bed frame and headboard.
- Examine bedroom furniture such as nightstands, dressers, upholstered chairs, and sofas.
- Check other common places to find bed bugs such as along and under the edge of wall-to-wall carpeting, cracks in wood molding & ceiling-wall junctures, behind wall-mounted picture frames, mirrors, switch plates & outlets, under loose wallpaper, in nearby clothing and clutter, and inside clocks, phones, televisions and smoke detectors.
- Seal any cracks or holes in flooring.
- Avoid purchasing used furniture if possible.
- If you spend time in crowded places (e.g. subways, movie theaters) or stay overnight at a friend or relative’s house, check your clothing, shoes, pocketbook, knapsack, travel bag, etc. for bed bugs upon return.