“Following these steps will aid you in preventing bed bugs so that you never have to deal with the little scoundrels again.”

Preventing Bed Bugs in Your Home

Preventing bed bugs is easy if you follow a few simple rules. Some of these bed bug prevention measures may be difficult to follow, however they will greatly reduce your risk for bringing bed bugs into your home. Our bed bug knowledge and experience has led to the creation of these rules. It is far more difficult to get rid of a bed bug infestation than it is to prevent it.

  • Do not bring used furniture into the home.

    People who have bed bugs in their home often leave their infested furniture outside in hopes it will cure their infestation.

  • Do not bring anything used into the home.

    (e.g. garage sale items, second hand) Sometimes bed bug infested items are sold or donated. Prevent Bed Bugs, Buy New.

  • If you know someone has bed bugs,

    do not go to their home and don’t let them come to yours. Do not sit on their furniture. Do not bring items from their home to yours.

  • Do not set your purse or bag down

    in public, at work, or in someone’s home. Hang it from something metal if you can or leave it in your car. Bed Bugs Love Purses and Backpacks.

  • If you have a party or gathering,

    prevent bed bugs by asking guests to keep items to in their vehicles or outside. (e.g. purses, jackets, canvas/cloth bags)

  • Do not bring library books inside.

    If you must have books from the library, read them outside or in public.

  • If you hire a maid service,

    have them use your vacuum. Don’t let them use their vacuum in your home. There is no way to prevent bed bugs from getting into all parts of the vacuum cleaner.

Preventing Bed Bugs When You Travel

When staying in a hotel or anywhere away from home, be aware that you could take bed bugs home with you. Prevent a bed bug infestation by following these instructions and keep your vacation memories happy.

Inspect The Room for Signs of Bed Bugs:
Check for small black (peppered) stains on bedding, bed frames, and mattresses. Pay special attention to cracks and seams. Lift the mattress and box spring and look on underside seams. Learn more about inspecting for bed bugs here.

Inspect the luggage rack (if provided) and use this to keep all luggage elevated off of the floor. Never put your suitcase on the bed or floor.

When you get home follow these steps:

    1. Initially put your luggage outside, including purses, diaper bags, and portable cribs.
    1. Empty the contents such as clothes into plastic bags.
    1. Wash and dry all clothes and linens on the highest heat possible.
    1. Place empty suitcase into large black plastic bag.
    1. Place the bagged suitcase in the sun to cook for several days.
    1. Flip the bagged suitcase twice a day to ensure thorough heating.
    1. Keep suitcase sealed in bag until next use.

Tips: How to sanitize linens to prevent a bed bug infestation.

Sanitizing linens is the most important step to preventing bed bugs from entering your home.

Seal linens in trash bags prior to entering the home or washing facility, preventing bed bugs from escaping into the structure.

Place the bag inside the washing machine and untie the top. Reach around the outside of the bag and grab near the bottom.

Pull upward on the bag from the bottom and let the clothes slide out of the bag. When the bag is empty, immediately grab the open end and seal the empty bag.

Bed bugs may be hiding in that empty bag. Immediately remove the empty sealed bag from the structure and dispose of it to prevent them from escaping.

For more information and bed bug prevention tips, check out this link to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. 

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