BBB has valuable tips on how you can prevent a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs are most commonly found in dwellings with a high rate of occupant turnover, such as hotels, forms, apartment complexes, movie theaters and the like. Bed bugs can also infest airplanes, ships, trains and buses.
They are notorious hitchhikers, latching on to clothes, furniture or luggage. So, it’s important to inspect your clothing, luggage and shopping purchases for bed bugs to prevent you keep from carrying them into your home. Check your child’s belongings when they return from school. Don’t put clothes, bags or shoes on your bed until you’ve had a chance to look them over. In your daily outings, if you think you see evidence of bed bugs, tell the proprietor and leave. Immediately wash and dry your clothing on hot settings or store it in a plastic bag until you can.
A quick word about dumpster diving – Don’t! Never bring used furniture found on the street into your home. Check any piece of furniture you bring into your home thoroughly for signs of bed bug activity, such as black spots, rust colored stains or white eggs.
When traveling, use luggage racks to hold your luggage when packing or unpacking rather than setting your luggage on the bed or floor. Check the mattress and headboard before sleeping. Upon returning home, unpack directly into a washing machine and inspect your luggage carefully, especially in the seams.
If you live in an apartment building, bed bugs can travel along connecting pipes and wiring. Seal cracks and crevices with caulk. This will prevent bugs and other pests from entering from the walls.
Getting rid of clutter in your home can reduce hiding places for bed bugs. As will using a protective cover that encases mattresses and box. The light color of the encasement makes bed bugs easier to see. Just be sure to use an encasement that will resist tearing and check regularly for holes.
However, even the cleanest of homes are still susceptible to bed bugs. Check your home regularly because the longer an infestation is allowed to exist, the more difficult and expensive it will be to control.
Stay tuned for future posts about bed bugs and what the experts have to say about ridding these tiny pests.