Everyone wants to avoid bed bugs – so here are some tips to help decrease the chances of bringing them to your home.

Knowledge

Avoid Bed Bugs

Just the fact that you are reading this article and understand that bed bugs can be a huge problem is a step in the right direction to help you avoid bed bugs.  It is also good to familiarize yourself with what bed bugs look like and the signs of an infestation so you can avoid bed bugs altogether. (Click HERE to read about bed bug identification and detection). 

Bed bugs are small, brownish-red bugs about a ¼ inch in size, while younger bugs and eggs are even smaller.  They typically live within 6 feet of your bed or other areas, such as a couch, if you spend extended amounts of time in that area.  They are attracted to the carbon dioxide released by human bodies.  Bed bugs feed every 2-3 days.  While the majority of people will have a skin reaction to the bites, a third of people do not have a physical reaction, so you could be getting bit but not even know it. 

Declutter

While clutter does not increase the odds of you getting bed bugs, it could prolong the infestation as there are many more places for the bugs to hide.  It can also make treatment more difficult for the same reason. Avoid piling clothes and books near your bed, as these make perfect hiding places for bed bugs. READ MORE

Be a Smart Traveler

Once you know what bed bugs look like and the evidence they leave behind, it is a good idea to inspect any place you sleep outside of your home, such as a hotel or motel in order to avoid bed bug spread.  It may be challenging to find evidence on sheets as those are frequently changed in the hospitality industry, so you will want to check the mattress, box spring, bed frame, headboards, and nightstands as well.

Also, to avoid bed bugs, refrain from putting your luggage or clothing on the bed.  Instead, use the luggage rack as far away from the bed as possible or place your luggage in the bathroom or bathtub.

Additionally, you may want to inspect your luggage before you bring it back into your home and some suggest that you launder all clothes whether or not they were worn on your vacation.

Be Careful With Secondhand Stuff

When purchasing items from a secondhand store or seeing great “deals” on the side of the road, you need to be vigilant with inspecting items before you bring them into your home.  A friend of ours recently found a perfectly good piece of luggage that had been discarded by its previous owner.  Upon closer inspection, to his dismay, he found several bed bugs crawling in the suitcase! Any clothes purchased at a secondhand store should be washed and dried thoroughly before you wear them.  You want to avoid bed bugs when it is in your power to do so!

Avoid bed bugs by being careful with secondhand items.

If You Find Bed Bugs

If you find bed bugs in your home, we believe that heat treatments are one of the best ways to eliminate bed bugs from your home.  You should not just avoid them! Give us a call to learn about our DIY bed bug heater rentals or our full-service options (in New England only).   We offer a FREE phone consultation to determine the course of action that is best for your situation. With a heat treatment, you can be bed bug-free in 24 hours. We are here to help!