Bed Bug Protection
Bed bugs are great hitchhikers. Bed bugs travel from place to place in boxes, luggage, clothes, furniture, bedding, and even our clothes. Implementing these few simple steps, may help minimize your risk of a bed bug infestation in your home.
How to Protect Your Home
- Inspect any secondhand furniture brought into the home. Check all furniture, beds, and couches for signs of bed bug infestations.
- Use protective covers on mattresses and box springs. Protective covers eliminate many hiding spots and may protect bed bugs from getting in or out of the encased mattress or box spring.
- Reduce clutter in your home to eliminate hiding places for bed bugs.
- Vacuum frequently.
- Be observant in public laundry facilities. Transport personal belongings in plastic bags and use new bags for the trip home.
- Dry personal belongings in high heat and transfer personal belongings directly into plastic bags. Fold personal belongings at home.
- If you live in multi-family housing you should seal cracks and crevices around baseboards and wall sockets.
How to Protect Yourself at School or Work
- Reduce clutter at school or work. Bed bugs LOVE clutter!
- Store your belongings separately from others around you. Consider using a bag if there is a known bed bug problem at school or work.
- Be vigilant in areas where bed bugs are most likely to be found, which include break rooms, storage areas (coat closets or cubbies), offices or lounges with upholstered furniture, or areas where people may rest.
How to Protect Yourself on Vacation
- Be vigilant at all times.
- Inspect the room. A quick inspection of the room for signs of bedbugs (blood spotting, bedbug casings and live or dead bedbugs can be signs of a bedbug infestation).
- Do not unpack into hotel dressers, closets or cabinets.
- Avoid placing luggage on beds, couches or other areas where people may rest (bathrooms or tiled areas in a hotel room are a better choice for luggage placement).
- Wash all personal belongings in hot water and dry in high heat as soon as you return from your trip.
- Inspect and/or quarantine your luggage in a tightly sealed plastic bag for a few days (inspect bag and its contents as soon as you re-open).