Bed Bug Prevention Tips

 

  •  Regular bed bug inspections are the best line of defense to help you avoid a bed bug infestation.

 

  • Regularly inspect areas where pets sleep for signs of bed bugs such as pepper-like stains, molted bed bug skins and white, sticky eggs.

 

  • Never bring second-hand furniture, especially mattresses and box springs, into a home or college dorm without thoroughly examining it for signs of a bed bug infestation.

 

  • At hotels, thoroughly inspect the entire room before unpacking. Check behind the headboard and in furniture. Pull back the bed sheets and check the mattress seams for pepper-like stains that may be evidence of bed bug activity.

 

  • If you suspect an infestation or problem, notify management and change rooms immediately. Be sure the new room is not adjacent to or directly below or above the possibly infested room.

 

  • Keep suitcases in plastic trash bags or protective covers during a hotel stay to prevent bed bugs from nesting there. Do not put them on the beds.

 

  • Upon returning home from a trip, inspect all suitcases and other belongings before bringing them into the house.

 

  • Wash all clothes – even those that have not been worn – in hot water and dry them using an extra-hot dryer setting.

 

 

 

 

 

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