How to Prevent Bringing Bed Bugs into Your Home
To prevent bringing bed bugs into your home, be extra cautious when traveling and buying used furniture.
To avoid bringing bed bugs inside:
- When traveling, staying in a hotel, or moving, look for signs of bed bugs.
- Before you buy used furniture, check all items for live bed bugs.
- When you return home from traveling, check that your suitcase does not have bed bugs.
Preventing Bed Bugs After Travel
Bed bug infestations are known to start when people unconsciously bring them into their homes after a trip. This is why it’s so important to take caution when traveling to avoid bed bugs:
- Before settling into your hotel room, thoroughly look for bed bugs by inspecting furniture, mattresses, etc.
- Upon returning home, check the lining and inside of your suitcase before bringing it indoors and unpacking.
- Wash all of the contents of your suitcase (clean clothes included) in a hot cycle on the washing machine.
- Vacuum or even steam-clean your suitcase before stowing away.
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How to Keep Bed Bugs Out
Unlike most pests, bed bugs are not capable of living outdoors and aren’t going to come crawling inside on their own. Infestations start when bed bugs attach onto backpacks, suitcases, and more from one infested area to another. Keeping bed bugs out, then, entails staying vigilant about always looking for the signs of bed bugs. Whether your child is returning home from college or camp, or you are scheduling an upcoming vacation, it’s important to stay aware of all the ways you can prevent bed bugs.
Long-Term Bed Bug Prevention Tips
Bed bugs can be unpredictable, making it hard to say whether there’s a way to always prevent them. When staying in hotels, store your luggage up off the floor and thoroughly check the beds for signs. Even the nicest hotels can get them! When you return home, take extra steps to ensure your suitcase is bed bug-free before storing it away. Your best defense against bed bugs is the knowledge of what to look for and how to keep them out of your home.