How To Prevent Bed Bugs

 How To Prevent Bed Bugs From Getting Into Your Home
(or Returning After an Extermination)                                     Download Printable PDF Report

Bed bugs can enter homes by getting into used furniture, luggage and clothing. They also can travel along pipes and electric wiring. Bed Bug infestations are up 50 times (since 2000)* and we’ve been unable to stop the onslaught.

Knowing your enemy is the first line of defense in preventing them from invading your home. Due to the epidemic’s severity, in 2011 Washington started a Commission to thwart the problem that is facing our country. Do not underestimate the chance they will invade your home.

The Social Stigma of Having Bad Bugs- by NBC


The Enemy’s Tactics

The infestation begins when bedbugs find their way into your clothing or your personal things like bags. While hotels are a major bug source, these parasites can come from many other places like homes, malls, hospitals, buses, offices…you get the idea! Freeloading bedbugs breed rapidly, making them a force to be reckoned with.
Bed bugs are masters of hiding and can be tough to find even for seasoned professionals. They can be in picture frames, wallboard, floors, closets, kitchen, furniture… almost anywhere. Unfortunately, bedbug bites are usually the first signs of infestation.

Knowing the Enemy

Bed Bugs are vampire-like parasites that feed on human blood. They are about a 1/4 inch long as adults and deep brown. After sucking your blood they turn reddish/black They feed mostly at night. The bites are multiple red dots (like mosquito bites) clustered in one area, like a leg, arm or back.

The bites will itch so avoid scratching and see a dermatologist for treatment. Scratching will case the bite cluster area to become infected, which you want to avoid.
One single bug can start your home’s infestation and can live up to one year without food. They feed on human blood about once every three days using their skin-piercing mouth parts. After feeding they process the blood and defecate it. This will show as small brown spots on the bed or other surface.

Defend Yourself and Home~ How to avoid bed bugs when traveling!

  • Hang clothing far away from the bed
  • Open luggage away from the bed, not on the bed or floor using the supplied rack if available.
  • Remove the bedding and examine the mattress. Small black stains are probably bed bug fetal matter. If you suspect bedbugs then leave the hotel or transfer to another room.
  • Before traveling check the Bed Bug Registry: to see reports on your hotel. They cover thousands of locations in the USA and Canada.
  • Upon return, inspect your clothing on a table (not a bed or sofa). If you find bedbugs, put all your clothing into a plastic bag and tape it closed until clothing can be washed in hot water.

How to prevent bed bugs At Home:

  • Clean your home regularly and look for the bugs.
  • Vacuum your curtains, furniture, carpets, and mattresses. Avoid buying secondhand furniture all together.
  • Seal cracks and crevices with caulk, even if you don’t have bed bugs. This will help prevent bed bugs and other pests from coming in.
  • Never bring bed frames, mattresses, box springs or upholstered furniture found on the street into your home.
  • Get bedbug protective mattress and box spring covers if you suspect or see them. This will prevent bedbugs from getting out and biting you.
  • Wash clothes in hot water and dry on high heat, especially after returning from a trip.

*Note: A survey of pest managers by the University of Sydney Department of Medical Entomology found that infestations have increased 50 times since 2000!

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How To Prevent A Bed Bugs Infestation – How To Check For Bed Bugs: Video
Bedbugs are the last thing anybody wants to bring home from a trip, but it happens more than we know. So how can you protect yourself from a bed bugs infestation? Howdini’s Kimberly Austin asks Entomologist Lou Sorkin and two pest control experts for practical advice on how to protect against bedbugs when traveling and how to help prevent a bed bug infestation.

 


7 Responses so far.

  1. brian says:

    Excellent info on how to get rid of bed bugs. thanks for posting this article.

  2. maillot foot pas cher says:

    great blog! the information you provide is quiet helpful, why i was not able to find it earlier. anyways i’ve subscribed to your feeds, keep the good work up….
    You know Patty, you can always sumbit your apartment to the hotel bedbug section of this site and find out if there are any other complaints. Also, once you mention the complex, it’s on record and the next person that moves in will have this to help them. Just a suggestion if you like.Jim

  3. nike sb says:

    I live in Las Vegas and was out watering a week or so ago. The hose brsehud

    underneath my lower belly a few times. Or so I thought it was the hose. I

    believe I was bitten three times by a brown recluse based on the descriptions

    above. The night of the bite it was terribly sore and I thought perhaps it was a

    pimple. It hurt so bad that night I could hardly sleep. Then it hurt when I turned

    my body in different directions, but not excruciating pain. Its as described

    above, very dark purple with a dark purple center that had a white head (in this

    case several heads) and was pink in the outlying areas. After about a week it

    started to burst and release pus. I have found Benadryl cream (which I bought

    when I was stung by a bee this summer) to provide great relief and has

    speeded the healing. But after reading the above, I’m afraid these bites never

    go away. I never had all the other symptoms like I was poisoned, but it sure is

    NOT attractive, and in an area where I would feel very uncomfortable going to

    the doctor to have lanced. Do these bites ever go away? Should I be

    concerned or just wait for it to heal?

  4. Big Orange Sunset says:

    I was sitting on the floor of one of the cleolge’s hallway when suddenly I felt this itch on my shoulder and another one next to my arm pit, I thought it was a mosquito but it couldn’t because I was wearing a sweater I ignore the itch until I came home and took my sweater off I noticed I had the area swollen and red, I’ve been bitten by mosquitoes in the past and none looked so swollen like that. The next day the two bites were more swollen and now they had like two holes, not the type that you could see my inside but two holes with a greenish with black spot in it. I’m scared of what this is, This happened exactly one week ago and today it got more swollen than it was a week ago, should I go to the doctor?? Please help!!!

    • owner says:

      Never hurts to see a doctor, but this doesn’t seem like bed bugs.

      • Evaline says:

        My idea getting a wallet you would imagine you have got lost This actually happened with a colleague connected with mine this morning in New york of just about all places. It was raining heavily so he / she caught any cab to search a breakfast every day meeting. At the conclusion of breakfast he gotten to for their wallet couldn’t still find it so he / she assumed he dropped it arising from the truck’s cab. He remaining the restaurant a couple of hours after he arrived and there seemed to be his budget sitting inside a puddle adjacent to the sidewalk and saw bed bugs.

    • Sable says:

      I just submitted my pcriutes to the we address , I am not sure weather to go to the doctors office , i believe i got bit (3 times) on my ankle outside in Massachusetts on Thursday first two days it was three pimple looking things with a small hole in the middle , very very itchy , 3rd and 4th day it hurt very bad and was very red and swollen , it is like all 3 bites formed one big 6 inch by 3 inch swollen RED very PAINFUL area. it almost felt broken , i could hardly walk on it , Well i couldn’t walk on it Today (5th day) pain it still there (just a tiny bit less then the past 2 days ) swollenness might have came down a tiny bit also , still very red with a slight yellow bruise like color around one of the bites . I have been putting neosporin on it , Any help or comments would be completely helpful and appreciated , and weather i should see a doctor or not ? thank you very much , if you would like to view the pcriutes just email me and i would be more then happy to send them , thank you very much. IN Pain/worried Luke LUKE22NB [at] gmail.com

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