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Having a bed bug infestation in your home can be stressful and embarrassing. There is a stigma of dirtiness associated with bed bugs, though it may not be deserved. The pests are highly adaptable, able to easily hide in the smallest of places and capable of moving unnoticed from an infestation spot to an area that is not infested. Once in a home, they can be difficult to remove. It is far easier to take the proper steps to avoid an infestation in the first place than to try to eliminate one.
Keeping bed bugs out of your home
Once thought to be nearly extinct, bed bugs have been making a real comeback in the last couple of years. This has largely been due to the fact people have not had to deal with them, as well as the ease with which people can travel vast distances. The bugs often hitchhike in the luggage of travelers and return home with them. Here are some tips to help keep them out of your home.
*When traveling, take the proper precautions. Before you book, research the hotel for any previous complaints. Try to avoid having luggage mingle with the bags of others during transportation. If it can’t be avoided, wrap the suitcases in plastic to prevent the bugs from being able to move from one piece of luggage to another. Upon arrival at the hotel room, thoroughly inspect the quarters before unpacking the luggage. Make sure the bags remain off the floor during the inspection. When leaving, check the bags again. Upon returning home, launder all clothing that was taken on the trip at the highest temperature possible to kill any bugs that may be lurking. Store luggage as far from bedrooms as is possible. Ideally, they should be kept in a garage.
*At home, remove as much clutter around the house as possible as the pests will use the piles as hiding places. Create a regular schedule to vacuum all the carpets around the house regularly to remove any bugs or their eggs before they get a chance to multiply, and remember to empty the vacuum after each use.
*Take a walk around the outside of the home and seal any openings with caulk. Do the same for the inside, looking especially for cracks along the bottoms of the walls.
*If used furniture or clothing is purchased, check it over before bringing it in the house. Bed bugs are very flat and can hide in the smallest seams or folds of clothing or upholstery. It might also be a good idea to run a steamer over the items as a way to kill any bugs that might have been missed.
Bed bugs are highly proficient at moving from one place to another. Though they have been associated with places that are not clean, they can find their way into just about any residence. Keeping them out of a home is the best way to avoid having to deal with an infestation. Doing so means taking certain precautions when traveling and proper maintenance at home, but by taking a few simple precautions you should be able to avoid an infestation.
Karen Barnes writes for a website where you can read more about bed bugs and learn how to spot signs of an infestation.