Bed bugs are equal-opportunity invaders and cut across all social and economic boundaries. Because they can hitchhike on anyone or anything, they can be found anywhere, regardless of the best sanitation practices.
Check for bed bugs in the room before unpacking.
- Pull back sheets from the mattress and look along seams for tiny blood spots on the mattress/box springs.
- Inspect the headboard and behind it.
- Examine wood or upholstered furniture, especially along crevices and seams. Bed bugs prefer wood and fabric.
- Finally, don’t put your luggage on the bed. Use the luggage stand or leave your luggage in the bath tub.
Check for bed bugs that may have hitched a ride home.
- Unpack luggage immediately and put all laundry in 2 mil (heavy duty) plastic bags and tie shut so clothes can be placed directly in the washer without bugs escaping. Wash and dry on the highest heat setting the fabric can withstand.
- Undress on a hard surface floor rather than carpet. Bed bugs do not travel on people like lice do. Wipe the floor to capture any bed bugs that may fall from clothes.
- Vacuum luggage and items that cannot be washed.
Take care when bringing used furniture and clothing into your house.
- Furniture should be inspected carefully before bringing it into your home. Avoid bringing home used mattresses.
- Dry all clothing and soft furnishings, such as curtains, in a hot dryer for 30 minutes before using.
Early detection is important to make control and elimination easier. Report and address problems early—before a population explosion. Bed bugs are more easily controlled in the beginning. Bed bugs are elusive, so it’s imperative to seek professional pest control to address an infestation.
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