Many people ask us if it is possible to prevent a bed bug infestation in their homes or offices.
Bed bugs have been around for centuries and can be found around the world. There are various species of bed bugs and the most common among them is amazingly adaptable to human living environments.
Bed bugs are present everywhere around the globe mainly because human travelers transport them in their luggage, bedding, clothing and even furniture. They often hide themselves in crevices and corners in the home. They can often be found in small cracks in the furniture or in bed sheets and upholstery.
Many people ask us if it is possible to prevent a bed bug infestation in their homes or offices. The answer is yes and no. While there are certain measures you can take to reduce the chances of a bed bug infestation, but it is difficult to make a house completely bed bug proof, because you can pick up bed bugs almost any place. They infest every possible place such as homes, offices, ships, stores, gyms, and any other place that you can think of. Bed bugs can hide in your personal belongings, your clothes, luggage, and invade your home, apartment or even office.
Remember, bed bugs can enter your house even if it is clean and the living conditions are hygienic. Even the cleanest of homes and the finest, luxury hotels are not immune to bed bugs. Once bed bugs infest your home, treatment becomes necessary. Again, while it isn’t quite possible to make your home or office completely bed bug proof, there are certain things you can do to reduce the chances of infestation and identify it in time before the problem is out of control.
Follow these tips while traveling
- Check surfaces for any signs of infestation. Look for any rust colored stains on mattresses, bed sheets, or seams.
- Look underneath the surfaces and examine the hiding spots such as underneath the bed frame, mattress, headboard and other furniture.
- Keep your luggage away from the walls and bed as bed bugs tend to hide behind picture frames and headboards.
- When repacking for your return home, examine all your luggage carefully. It may be a good idea to prevent putting your luggage on the bed.
- After you return home from travel, put all your clothes in the dryer
When at home
- Inspect your home whenever you move into a new house, come back after a trip, or after some guests stay overnight.
- Make sure your home is free from clutter as it makes spotting bed bugs easier
- Wash your bed linen regularly at highest possible temperature settings. Dry it properly before storing or using it.
- If you plan on buying any second hand furniture for your home, you should inspect it properly before bringing it home
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