Bed bugs are one of the hardest pests to effectively treat. Removing them from your home can often take multiple treatments and sometimes involves getting a professional involved, which can run in excess of $1,500.00! Given all of this, the best way to deal with bed bugs is to use proven bed bug prevention methods to keep them from entering your home in the first place.
Fortunately there are a number of bed bug prevention products and strategies you can use to minimize your risk of a infestation. As the spread of bed bugs once again begins to rise in the US, people are becoming more aware, and taking extra precautions. In particular, these extra precautions are being taken as people travel and visit other people’s homes.
I recognize this will seem a little obvious, but frankly avoiding bed bugs is the single most important and effective bed bug prevention strategy. Avoiding bed bugs includes:
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you need to place yourself in a plastic bubble, just be smart. Educate yourself on bed bugs and watch for signs. If you see them, leave. If you can’t fully avoid bed bugs, keep reading. I’ll share some extra steps you can take to minimize your risk of infestation.
Preventing bed bugs at home starts with taking a few extra precautions. The single most important step you can take to preventing an infestation is to purchase and install mattress covers, box spring covers, and pillow covers. If you have an infant, don’t forget crib covers too, bed bugs do not discriminate and will attack your children as well.
These bed covers prevent bed bugs from entering your bed, living on your bed, and escaping if they are already in your bed. Using these covers are a much better alternative than using chemicals or pesticides on your mattress or box spring. If bed bugs cannot feed, they will die.
Some additional steps you can take for bed bug prevention include:
Bed bugs arrive in your home from another location. Generally a hotel or someone else’s home. As a result, protecting your clothing and luggage from infestation while traveling is very important. There are a number of travel products available from various online merchants including: bed bug sealed luggage liners, bed bug proof laundry bags, and travel pillow encasements.
Another great product is dissolvable laundry bags designed for front or top load washers. These dissolvable bags allow you to carry your laundry home in a sealed bag and place the clothing immediately into the wash, minimizing exposure of your home to bed bugs.
Additionally, when staying in hotels, perform a thorough inspection of the hotel room, in particular the mattress, box springs, and head board. We recommend these inexpensive and highly effective bed bug travel kits. If you see bed bugs or signs of bed bugs, leave the room immediately and request another room.
A little extra precaution when traveling goes a long way towards bed bug prevention. Believe me, the price of these preventative products is far less than the average cost of $1500.00 for removal by a professional.
Here’s a great video that shows you how to perform a inspection for bed bugs on your hotel room. A key tip from professionals: Inspect the head board first.