Bedbug free so far? Learn to prevent bed bugs so you stay that way!
Find out how to avoid them, what to do if you are exposed, and how to safeguard your home right here.
Before anything else, you're going to need a little orientation and a little de-programming. So here are...
With these facts in mind, it's time to acquire some knowledge and some skills so you can avoid bed bugs most of the time - and prevent bed bugs from infesting your home if you do happen to come into contact with them.
Ready? Here we go...
Let's get this mindset thing out of the way right now. For your bed bug prevention efforts to be successful, you need to fully understand that very first fact above about them being equal-opportunity pests:
Bed bugs aren't everywhere, but they could potentially be anywhere.
They don't discriminate, so you have to get rid of your assumptions of where they might be. They could be in a 5 star resort hotel or a youth hostel dormitory. They could be in that piece of furniture you picked up off of craigslist or in that brand new high-end bedroom suite you just bought. You simply have to get that into your head. If you're thinking, “there couldn't be bedbugs in that” or "a place like that wouldn't have bed bugs" - think again.
That being said, there are many things you can do to avoid running into them and to keep them out of your home if your do get exposed to them. Of course, avoiding them in the first place is the very best bed bug prevention tactic. That takes a commitment to doing your homework and being aware of your surroundings. Start by learning the Bed Bug Prevention ABCs...
This includes taking precautions to prevent bed bug exposure when you travel, making smart choices about how to handle your belongings when you're in public, and being extra careful about the items you bring into your home.
The first skill you will need is the ability to identify bed bugs in all stages of their life cycle – that means eggs, nymphs (baby bed bugs) and adults. You'll also need to know how to detect the symptoms of a bed bug infestation and where to look for these signs.
Bed bugs are very good at hiding because they are so flat and can fit into surprising places like behind outlets and in all kinds of cracks and crevices. So you need to know where they like to hide and how to find them. The bed bug detection section will teach you all you need to know. Then you will be well equipped to check your hotel rooms, and monitor your own bedroom in case you have been exposed bed bugs and didn't realize it.
What if you are exposed to bedbugs? Don't Panic! It's not the end of the world if you take steps to de-bug your stuff before you bring it into the house or when you first get home. Better yet, hopefully you will have already safeguarded your bed so you can rest (relatively) easy even if you have been exposed.
By using mattress encasements (and pillow and box spring encasements) you can protect your bed and prevent bed bugs from infesting it - even if they do make it past the front door. If you do nothing else, this is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself.
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