How to Prevent Bed Bugs
Follow these DIY Bed bug Prevention Steps
Learn to Identify a Bed bug
Familiarize yourself with what a bed bug looks like and what an infested area looks like. Being able to correctly identify a bed bug will help you through the Bed bug control process.
While you can not always prevent or avoid bed bugs from being transferred into your home or apartment, early detection can stop one or two bed bugs from turning into a full blown infestation.
Check Mattresses Regularly
Inspect beds every week when you change the linens, looking for signs of Bed bugs. Be sure to look around the folds and seams of the mattress and around the frame for live bugs, feces and cast skins. Look at the sheets themselves for any blood spots. We recommend putting bed bug mattress covers and bed bug box spring encasements on each bed to eliminate hiding spots and to make Bed bug inspections easier.
We recommend the Climb Up Interceptors to help monitor each room for bed bugs . Each leg of the bed should be placed inside of the Climb up and the Climb up should be checked weekly for activity. Bed bug pheromone traps can also be used in room s suspected of having a bed bug infestation.
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Inspect Sleeping Quarters When Staying at Hotels or With Friends or Family
Be on the lookout when staying in hotels or with family or friends to avoid transferring bed bugs back to your home. Do a quick inspection of the mattress, headboard and dresser before putting your personal belongings in the room.
We recommend bringing along some bed bug travel spray just in case you encounter an infested room. While travel sprays are not intended for treating entire rooms and infestations, they are great for yourself while traveling and preventing you from accidentally bringing bed bugs back home with you.
Inspect After Visitors Leave Your Home
Always check for bed bugs after you have had overnight company. Friends and family members may not be aware that they have left behind these unwanted guests. Inspect any areas where your guests have spent time resting, sleeping and areas where they stored their belongings.
Avoid Used or Discarded Furniture
Do not pick up furniture from the street. Be cautious when purchasing used couches and other furniture from individuals or from second hand stores. Always inspect furniture before bringing it into your home. We highly recommend spraying down used furniture very thoroughly with a product such as Sterifab before bringing them indoors.
Not only does Sterifab kill bed bugs and bed bug eggs on contact, but Sterifab also acts as a bactericide, fungicide, sanitizer, virucide, mildewcide, germicide, deodorant, bacteriostatic, and fungistatic.
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We recommend using bed bug traps & monitors to help you detect infestations early. If you notice bed bugs at any point you need to start treating immediately. A very small infestation can grow very quickly. If you detect an infestation, see our treatment page to learn how to get rid of Bed bugs.