How To Prevent Bed Bugs Biting You

How to Prevent Bed Bug Bites

How to prevent bed bug bites. that’s front and center in the mind of anyone dealing with the irritating little critters. Here are three strategies that work – and a few important warnings. While you may not be able to get rid of bed bug bites all together, there are certainly things you can do to reduce how often these buggers make a meal of you.

How to Prevent Bed Bug Bites by the Numbers

No calculator needed. The math is really simple.

Fewer Bed Bugs = Fewer Bites

Reducing your bed bug infestation is the most obvious way to prevent bed bug bites, even if it’s not the easiest. The more bed bugs you can get rid of (or contain), the more you will prevent the bites. It’s simple math.

Use the IPM (Integrated pest management) techniques laid out in the bed bug control section of this site. Follow the plan laid out by your exterminator. Or if you are going the DIY route (not recommended unless you have no choice), create your best IPM action plan using our step-by-step tutorial. All of the suggestions below are only effective as part of a coordinated plan to eliminate the bed bug infestation in your home.

How to Prevent Bed Bug Bites by Protecting the Bed

Regardless of whether you are working with an exterminator or not,the single best thing you can do to prevent bed bug bites is to protect your bed.

Encase your mattress, pillows and box spring in a good quality mattress encasement that is designed for bed bugs.The encasements trap the bedbugs that are living there and prevents them from biting you.It also makes it easy to spot (and kill) the ones that show up from other hiding places. Obviously, that also helps you accomplish bed bug bite prevention tactic #1 above. Nice how that works, right?

Also, use bed bug detectors/traps like the climb-up interceptors to catch ‘em on the way up to the bed and on the way down. These won’t eliminate your bed bug infestation on their own, but they will help protect you from being bitten.

Prevent Bed Bug Bites by Covering Up and Getting Tucked in Tight

Bed bugs typically bite on exposed skin, so wear pajamas with long pants and long sleeves if at all possible.Even if its late July and the heat index is 100. Crank up the A/C if necessary! The middle of a full-fledged bed bug infestation isnotthe time to be sleeping in your skivvies, or worse yet, your birthday suit!

Sleep under the covers and tuck them in tight.(Maybe that’s where the old saying “sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite” came from?) Again, bed bugs have difficulty biting through fabric and are looking for exposed skin. So not giving them any skin to feast on is a solid strategy to prevent bed bug bites.

Note:This will really only work if you have properly protected the bed with mattress and box spring encasements.

Things That Will NOT Prevent Bed Bug Bites

Many people’s first instinct is to move to another room to avoid getting bitten.BAD IDEA.They will follow you and you will just spread the infestation to other parts of the house. Bed Bugs are attracted to the heat of our bodies and the carbon dioxide we exhale, so they can find you – and they will – no matter where you go to try to avoid them.

Some people also believe that leaving the light on at night will prevent them from coming out.Unfortunately, this is a myth. While they are nocturnal and prefer the cover of darkness, they are blood thirsty and they will go to extremes if necessary to get their next meal. So leaving the lights on won’t go a long way to prevent bed bug bites. See more bed bug control "DOs and DON’Ts" here.

A Few Words About Bed Bug Repellents

While it mayseemlike bed bug repellents are a logical way to prevent bed bug bites, in reality they do more harm than good.Repellents can be a bad idea for a number of reasons:

  1. Many repellents you spray on your skin are not intended to be applied to skin that will be covered or left on for long periods of time (Read the label!)
  2. You can’t wear bug repellent 24 hrs a day. They’ll just find you in the daytime in another part of the house (same logic as sleeping in another room applies here too)
  3. Repellents that you spray on the bed may not be safe for you to sleep on (again, always read the label first)

Some people have recommended using a number of essential oils as a natural bed bug repellents. They may be a safer option and may work at preventing bed bug bites in the short-term. But again, that’s not really going to solve your problem.

Notwithstanding the health and safety concerns, repellents are just going to drive bed bugs further into their hiding places – and they can live there for up to 18 months without a blood meal – so in reality, you are not really preventing bed bug bites. You are just prolonging your agony.

There’s also one reason why it would be a good idea to just go ahead and "let the bed bugs bite". Ormore accurately(if you’ve protected the bed correctly), let themtryto bite.

You Need to Bait Them to Get Rid of Them

What? Let the bedbugs try to bite me?!That’s right, and here’s the reason why.

If you want to get rid bed bugs, you’re going to have to draw them out and so they can meet their death on their way to you. Unfortunately, that meansyouare the bait. If you’re using residual spray insecticides or bed bug dust (DE) they have to come in contact with it for it to kill them.

The bottom line is this. in most cases you are going to have to endure at leastsomebites for at leasta little whileto effectively get rid of the bed bugs. The trick is to make it as few bites as possible, for little time as possible.

There’s no doubt about it – bed bug bites are a pain! So to ease your mind (and soothe your itch), here are some treatment tips for making your bed bug bites a little more bearable.

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What are bedbugs and how to stop them biting you

Follow our 13 tips to find them and stop them following you back home in your luggage

  • 13:29, 5 APR 2018
  • Updated 19:04, 5 APR 2018

Summer is traditionally the time of year when bedbugs are worst. And if you’re sleeping away from home, beware. Bedbugs are on the rise, and hotels and motels are some of their favorite hangouts.

They can cause severe itching and welt-like bites, and it’s even worse if you accidentally bring them home with you.

A couple claimed that they were bitten ‘raw’ on their honeymoon at a Torquay hotel this week.

What do bedbug bites look like

Bedbug bites are painless, but some people experience a reaction to them. This can occur from a few minutes after being bitten up to a week or two later.

Do bed bugs carry diseases?

Unlike mosquitoes and ticks do NOT carry disease. But they do carry germs from one person to another —including the antibiotic-resistant germ, MRSA.#

What does a bed bug look like?

The insects are about the size and shape of an apple seed, and you may find them hiding in corners or seams of the bedding. If you see any suspicious signs, alert the hotel staff immediately.

How to carry out a bed bug inspection

As their name suggests – bed bugs are most likely to be in the bed. Pull back the linens, and check all the way around and under the mattress and behind the headboard.

Look for blood stains or small black dots that look like ground pepper, says Christine Johnson, PhD, a behavioral ecologist in the American Museum of Natural History’s Division of Invertebrate Zoology, in New York City, according to .

What to do if you find bedbugs at home

Bedbugs are very difficult to get rid of. Your best chance of successfully treating an infestation is to get professional help, according to NHS Choices .

Contact your local council or a pest control firm that’s a member of the British Pest Control Association or National Pest Technicians Association . A technician will carry out an inspection to confirm an infestation. They can then use special treatments such as insecticide, a steamer or rapid freeze system to get rid of the bugs.

They may also advise about things you can do to help, such as:

  • wash infested clothes or bed linen at 60C, or put them in a dryer on a hot setting for 30 minutes
  • use a vacuum cleaner with a hose to suck up any bugs you can see – dispose of the contents of the vacuum cleaner in a sealed bag
  • consider throwing away any mattress or furniture that’s heavily infested
  • use plastic mattress covers that encase the entire mattress – this will stop any bedbugs getting in or out

In a hotel – head straight for the loo

Start any hotel visit with a thorough bed bug inspection, and stash your luggage safely in the bathroom until you’ve given it the all-clear.

"Bedbugs are least likely to be found in the bathroom," says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the National Pest Management Association. "They don’t like the tile floors and there aren’t as many hiding places. They like to be closer to where people may be sleeping."

Where else do they hide?

Most bedbugs are found within 15ft of a bed. Look at the area immediately surrounding the bed: behind picture frames, under the telephone and alarm clock, and even in books beside the bed. Next check further away in the cushions and seams of couches or soft chairs, and in the closet before putting your clothes away.

Don’t bring home an unwanted holiday souvenir

Leaving suitcases and bags on the floor — or on a second spare bed — may be one way to bring them home with you.

For the duration of your trip, keep your bags on the desktop, on top of the dresser, or on a luggage rack in the room. (Don’t leave clothing lying out, either!)

Wrap suitcases in plastic

For extra protection, keep your suitcase encased in plastic during your trip, says Henriksen. Storage and luggage retailers also sell zip-up bags specifically for this purpose. Some people even travel with their luggage in bin bags for this purpose.

Look out for white powder

Traces of white powder could be a pesticide used to treat a previous problem. Insecticides are not good for anyone, especially young children, and you might want to ask for another room.

Ask for a new room at least two floors away

When it comes to a bedbug scare, hotel staff should be more than willing to oblige if you ask to move. Request a room at least two floors away because bugs may spread via the wallboards or electrical sockets.

Good hotels have bed bug prevention plans

"The overwhelming majority of businesses in the hospitality industry are doing a great job in having an action plan in place to protect themselves and their guests," says Henriksen. Many hotels conduct proactive inspections and work with pest management companies to quickly remedy any problems.

If you’re going to North America – check the Bedbug Registry

In America it’s easy to find out if bed bugs have been reported: The Bed Bug Registry is a free online database of user-submitted reports across North America.

In this country you can check travel sites like TripAdvisor for general clues in their customer reviews – although sometimes these can be posted by disgruntled former staff or competing hotels.

Keeping Those Bed Bugs From Biting

Throughout my early childhood I was tucked into bed with a gentle admonition: “Good night, sleep tight. Don’t let the bed bugs bite.” Not that my parents or I had ever seen a bed bug or known anyone bitten by one.

But these days this old saying has resonance for many more people than in years past, including those who sleep in expensive homes and four-star hotels. Last month, a family living in a $3 million private house in Brooklyn discarded rooms’ worth of furniture, the cushions carefully slashed and notes attached saying the pieces had bed bugs and were not safe to take.

Had this been the case 40-odd years ago when I became a New York homeowner, I might have had a hard time furnishing my rooms; most were decorated with foundlings, including cushioned chairs. In those days, street scavengers like me had little reason to worry about bed bugs.

But the bed bug problem has become so widespread in 21st- century America that The Journal of the American Medical Association published a clinical review in April, “Bed Bugs and Clinical Consequences of Their Bites,” by Jerome Goddard, a medical entomologist at Mississippi State University, and Dr. Richard deShazo, an allergist at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

A Growing Problem

Although this blood-sucking parasite has been around for thousands of years, it was mainly associated with impoverished dwellings and fleabag hotels. Now, as the authors pointed out, “international travel, immigration, changes in pest control practices, and insecticide resistance” have ganged up to create “a resurgence in developed countries,” including the United States.

“Bed bug infestations have been reported increasingly in homes, apartments, hotel rooms, hospitals and dormitories in the United States since 1980,” they wrote. Reported infestations in San Francisco doubled from 2004 to 2006; telephone complaints in Toronto rose 100 percent in six months during 2002; and the number of bed bug samples sent to authorities in Australia was 400 percent higher from 2001 to 2004, compared with the previous three years.

The critters can move easily from apartment to apartment through cracks in walls and floors. In the last fiscal year in New York City, a densely populated international destination with many people living in multifamily dwellings, bed bug complaints to the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development rose to 8,840, nearly 2,000 more than in the previous fiscal year. And chances are, most residents of infested households, especially those in single-family dwellings, co-ops and condominiums, never complained to this agency.

There is some good news about bed bugs. The journal authors reported that although the insects have been blamed for transmitting more than 40 human diseases, “there is little evidence that such transmission has ever occurred.”

The bad news is that even if bed bugs don’t spread hepatitis or AIDS, they can engender feelings of shame and disgust, and they are difficult and often costly to eliminate.

Adult bed bugs are easy to see, but only if you look at the right time — during the night on or near a human target. They do most of their feeding around 4 a.m.

The insects resemble ticks. Before a blood meal they are about three-eighths of an inch long, reddish brown, with a long nose tucked under a pyramid-shaped head and chest. After feeding, they may grow to more than half an inch. But you are more likely to see their remains in the morning: tiny black specks of excrement or perhaps a blood stain on the sheet if the sleeper happened to land on a well-fed bug.

During the day, bed bugs remain in the dark, hidden in mattress cords, cracks and crevices of box springs or seams of upholstered furniture, in the backs of headboards or joints of wooden bed frames, under loosened wallpaper, or even behind picture frames over a bed — but almost always near where people spend the night.

Most people who are bitten by bed bugs do not react. Of the 30 percent or so who do, many mistake the small, pink, itchy bumps for mosquito bites, although people may become more suspicious and more sensitive with repeated bites.

People who are highly sensitive react with intense itching that prompts scratching and can lead to infections. One Brooklyn family did not know they were sharing quarters with bed bugs until a sensitive relative visited and woke in the morning with very itchy bites.

Still others may experience more extreme reactions, including asthma, generalized hives, and even a life-threatening allergy (anaphylaxis) that requires emergency treatment with epinephrine.

But most bed bug lesions can be treated with an anti-itch product like calamine lotion or a topical or oral corticosteroid and antihistamine. If bites become infected, a topical or oral antibiotic may be needed.

Prevention and Elimination

There is no effective repellent against bed bugs, so avoidance is the best protection. Resist the temptation to pick up discarded mattresses, sofas, cushioned chairs and similar furnishings that could harbor the bugs. If you can’t pass up clothes left out for the taking, carry them away in a plastic bag and then either wash them as soon as possible in very hot water, place them in a hot dryer or have them dry cleaned.

The journal authors advise that “items purchased at garage sales and resale shops, especially mattresses, box springs and bedding, be carefully inspected for bed bugs before they are brought into homes.”

It also helps to rid the house of clutter that can provide hiding places for the bugs. When traveling, check the bed for evidence of bugs before you get in. And when you return home, check your luggage for bugs that may have come along.

Home remedies — usually ineffective — are legion. One family tried standing the legs of their beds in dishes of mineral oil, which stained the floor but did not deter the bugs. The family ended up hiring a professional exterminator, which is often a more cost-effective strategy than do-it-yourself methods. After repeated treatments to the family’s apartment and the neighbors’, the exterminator now does routine maintenance.

Pesticide sprays are not recommended for use on bedding. More effective, though no bargain, is to encase the mattress and box spring in covers like those used against dust mite allergy. (They can be found for around $50 for a twin bed.)

Other remedies include high-suction vacuuming or heat or steam treatments of infested furniture, also best done by licensed professionals. If space and time are available, furniture suspected to harbor bed bugs can be placed in the sun for several days or out in the winter cold for about two weeks. The bugs can survive indoors for a long time without feeding, but when they are exposed to temperature extremes outside and have no food source, they die off or disappear.

How to Prevent Bed Bug Bites

Each of us needs a good night’s rest to function properly the next morning. Naturally, the last thing one wants is to wake up with bed bug bites. In this guide, we shall discuss a few ways to prevent bed bug bites at home or when traveling or sleeping in infested hotels. We will also discuss a few natural ways to prevent bed bug bites and stop further scarring.

How to prevent bed bug bites at home

The best way to prevent bed bug bites at home is to eliminate these pests completely. To do so, one can use a number of methods and techniques. There are many efficient ways of killing bed bugs ranging from DIY (do-it-yourself) treatments to professional ones.

  • The natural DIY techniques include application of diatomaceous earth powders, CO2 traps, borax, and steam or heat treatments. These can get rid of the larvae, eggs and adult bed bugs slowly yet effectively.
  • One can also make a natural bed bug trap using sticky tapes to catch and eliminate the bugs.
  • It is important to vacuum the entire home and wash all bedding material and clothing in hot water laundry to kill all the larvae, eggs and adult bed bugs. This is an important step to prevent bed bug bites.
  • When using chemical treatments like sprays and powders, care must be taken not to spray them on electrical outlets or other electronic goods etc.
  • It is necessary to avoid picking up furniture from the curbside or garage sales etc as this is one of the most common ways of bringing in these unwanted pests into the homes.

How to prevent bed bug bites when traveling or staying in hotels

The last thing you want is an uncomfortable night due to bed bug bites when staying in a hotel. Experts recommend several tips to prevent bed bug bites when spending a night or two away from home.

  • As soon as you check into the hotel, stash the luggage in the bathroom (as this is the only place where bed bugs will not hide in).
  • Next, you must check the bedding by pulling back the linen and inspecting all areas behind the headboard.
  • Look out for red/brown stains which are the fecal matter or discarded exoskeletons of the bed bugs.
  • It is also important to check furniture, art frames and cushion seams in the hotels order to prevent bed bug bites when staying away from home.

Naturally, if you do see these tell-tale signs, you must call the hotel management and ask for another room or, better yet, move to another hotel.

How to prevent bed bug bites naturally and prevent further scarring

  • There are many natural, essential oils that can help relieve itching and pain associated with bed bug bites.
  • To prevent bed bug bites in the first place, you can even use certain organic soaps and lotions that help repel these pests. Bathing with chamomile soap or applying calendula lotion to the body can help prevent bed bug bites. These products are also gentle enough for use on baby’s skin.
  • Witch hazel lotion and organic apple cider vinegar can also help prevent itching and pain on the affected region.
  • Lavender, rosemary, and eucalyptus oils can also be added to rubbing alcohol for spraying on headboards, mattresses and the legs of the bed to prevent bed bug bites.
  • If the bed bug bite marks are already present, ensure washing the skin with hot water to dry them out. Apply aloe vera gel or an anesthetic lotion immediately to prevent scarring.
  • Rubbing an ice cube on the skin can also numb the area to prevent pain and scarring.
  • If needed, take an antihistamine like Benadryl to prevent itching caused by the bed bug bites.

Bed bug infestation can be a pesky problem that can ruin a good night’s rest. The best way to prevent bed bug bites is to ensure taking care of the infestation by using one of the bed bug elimination methods described on this blog.

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How to Prevent Bed Bugs-Bites while Sleeping at Home, School, Hotel & Travelling

Bed bugs are one of the biggest hitch-hikers on the planet. They are associated with immense discomfort and can be really embarrassing when you have them in your house.

It is even more dismaying when you realize that the current infestation you have tried dealing with for long would have been prevented by some simple prevention tips.

Many people mention that if they knew earlier, they wouldn’t have had the infestation they have in their households, hotels, hostels and many more other places. Here are some of the prevention tips that you can use

General Ways to prevent bed bugs

Following are general methods to avoid bed bugs

  1. Treating any infestations; if you have some bed bugs, it is better to institute some treatment on them so that they do not spread and become extensive. There are a number of trusted methods that you can use though you would want to call a professional pest agency to deal with it for you.
  2. Applying bed bug repellentsthat would help in keeping bed bugs away from you while you sleep.
  3. Conducting routine inspections; this will help keep you updated on any tell-tales of bed bugs and you can therefore capture them as early as possible before they can become a nuisance. Such inspections include checking your bedding, furniture among other areas that are rarely known to have some bed bugs such as behind wallpapers and picture frames on your wall.
  4. Natural home remediessuch as application of repellents with methanol component have been shown to have excellent repellent properties. Such include oils like eucalyptus, lemon and lavendar. These can be applied on the skin or on the feet of the bed to repel bed bugs from climbing the leg of the bed.
  5. Clear any clutterthat you may think provides a good hiding spot for bed bugs. Clutter may include the old furniture or bedding that you have had for years and may be harboring bed bugs.

How to prevent Bed Bugs from Biting while Sleeping

Getting that slumber that you envision is an important aspect of wellness to any being. Failure to get enough quality sleep may be detrimental in determining the quality of your day’s work and how you relate with other people.

Sleep time

Insomnia could be brought about a myriad of reasons and having bed bugs in your bed is one of the most prevalent reasons. In fact, bed bugs cause terror through not only being able to bite that results in an itch, but also by inducing great fear in you when you are in bed.

Research conducted by think tanks in various university hostels have shown that the psychological torture brought about by bed bugs is far worse than getting a few bites while asleep.

Therefore, it dawns on you that there is need to institute some preventive means to bed bugs when slumbering. Here are some of them:

Inspect your bed:

In order to prevent being bitten by bed bugs, conducting an inspection is really important. Check;

The corners of the bed if you have not slept in the bed before just to ensure that there are no looming bed bugs. In fact, having this inspection should give you an oversight on whether there are bed bugs and if so, then to what extent.

The corners and edge linings of mattresses too and if there are holes into it, try pinching some bit and observing. Do this for your bed making it a routine if you have been sleeping on it.

And observe the bedding for any blood stains. While mosquitoes could also leave similarly looking blood stains, those of bed bugs are normally shaped oval a depiction of the shape of their bodies.

Use bed bug repellents

Repellents have chemical ingredients that keep bed bugs away from you. The limited options of repellents available have been shown to be very effective.

Fix interceptors on the feet of your bed

You can also have interceptors fitted on the bed particularly on the feet so that there is a hindrance of movement of bed bugs onto your bed.

Interceptors may be any chemical or a physical barrier that prevents the bed bugs from climbing the bed and may be some oil applied to the feet of the bed.

You can apply oils such as those of cinnamon, neem, lavendar, lemon or eucalyptus. Most of these have derivatives of menthol, p-menthane-3,8-diol (PMD) as the active compound which have shown some repellent activity. There are physical interceptors that wouldn’t allow access of bed bugs to the feet of the bed.

Treat your room and bedding

Invite some professional pest service to treat an infestation which includes your bedding. This may be done through various methods such as spraying, heating or freezing. This will help you get some sleep as well.

Position your bed away from the wall:

Bed bugs are also wall crawlers and this is one of the ways in which they are able to get to your bed. Try pushing your bed away from the wall to prevent this.

Dispose old and get new bedding:

It may be time to renew your bedding and furniture. Get a new bed and mattress after you have treated your house. In order to prevent a secondary infestation in case of failure, you can wrap or cover your mattress while in them monitoring phase (after-treatment).

Have the lights on while sleeping

This comes last owing to the uneconomical nature it portrays. It may work in preventing unveiling of bed bugs from the hideouts and also instilling some confidence while you sleep.

Covering & replacing your bedding such as mattresses.

There are different types of covers depending on whether they are impregnated or not. The impregnated covers of mattresses come in handy in providing double action as they prevent bed bugs from infesting the mattress while at the same time repelling them.

You can use this if you have just bought a new mattress following a treatment spree but just not yet sure if the bed bugs are totally gone.

Replacementsdone for mattresses perhaps every 2 to 3 years may be appropriate for the prevention of bed bug infestations. Note that old mattresses have bored holes in which bed bugs find it suitable to hide.

You can also replace your furniture especially that which is old as doing so as with mattresses may seem cumbersome.

Prevent bed bugs in an Apartment

An apartment confers various disadvantages when it comes to household infestations as the spread is rampant if not taken care of and the source may always not be known. Here’s what you can do:

  1. Do a first time check of any cracks and crevices on wallsand ceilings and have them filled and repaired before having your items move in.
  2. Line any under-door spacing with some clothing at nightas this may be a route through which bed bugs enter your house.
  3. At night, close the windows and ensure that the rubber lining tightly fits into its pane. This will prevent bed bugs from moving into your house at night. You can still have this done during the day though at this time, bed bugs are not as rampant.
  4. Limit the number of visits you make into other housesin the apartment as you may ferry some bugs into your house.
  5. Avoid kids running into your house and onto your seats and beds. You will want to be a bit more careful with them.

At Home

While at home, it is important that you know how to implement methods that prevent bed bugs. You will learn from the following tips:

  1. Do a regular inspection of your pets’ beddingif you have any for any signs that there are bed bugs.
  2. Identify any loosely fitted socket and switch platesas this are hiding spots of bed bugs. Ensure that they are well screwed onto the wall.
  3. Prepare an inspection tool box for thorough inspections. An ideal tool box may have screw drivers, a torch light or a UV light, some specimen bottles, a magnifying glass and some forceps. This box will help you in your routine inspection in identification of eggs, shells and bed bugs themselves.
  4. Regularly check your sheets and the coatingof your furniture for any blood stains that resemble the shape of a bed bug’s body.
  5. You can insert your clothing in some plastic paperbag so as to prevent access by bed bugs
  6. Ensure that you do some vacuumingonce in a while and especially after travel.
  7. Avoid purchase or inheritance of old furniture and beddingas these may have been harboring some bed bugs. It is better that you get new versions of these stuff to prevent having to mount responses to a prior preventable ordeal

In Hotels/Motels

Hotels and motels have been known to be central points of spread of infestations. Many people sleep in such places when in vacations or travelling. You therefore may not know who has been in the room you are booking. Therefore;

Step 1

When you get to the room do some checking. Start with the bed, taking keen note of the edges and corners of both the bed and the mattress. Move to the sheets and flip them over and if any crevices in the mattress, inspect carefully.

If any, stains will resemble the shape of a bed bug which is ovoid and therefore occurs as small red oval spots. You might be fortunate to see the skins of bed bugs which are yellow in color.

You might need a magnifying glass for this. If there is any wooden furniture adjacent to the bed, conduct some inspection on them too.

Step 2

Find that perfect spot for your luggage. This may be tricky; there are however options that you could explore. Some hotels and motels have a luggage rack on which you can place your bags.

Make sure that it is pulled away from the walls of the room just as your bed will be when you sleep. Check for hooks on which you can hang your bag. In case you do not find a rack in the room you are sleeping in, then you can place your luggage in the bathroom and bath tub.

Step 3

Inform the front desk if there are warning signsso that you can get another room or you can move into another hotel or motel altogether.


Select a good hotel or motel.Particularly one with a good reputation concerning bed bugs and always keep a list of fallback places once your number one fails.

Prevention Tips when Travelling

These tips may be similar to those mentioned under ‘In hotels/motels” though with a little focus on the travel means too. Therefore, when travelling:

  1. Travel precautions are necessaryto adhere to so that you do not carry bedbugs with you when you get home. You should be able to carry out an inspection on the luggage before you leave an infested room and take necessary precautions once you are home. Otherwise, you will find yourself carrying bed bugs into your house and in a month’s time hosting a whole colony of bed bugs.
  1. Get a good bus with known routine treatments. Just as you will do with the hotels and motels that you select. It might be preferable to have yourself book something other than the economy class in planes and some buses that have such partitions.
  2. You should also have your personal car sprayedand treated once in a while for you might not know whom or what you decide to carry some day that may have some bed bugs.
  3. You might also want to inspect the seat of your travel busfor a while as some do have bed bugs. Do it as you would have done with your bed with checking the corners, hinges and the edges of the seat.
  4. Wash your travel clothes immediately you are back.You should however do it separately, from other home laundry. Before then, you can leave the luggage and the clothing outside the house while you fathom on what to do with them. You can also dry them in a heater for 30 minutes to kill any bed bugs.
  5. Undress away from the carpets, bedding or furniture.This will enable you catch any bed bugs that may have fallen off your clothes while doing so.


Virtually all camps have a bed bug problem with an exception of a few. To be able to prevent bed bugs from terrorizing your stay in the camp:

  1. Train your child on how to do an inspectionof the bed, furniture around and what they should do about it including informing their camp counsellor when they notice anything strange. This should be done before they have unpacked so that they can do so when they acquire a go-ahead flag.
  2. Placing the bags in a plastic bagwill help them prevent carrying the bed bugs home. When they have arrived at home, they should drop their belonging into a trash bag to prevent entry of bed bugs.
  3. Vacuum or wash or dry with heat, the suitcases and backpacks before hosting them in their bed rooms. A follow-up measure on the belonging should be conducted a day later to capture any wandering bed bug that may have evaded.
  4. You will need to invite a professional pest control servicewhen there is an infestation from camp or when you have identified the camp with a bed bug problem. Good thing there will be a follow up inspection to monitor the effectiveness of the treatment.


You would wish to have a bed bug free office for all available reasons one pertinent being ensuring that your image isn’t tainted. Therefore, do the following:

  1. Make vacuuming a routine in your place of work. Make sure that the offices and the environing areas are well vacuumed such as the hallways, kitchens and store rooms.
  2. Routine inspection of the offices.You will want to check the furniture and the upholstery for any signs of a bed bug infestation. In an office, furniture carries the day and may be harbors for bed bugs. Inspections can be done either by professionals or by the employees themselves. The latter can be trained on how to do so and even prevent transmission from other places into the offices.
  3. Other hiding spots such as socket and switch plates should not be forgotten. So shouldn’t frames of picture on walls and behind wall papers.
  4. Partner with a professional pest control agencyto provide regular services to the office so that bed bugs can be prevented.
  5. If you have some old furniture, you might want to buy new ones. This follows the ‘cracky and creviced nature of old furniture. This, as seen in the previous sections of this material is a potential hide spot for bed bugs.


Colleges and schools are known to harbor bed bugs in plenty owing to the many people who reside in a space that is rather closeted.

College sleeping room

This allows the bugs to thrive and cause an infestation. Here are some tips that you could use in case you are moving into a hostel or are living in one already.

Step 1

Once you have arrived, ensure that you do a thorough inspection of the room before unpacking. If you are from an area with bed bugs such as camps, then it is important to have done an inspection of your bags and luggage before opening them.

You are likely to introduce bed bugs into your room if you didn’t have any before. To do this inspection, take keen note of the bedding, furniture adjacent the bedding and other subtle areas such as behind switch plates. Don’t forget the head board of the bed.

Step 2

If you are moving out of a school dormitory to your home, then make sure that the bags you have carried are well checked for any tell-tales of bed bugs. It is also important to leave the bags outside your house once you arrive and while undressing, do so on a clear floor away from bedding or furniture.


Wash anything that has potential for harboring bed bugs in hot water then dry them in the sun. Make sure that you iron your clothing prior to folding them into your closet.

Step 4

If you think that there is anything that you can carry from college or school, or home to college/school, it is imperative that you give it a thought first. If it is unnecessary to have them brought/taken from home, you’d rather discard them so that you do not ferry bed bugs. This is especially rampant with old furniture or some bedding that you have used either at home or college

Step 5

Ensure that you report any sights of bed bugs to the relevant authority in your dormitory so that treatment is instigated as early as possible to prevent spread or increased infestation.

While Shopping

Shopping areas such as stores or malls are also beginning to host bed bugs. This is because bed bugs are professional hitch-hikers and area therefore able to rely on shopper like you.

This way, you end up with some clothing that are already harboring bed bugs and making a purchase only makes them end up in your home. In order to prevent this occurrence then you can consider the following:

  1. Don’t assume that all clothing you buy from a store is new and devoid of any bed bugs. It won’t hurt having a check on the clothing. If you are shopping form a yard sale, then this could be a hot spot for transfer of bed bugs to your home. It is better to avoid making purchases without inspecting from a yard sale. In order to capture these tiny critters, then pay keen interest to the linings of clothing, the edges, inside seams so that you observe for any bed bugs or eggs. Fortunately, the latter are white in color and will be visible on a dark clothing. When you see this, inform the store keeper so that measures are instituted.
  2. When you are looking at your image on the mirror in a shopping store, you can check the back of the mirror. This will enable you determine the extent of the infestation if any in the store. If you are a store keeper, then these are areas that you can have a look or inspection then mount a relevant response towards.
  3. Some shopping stores have some clothing organized in a pile on the floor. This is dangerous as it becomes easy for bed bugs to crawl into the pile even if it seems elegant.
  4. When you buy some clothing from the store,then make sure that you preserve it in its plastic paper until you have washed it. Then you can have the confidence of having it in your closet.

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