How to Avoid Getting Bedbugs

February 14, 2013

Healthy Life

Avoid Getting Bedbugs

Avoid Getting Bedbugs

It was once thought that bed bugs were linked to places that were filthy and had poor hygiene. This has proven to be a false assumption as they can now be found in stores, theatres and company buildings. Their rapid increase across the United States and areas that Americans travel regularly such as Europe and Australia is cause for concern. The more we travel the more likely it is that these critters will attach themselves and use us as a carrier to their next destination. These bugs have the ability to thrive in temperatures below 120?F (48?C), and that means their next stop could be your home. No one wants to take home these unwelcomed guests and there are things you can do to ensure you do not become a bed bug victim in your own home.

The Best Bed Bug Tool – Education

Education is your best line of defense against bed bug infestation. Once you know what to expect and what to look for when you travel you can avoid taking the bugs home with you.

If You Plan to Travel

Check Bed for Signs of Their Feces – As a precaution, when you travel anywhere and will be sleeping in a strange bed, check it for bed bug feces. This will appear as small, dots on the sheet or mattress and are black or dark brown in color. If you find bed bug feces on the bed ask for a change of rooms. Let them give you one that is far away from the infested room.

Google Your Hotel and Hotel Room before You Go – Travelers are always sharing stories about their experiences at various destinations. A Google search of your hotel may turn up some pretty revealing information. A visit to will also supply you with information on any complaints that were lodged against the hotel.

Use Bug Deterrent Spray Prior to Your Trip – Spray your luggage with the deterrent spray before you head off on your adventure. Try to go for a heavy duty spray that will get the job done effectively.

If You Suspect You Have Been Exposed – As soon as you get home inspect your luggage thoroughly and wash all your clothing (clean and dirty) in hot water. Clean out everything that you traveled with and vacuum your suitcase. It is best to leave your suitcase on hard surfaces when you travel rather than on soft areas such as carpets and upholstered furniture.

In the Home

Second Hand Furniture – If you plan on bringing home some second hand/used furniture, inspect it thoroughly first. Do not introduce discarded items such as mattresses, bed frames, upholstered furniture and box springs into your home.

It is best to be aware of your surroundings and acknowledge the fact that bed bugs now seem to be infesting everywhere. They can even be found on airplanes so no one and nowhere are really safe. Bed bugs have apparently gotten bolder and they are not picky about who they attach themselves to and where they make their new home. It is much easier now for you to pick up the bug somewhere and take it home with you. The few steps mentioned in this article can help you stay alert and protect yourself and your home.

David Breen has extensive experience in pest control. He enjoys sharing his insights through blogging, and his articles are featured mainly on home and garden blogs. Learn more about Terminix pest control services at


How to Avoid Getting Bedbugs

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