CLEAN UP THE CLUTTER!
Bed bugs are experts at hiding and finding them can present quite a challenge. Heavily cluttered dwellings create a million and one places for bed bugs to hide. If you have piles of boxes, newspapers, magazines or just “stuff”, it’s time you clean it up. Doing this will make it easier to find them if you should ever get them.
BEDS AND LOUNGING AREAS
Change your bed linens regularly; check piping on mattresses and box springs for early signs. Vacuum couches, chairs and carpets regularly.
MAKING HOUSEHOLD REPAIRS
Take away as many possible harborages for bed bugs. Separations between baseboards, grout, seams of wallpaper, crown molding, door jams.
Clear silicone fills these areas so bed bugs cannot enter. Consider replacing worn carpeting with tile; and because bed bugs travel along routes created by pipes, cables and electrical conduits, seal any openings where pipes, wires or other utilities come into your home.
BEST FURNITURE DESIGNS FOR BED BUGS
Consider modern clean-lined furniture which is less hospitable to bed bugs. The smoother and harder the furniture, the less likely that a bed bug would find a place to hide. Take into consideration the ease of decontamination should you get bed bugs. Would the finish stand up to treatments like hot steaming or scrubbing? Can cushions be removed or put through the dryer?
MISCELLANEOUS PREVENTION POINTERS
- Avoid shopping at thrift stores, pawn shops, and Craig’s list. Be mindful of anything borrowed or given to you or discarded furniture or mattresses found at the curbside. Any of these items should be thoroughly inspected for bed bugs before bringing them into your home.
- Use a large plastic self-locking bag to contain items like computer bags, purses, jackets, back packs and lunch boxes when transporting them back and forth from work, school or places visited.
- Be sure to inspect all items a visitor may bring into your home or workplace. These include and out of town guest, maintenance and service people, delivery people, salesman, and social workers.