How do I avoid/prevent bed bugs?

You can encounter bed bugs almost anywhere including where you shop, work, go to school and vacation. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – so take a few simple steps to help prevent an infestation.

  • Bed bugs can enter homes by latching onto your clothing, shoes and bags. Used furniture, luggage and backpacks are great hiding places for bugs as well. Bed bugs can also travel along connecting pipes and wiring from one room or apartment to another.
  • Never bring bed frames, mattresses, box springs or upholstered furniture found on the street into your home. (No dumpster diving!)
  • Check all used or rented furniture for bed bugs. For more info, check out thrift store tips
  • When traveling, inspect the bed and furniture. Keep suitcases off the floor and bed, and inspect them before you leave. See travel tips
  • If you suspect you have been around bed bugs, immediately wash your clothing on hot settings and dry on the high heat setting for at least 30 minutes after the items are dry or store items in a sealed plastic bag until you can.
  • Seal cracks and crevices with caulk, even if you don’t have bed bugs. This will help prevent bed bugs and other pests from coming in.


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