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There are several things you can do to make your home harder for bed bugs to infest.
Bed bugs are a growing problem that won’t be going away any time soon.
Securing your bed is the first thing you should do if your goal is to prevent infestations. Doing so will make the biggest difference along with being careful in high-risk areas.
How to Protect Your Bed from Bed Bugs
These two things will make your life much easier if you ever face an infestation.
Encasements make it easier to check for bed bugs while also keeping them out of their favorite place to hide.
Interceptors make it impossible for bed bugs to climb your bedposts. Bugs that try climbing to you for a meal get trapped in the interceptor. It’s a breeze to take pictures of bugs stuck in the dish. This makes it easy to compare what you find with pictures online.
This makes checking for bed bugs as easy as peeking inside the dish of your trap.
Apply duct tape to sharp corners and staples of box springs. This saves you from poking holes in your encasements.
Here are a few of the best mattress encasements available online:
|AllerZip Smooth||SafeRest Premium||SureGuard||Sleep Defense|
|Zipper||BugLock 3-part||Velcro, Micro-Zipper||Velcro, "Zipper Technology"||Velcro, Zip-tie|
|Material||Cotton, polyester terry fabric||Polyester knit fabric||Polyester knit fabric||Polyester knit fabric|
|Sleeping Surface||Cotton||Cotton Terry||Cotton Terry||Polyester knit fabric|
|Rating||100 / 100||96 / 100||80 / 100||68 / 100|
|Why Buy?||Best Overall||Great Value||Budget Comfort||Budget Friendly|
Click through to read more on each. Feel free to browse our box spring and pillow encasement reviews on the encasement page.
Use Preventative Bed Bug Powders
For more information on how and where to apply preventative powders, visit the page dedicated to them.
Easy Ways to Prevent Bed Bugs
Keep Clutter In Check
Unlike flies and cockroaches, bed bugs are not a linked to unclean living conditions.
There are benefits to keeping a clean home though.
Crowding and clutter offer bedbugs more places to hide and breed. Keeping your floors clean helps get rid of many possible hiding places.
Pest control operators often ask clients to vacuum before they start treatment.
It’s important that you inject powders into tight spaces that’d otherwise be full of dust.
You’re going to want a vacuum with a good HEPA filter. Filters help keep bugs and contaminants inside.
Throw away filter bags outside in sealed bags after every vacuuming session.
Seal Entry Points
Neighbors are one of the most common ways to get bed bugs. Holes between shared walls can happen for many reasons.
What should you look out for? General wear, plumbing line routing, electrical routing, and material choices to name a few.
Bed bugs will take refuge in next-door units when infestations get too big or people try getting rid of them. Holes between walls can create bed bug highways in multi-unit housing like apartments.
Sealing those gaps is easy with a little bit of caulk or sealing putty.
Communicate with Neighbors
Sealing entrance points is a good place to start, but bed bugs can sneak in from any direction. Communication with neighbors is necessary to stop them from spreading.
Communicating with neighbors gives you a chance to share news. Open communication is necessary to prevent serious infestations in a multi-unit situation.
Where Should I Check for Bed Bugs
Family homes and apartments are the most common place you’ll bump into bed bugs. The bed bug causes page covers all the high-risk areas out there.
Lower your chances of bringing bed bugs home by taking the time to check for them before settling in.
Bed bugs don’t care how clean a room is. You can find them in expensive hotels, boutique bed and breakfasts, and cheap motels. Any room that houses several people a month is fair game.
Being careful while traveling is the most reliable way to protect yourself from bed bugs. We’ll go over steps you can take to travel safely below.
How to Check Rooms for Bed Bugs
Bathtubs are a good place to store luggage. Bed bugs have a hard time climbing their smooth walls. A heavy garbage bag will do the job of keeping your clothes and luggage safe.
A flashlight will help you check dark narrow spaces which are a bed bug’s favorite hiding place.
If you suspect that you have been exposed to bed bugs, steps should be taken to protect your home before you get back.
Following the steps in the next section will help you do exactly that.
Better safe than sorry applies to bed bugs. Be especially careful if you’ve read reviews mentioning bed bugs.
Don’t Bring Bed Bugs Homes
Preventing bed bugs is all about staying two steps ahead. These steps will stop you from bringing them home after traveling.
A week is a guideline. It gives eggs time to hatch and nymphs time to evacuate the hot luggage. Checking for eggs and small bugs before bringing your bag in is still very important.
A bed bug heater is a great investment if you want to keep prevent bed bugs – especially if you travel often.
Heaters are convenient and perfect for travelers. They treat all your stuff at once, fast.
Click any product name or picture to go to the corresponding review:
|ThermalStrike Ranger||ZappBug Heater||ZappBug Oven 2||PackTite Closet||ZappBug Room|
|Volume||3.6 cubic feet||13.6 cubic feet||25.3 cubic feet||25 cubic feet||286 cubic feet|
|Heating Method||6-sided Conductive||1 Convective Air Heater||2 Convective Air Heaters||1 Convective Air Heater||4 Convective Air Heaters|
|Setup Time||Under 5 min||About 5 min||Under 10 min||Under 15 min||Under 20 min|
|Rating||96 / 100||90 / 100||92 / 100||60 / 100||96 / 100|
Knowing that your luggage is bed-bug-free is worth the investment to many. A single cycle gets rid of any bugs that might be in your bag. This is much improved compared to the leave it in the sun approach.
The ThermalStrike Ranger was designed for the job. Travelers love it because it is set up free, convenient, and effective.
Travel Safe Printable
It’s hard to keep track of things while traveling. That’s why we designed this checklist for you to bring on your journeys.
You can get this and several more helpful printables in the free ebook. It’s a condensed reference for everything you might want to know about bed bugs.
How to Avoid Bed Bugs
In reality, there are many cases in which bumping into bed bugs is out of your control.
They are one of the most successful pests in the world and can be found in every single American state.
Visitors might bring bugs, stray bugs could hitch a ride on your shirt on the bus, or you might find that bed bugs were in the moving truck you rented. You can’t avoid all these situations in life.
The best way to avoid them is by knowing the signs to look for and taking preventative steps to travel safely.
Take some time to familiarize yourself with the patterns they follow when biting. We host a gallery of pictures of bites on people.
Pictures of bed bugs in different environments are useful as examples of what to look for.
Having a plan ready before you have a problem will put you several steps ahead of bed bugs.
Having a plan allows you to just start doing once you suspect you might have an infestation and avoids the worst part – sitting around, researching, and finally ordering the stuff you need before starting treatment.
For an example of a preventative plan, see the last example here.
Thanks for Reading!
Of all the content on this page, I hope that you come away remembering to always check your room before settling in.
Armed with the knowledge of how to do that, you will be stopping the most common causes of infestations.
What should you do next? Learn how to get rid of bed bugs before an infestation happens. By learning now, you won’t be doing research when the bites start. The same is true of learning how to treat bed bug bites.
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