Anyone who has ever dealt with bed bugs will tell you how difficult it is to get rid of them. Bed bugs are very small, and the eggs hatch in 10 days. This means that by the time you realize you have them, the bugs may have multiplied to such a level that it seems to be impossible to eradicate them. That's why prevention is the best way to avoid having to fight with bed bugs. Use this information to learn two tips that can help keep bed bugs from becoming a problem in your house.
Keep Luggage Away from Your Bedding
One of the most important things you can do to keep bed bugs out of your house is avoid putting luggage on or near your bed after you've been traveling. Although you may not know it, bed bugs are sometimes able to burrow into your clothing or the material that covers your suitcases. If the bugs have hitched a ride on your luggage, and you then place it on your bed, this could be the start of a nasty infestation.
The best thing to do when you return home after traveling is to take all of your clothing out of each suitcase and immediately place the garments into a disposable bag. Start a wash cycle and fill the washing machine with the hottest water that your garments can safely withstand. Wrap the used disposable bag in a clean bag and throw it away. Place your luggage just outside your front door. This way, if any bed bugs were on your clothing or suitcases, the heat can get rid of them, and any that were on your luggage will be deprived of the chance to make it into your bedroom.
Use Mattress Covers
Using mattress covers is another great way to prevent a bed-bug infestation. Bed bugs hide by burrowing down into the fibers of your mattress. When you have a mattress cover, the vinyl or plastic material will serve as a barrier that keeps bed bugs from accessing your mattress. Be sure to use a cover on your box spring as well, as an added layer of protection.
Keeping bed bugs out of your home doesn't have to be difficult if you know what to do. Start practicing these preventative measures as soon as possible so you won't have to deal with a bed-bug infestation in your house.
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