Bed Bug Prevention

Bedbug information,
prevention, and tips to
rid them.




Keeping Bed Bugs
Out of the Home


Bed Bugs



Prior to World War Two
And Now


Bed bugs were common to the
home prior to World War Two.
For the next fifty years, little
were seen of them.

In the last five years, the bed
bug has made a huge come back,
up 300% in the last couple
of years.

They are a particular problem
in hotels, motels and hostels,
where there is a big
turnover in occupancy.

Protect Clothing From
Bed Bugs



While in a hotel or motel,
always keep clothing off the bed
and floor.

This is hard to get your children
to do, but is so necessary.

When traveling place luggage
on the folding racks provided,
and never place your clothes
on the bed.

If in doubt about a place,
keep you clothes in plastic
garbage bags, hanging
in the closet, or in the bath
tub, until you are sure
it is okay.

When returning home from
a trip, store any clothing
that you will not be needing
right away in plastic garbage
bags, or dry cleaning bags.

If any bed bugs happen to be
hiding, they will expire in time,
and kept within the bags
they cannot freely move
about the home.

The quickest way to deal with
bed bugs when returning
is placing the clothes directly
into the clothes dryer, this
will kill any bugs that may
be hiding within the clothing.

Steps to Take In the Home



Seal mattress and pillow with
a plastic, or tightly woven
zipped cover.

Any bed bug trapped inside will
expire in time.

Do not use any poison that can
come in contact with your
skin, or fumes you may inhale.

Wash all your bed linen and
place in a hot dryer for 20
minutes.

Also outside the bed bug can
be dealt with.

Any linen placed outside in the
winter in the very cold for five
days will do the job.

In the hot summer heat, clothes
placed in a black plastic bag,
or in a closed vehicle out in the
sun will dehydrate them over time.

Vacuum a mattress regularly,
be aware that the eggs can stick
to the bed linen, and may have
to be scraped off while vacuuming.

Place the vacuum bag in a
sealed plastic bag, and discarded
outside the house into
a garbage can.




When Buying Used
Clothing or Mattress



Bed bugs are also found in
commercial businesses, buses,
apartments, and the home.

It only takes one hitch hiking on
your clothing to infest the whole
home.

If you are bringing used clothing
into the home, inspect it thoroughly,
and run it through the dryer on
high for a few minutes.

Wash all clothing before use,
whether new or used. Do not
bring a used mattress into you
home, and even when buying
a new one, inspect it
thoroughly, before using.

Bedbug Life Cycle
and Habits



Bed bugs can live up to a
year without feeding and their
nymphs up to about three months.

They do not carry disease,
but can cause you a great
deal of stress.

They are about 1/4 inch long,
flat, which means they can hide
just about anywhere.

They hide in seams of a mattress,
cracks in wall, or wood bed frame.

Their activity is reserved for the
night time, in the day they hide.

The adult will feed at least once
a week, and the host usually
is unaware, until welts appear.

The nymphs go from egg to
adult in 4 weeks.

Tip



If you buy used books, flip
through the pages outside
the house, to make sure no bugs
are residing within the pages
or cover of the book.




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