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The Best Tips To Protect Yourself From Bed Bugs

September 30, 2014

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If you have ever had to deal with a bed bug infestation in your home, you are painfully motivated to prevent that from happening again. If you haven't, don't take the hard road of natural consequences. Protecting yourself from bed bugs is easier than you think. With a little diligence, you can save yourself a ton of hassle in the long run.

Bed bugs don't have their own wheels, that's why they hitchhike. But unlike a hitchhiking human, they don't ask you if they can catch a ride. They just hop on. It is a pretty sweet deal for the bed bugs. They don't have to pay for bus tickets, airfare, or accommodations. They just travel with you, secretly hidden inside your luggage. But you can keep them from coming home with you.

Now, you might be thinking that you're not going to be staying in any cheap hotels. So, why should you worry? Well, bed bugs are an equal opportunity infestor. Some of the nicest hotels in the world have had to deal with bed bug infestations. This is partly do to world travel, and the slacking standards in third world countries, but the harsh reality is, these bugs are quite remarkable in their ability to spread. All it takes is one female bed bug to infest a house with thousands in a few short months.

If you are planning on spending a night in a hotel, motel, or cabin, here is a quick checklist to protect you from picking up any unwanted hitchhikers.

  • When you enter your room, put your luggage in the bathroom on the tiled floor, or leave your luggage in the vehicle.

  • Pull back the covers and check the sheets for any dark brown blood spots, or tiny brown specks crawling around.

  • Check the corners of your mattress and box spring for sticky, black residue.

  • Use a flashlight and check the top and sides of the bed's backboard.

  • Check furniture cushions and pillows.

  • Bring your luggage into the main living area, but try to keep them off the floor, like on a luggage rack, or desk.

  • With no signs of bed bugs, it is probably safe to put your clothes in the drawers.

  • Hanging clothes in the closet is even better. This will add a layer of protection.

  • Rezip your luggage and store it high.

  • Before you go home, check your luggage with a flashlight, to make sure you're still safe.

These simple steps will help keep your home and your family safe from a bed bug in festation. Stay vigilant, and enjoy your vacation, bug free. You've earned it.

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