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Monday, August 11, 2014
Although they remained scarce for many years, it seems that bed bugs are now making a comeback. The news is flooded with reports of this growing problem, and many portions of the country have yet to experience the problem at its full force. Bed bugs are small, brownish-red blood-sucking insects. Aside from the unpleasantness of their bites, they also have the potential to spread diseases. For this reason, it's important to understand how you can prevent bed bugs.

Don't Bring Home Questionable Furniture

Everybody likes to get something cheap or free, but when it comes to furniture, you're better off buying it new. Couches, chairs and beds from thrift stores or yard sales may harbor bed bugs and their eggs, potentially bringing an infestation in your home. However, if you find a piece of furniture you really want and can't get elsewhere, at least be sure to have it thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before taking it home.

Check Your Hotel Bed

Unfortunately, the bed bug epidemic isn't confined to private homes. These vampiric vermin are increasingly being found in hotel rooms across the nation. To prevent bed bugs from stowing away in your luggage, it's important to make sure there are none in your hotel room. Perform a thorough check of your room's bed. Pull back the sheets and search along the seams of the mattress, around the box spring, underneath the headboard and in any other potential hiding places. Make note of any bugs or the brown spots they leave behind. If you find any, notify the hotel's management immediately.

Protect Your Mattress

As their name suggests, bed bugs are most commonly found on beds because this is where you, their primary food source, sleep. Luckily, there is a way to keep the little nuisances at bay. Consider purchasing protective en-casements for your mattress and box spring, which keep the bugs from hiding on your bed. Although these may be costly, they're certainly cheaper than eradicating a full-on infestation.

Wash Everything

In the event that you do see bedbugs, or if you purchase clothing or bedding second-hand, it's critical that you wash everything thoroughly. Do this using hot water, bleach if possible, and finish it off with the hottest cycle your dryer has.


by: Palmetto Linen