“Be sure to follow these steps to eliminate bed bugs.”
Preventing Bed Bugs in Your Houston Home
Although it may seem impossible to prevent bed bugs, there is a clear and definite way to do so. It’s actually quite simple. Remember it is always easier to prevent an infestation than to get rid of one so it’s better to be safe and follow these rules that we have crafted through years of professional experience with bed bugs.
When You Travel
Remember that the only way bed bugs travel from place to place is by people not noticing them and allowing them to hitch a ride. So when you travel or stay at a friend or family member’s home, or really anywhere that is not your home, be sure to follow these steps:
Inspect The Room for Signs of Bed Bugs:
Check for small black stains in scattered groups on bedding, bed frames, and mattresses. Be sure to check the cracks and seams. Check under the mattress and box spring because these are prime hiding for bed bugs. Learn more about inspecting for bed bugs here.
Do not put your suitcase or bags on any furniture while you inspect so that if there are bed bugs, they do not climb out onto furniture and escape your gaze.
When you get home follow these steps:
- Put anything that you brought with you outside for inspection. This means bags, luggage, cribs, and anything else.
- Put everything from the luggage into plastic bags for inspection.
- Wash and dry all clothes and linens on the highest heat possible.
- Place suitcase in plastic bags and place outside in the sun for several days.
- Flip the bagged suitcase twice a day to ensure thorough heating.
- Keep suitcase sealed in bag until your next trip.
Tips: How to sanitize linens to prevent a bed bug infestation.
Keeping linens hygienic is the most important step to preventing bed bugs from entering your home.
Sealing linens in trash bags before entering the home or laundry facility keeps your clothes protected from bed bugs by barring entry into your home.
Bed bugs may already be in said bag, so be sure to take the bag and dispose of it responsibly to keep bugs from escaping and contaminating other areas.