Bedbugs Invading Hospitals and Nursing Homes

Bedbugs continue to be a big problem and it seems like they are getting worse. An article by Jen Wieczner is all about how hospitals and nursing homes are now having to deal with them. It makes perfect sense if you think about it. People from all over are being admitted to hospitals and the staff is busy checking you temperature, blood pressure blood pressure info and other vitals and they are not looking at your clothes to see if you are bringing in bed bugs.

The good news is bed bug bites don’t cause infections. The bad news is they itch, you scratch and now you have an open wound that some germ already in the hospital can get to you. This is one reason we tell our customers how important it is to keep an eye out for them when you travel and why you should use a mattress cover that keeps bed bugs out of your bed.

Read her complete article – Bedbugs Invade Hospitals

Wishing you the best of health

Mike Krause
AllergyStore.com – Helping customers since 1989
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Avoid Bed Bugs When You Travel – Only Bring Back Memories

You have probably seen lots of articles and blogs written about how to avoid bed bugs when you travel.  If you weren’t planning a trip or weren’t thinking about bed bugs, you probably didn’t read them.  I know I wouldn’t unless I worked where I do and talk to people on a daily basis with bed bug problems.

 

To summarize the articles on how to avoid bed bugs:

  • put luggage in back seat and not trunk of rental car;
  • never place luggage on floor or bed of hotel/motel room;
  • inspect bed upon arrival for signs of bed bugs;
  • keep luggage closed and zipped up while it is in the room.
 

But, what about if despite these precautions you bring home a few souvenir bed bugs?  How can you keep this accident from becoming a large problem?

 

Don’t unpack your luggage in your house and by all means, don’t ever place your suitcase on your bed! That’s right, when you come home, no matter how tired you are, put the suitcases in the garage, carport, or patio.  Don’t bring them in the house.  If a bed bug was hitching a ride, then when he decides to go mobile, he won’t do it in your house.  There isn’t much to eat or do in the garage or carport or patio so he can starve or die of loneliness.  Its not your concern.  Much like a vampire, you just don’t want to invite him inside.

 

Once you are ready to unpack, gather all your clothing and take it straight to the laundry room and into the washer.  If it is more than one load, leave it outside until it can come into the washer.  If your clothing is not washable, then put it in the dryer on high heat for 20 minutes..  That will kill any hidden bugs.

 

Once the luggage is empty, carefully inspect all the creases and folds, especially the lining.  A flashlight can make this job easier.  Look for hidden bugs.  If you own a dry heat steamer (like the Vapamore Primo) this is a great time to steam the inside and outside of the suitcase.  Even if you don’t see signs of bugs, its a good idea to freshen up your suitcase on occasion, just for hygiene purposes. Make sure the item is completely dry, zip it closed and now you can store it.  Because I keep my suitcases in a closet that contains off-season clothing, I never put my suitcase right away.  It doesn’t hurt the suitcase or take up too much room in my garage if I keep it out there for 7 to 10 days just to be sure.  Not that I have a paranoid fear of bed bugs, but like I said, I talk to people every day that bring the buggers home from a trip.

 

If you have one of our zippered bed bug covers already on your bed, you know that no matter where they roam, the bed bug won’t make it into your mattress.  That is also a comforting feeling when you get back in your own bed after a long trip.  Dorothy was right, there really is no place like home. Just don’t share yours with bed bugs.

Til Next Time!
 

How Do Bed Bug Covers Work? Do They Work?

How do bed bug covers work and do bed bug covers really protect you from bed bugs?  I just wrote a quick article about these questions. You can read it at How Do Bed Bug Covers Work and Will They Keep Them Out Of My Home?

keep the bed bugs out of your bed with bed bug coversSeem like we are getting this question a lot more now days. I had one customer that wanted me to promise her that if she covered her bed that it would keep the rest of her apartment safe. Had to tell her “Sorry can’t do”.  Even if you have your mattress, box spring and pillows covered it will not stop them from moving in. They won’t be in your mattress but they will still be other places.  The will hide in behind baseboards, in the slots where the bed rails attach to the headboard and footboard.  But we will promise you that you won’t get bed bugs in your mattress.  The rest of the apartment is up to you.

Wishing you the best of health
Mike Krause

The Allergy Store  Serving Customers Since 1989
800 771-2246

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