Bed bugs are becoming a bigger problem every day. At The Allergy Store, we field calls daily about how to combat bed bugs. People want to prevent them. Unfortunately, too many people already have them. Sadly, when people think about bed bugs, they think of seedy hotels. Yeah, not anymore. Some of the finest hotels in the world have had to combat bed bugs. Today, bed bugs are in homes, apartments, hotels, cruise ships, dormitories, and shelters.
Over the years, we’ve found several great articles and resources about bed bugs. Here are just a few:
Harvard University put together a great bedbug problem flowchart for their students living in campus housing. It’s good advice for anyone in a rented area. This includes dorms or apartments.
EHSO provides a wealth of information about bed bugs at their dedicated bed bug page.
The Centers for Disease Control maintains a bed bug FAQ and information to help you understand the bug’s life cycle.
We tell all our customers to do the following:
- Clean the infested room thoroughly. Pay special attention to the mattress, bed frame and headboard.
- Remove the mattress from the frame and clean the frame and headboard.
- Vacuum all around the bed, under furniture and in the closet.
- Clean the baseboards and caulk them if necessary.
- Vacuum the mattress and then encase it with a bed bug proof encasing. Any bed bugs trapped in the mattress will die.
- Don’t start spraying pesticides. Let a licensed professional do it. If you are chemically sensitive make sure they know it before any treatment is done.
- Don’t panic. This too shall pass
Preventing Bed Bug Infestations
As a rule, when we travel we never leave our suitcase on the floor, bed or in the closet. We set it on the dresser or use the luggage rack found in the room. If the hotel doesn’t have a luggage rack, we place our bags in the bathtub.
When you come home, don’t bring your luggage into the house. Unpack in the garage, carport or other areas. Inspect your luggage, then wash your clothing.
Wishing you the best of health