- If you suspect a bed bug problem at work, consider storing your belongings in a plastic bin.
- Reduce clutter. Clutter serves as an ideal habitat for bed bugs whether at home, school or office. Reducing clutter provides fewer places for the bed bugs to hide and fewer opportunities for them to find their way into your home.
- Be vigilant in areas where bed bugs are most likely to be found, which include hotel rooms, storage areas (coat closets or cubbies), offices or lounges with upholstered furniture, or areas where people may rest.
- Vacuum daily to pick up any stray bed bugs before they settle in.
- Use a protective cover that encases mattresses and box springs to eliminate many hiding spots.
- Never bring second-hand furniture, especially mattresses and box springs, into a home without thoroughly examining for signs of a bed bug infestation. You might consider having a pest control professional inspect the furniture as it is difficult to detect an infestation without training.
- Regularly inspect areas where pets sleep for signs of bed bugs.
- Bed bugs are elusive creatures, so it is imperative to seek professional pest control assistance to address an infestation.
- Vacuum suitcases after returning from a vacation.
We’ve assembled some bed bug prevention tips for your home, workplace or other setting.