How to Prevent Bed Bugs
How to prevent bed bugs can be hard, especially for people that enjoy traveling. A large percentage of bed bug infestations happen when people go on vacation somewhere and sleep in a hotel infested with them. Then they come back home with bed bug eggs somewhere in their suitcase or on their pyjamas, and voila! The bed bugs have just found their new home, and you’re in for a few weeks of disgust as you try to figure out where they are and how to get them out.
If you’re a hotel owner, on the other hand, getting bedbugs can really harm your business. With billions of people on the Internet, it’s only a matter of time before that information makes it to hotels.com and every other site like it, and the amount of people wanting to come stay at your establishment dwindles. And even if you do somehow manage to exterminate them relatively quickly, the infamy may stick with you for a very long time, damaging your business every single day. The best thing anybody could really do is avoid infestation in the first place, so here are a few things you can do:
- Don’t take your suitcase into your bedroom as soon as you get home
- Wash and dry clothes an bedding in extremely hot water
- Vacuum a lot
- If you are a hotel owner, train your staff to recognize the common signs of bedbugs
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so needless to say, you will never regret taking these precautions that will spare you weeks of the frustrating process of ridding yourself of them.
Bed bugs know what’s good, so they tend to move into cozy little nooks and crannies.
Your suitcase is the perfect place for bed bugs to crawl into that you will likely not notice. What a lot of people do as soon as they get home is just empty the contents of their suitcase onto their bed or bedroom floor and start sorting through everything, trying to figure out what goes where. They could really not be making the bed bugs’ work any easier. Suitcases should actually be left in a place like a garage for the first few days after being brought home.
Bed bugs are much more visible on the cold concrete of a garage floor or the tiles of a bathroom than they are on a carpet, so they will be much easier to kill off. You can also put your suitcase outside in the sun, a fair distance from your home, for a few days.If you are particularly suspicious that there may be bed bugs in your things, take the time to inspect each piece of clothing.
Once you’ve inspected your clothes, wash them in as hot water as possible.
Or if you have a hotel and you think your bedding may have gotten infested, do the same. Granted, hot water will not be able to kill all of the bed bugs at once, but it will greatly reduce their numbers. Then, dry them in an extremely hot dryer. Repeat if needed.
You should vacuum as much as possible.
Again, as with the hot water, vacuuming will not get of all of them at once, but it will greatly reduce their numbers. Also, take care to not use the same vacuum bag in non-infested to rooms to prevent the bed bugs from simply moving from one room to another.
Make sure your staff knows what to watch out for.
People whose job it is to fix beds and tidy rooms in a hotel have all probably seen enough to know when something is wrong. The signs of bed bug infestation are fairly obvious if you know what you’re looking for, so take care to inform employees about all of the warning signs of an impending bed bug infestation.
Bed bugs are very hard to prevent, as they feed exclusively on blood, and can thus be found in both immaculately clean and filthy places. Recognizing the problem at the earliest stage possible is the most you can do to avoid much bigger problems in the long run.