It’s important to understand everyday steps that you can take to help prevent bed bugs. Avoiding bed bugs altogether is much easier than treating a bed bug infestation after the fact.
BLOCK NATURAL ENTRY POINTS
Keep sheets comforters and pillows off the floor.
Keep a healthy distance from the walls and other furniture.
Never place bags or luggage on top of your bed.
Use barriers like the Bed Bug Barricade™ to prevent bed bugs from climbing up bed legs.
BED BUG SPRAY (EASY RECIPE)
Using an essential oil spray is a great way to deter bed bugs and make your rooms smell naturally fresh. Mix the ingredients together and spray on washable linens. Be careful not to mix in too much of the oils since the smell might overwhelm the room or may stain walls and fabrics. Always test a small area of the fabric first.
1 Cup Water
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops rosemary essential oil
10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
10 drops essential oil of clove
Mix ingredients in a fine mist spray bottle and shake well before using
TAKE PREVENTATIVE MEASURES
Bed bug mattress covers can be an effective second line of defense that locks in existing bed bugs and prevents others from burrowing deep into your mattress.
Bed bug sprays can be effective but are often toxic to pets and humans so use sparingly with caution.
Sticky glue traps can help catch bed bugs but can be messy and unsightly.
AVOID COMMON BED BUG SOURCES
Don’t bring secondhand furniture into your home especially futons mattresses or box springs unless thoroughly inspected for bed bugs.
When you return from traveling thoroughly inspect your bags before entering your home.
CHECK FOR SIGNS OF BED BUGS
Bed bug bites are itchy and present as small red bumps that often appear in clusters.
Check pet sleeping areas for bed bug signs.
Inspect your sheets for blood spots.
Inspect the bed headboards and mattress seams for signs of bed bugs.
When you store your bags place them in the highest area possible away from the bed.
Consider covering your suitcase in a large plastic bag during hotel stays.