Bed bug protocol can reduce risk of getting bed bugs, and even reduce or prevent the severity of a bed bug infestation. Much like Covid-19 has changed the way we do some things in our daily life, bed bugs can have pretty simple and effective protocol to prevent or reduce your risk!
5 Bed Bug Protocol Steps
- Reduce your risk of getting bed bugs by mitigating any high risk exposure situation. If you have visited a doctor office, work in a high risk career, have a friend or family member that has bed bugs – The single most important thing you can do is protect yourself from bringing them into your home! Limit what you take into a high risk situation, and as soon as you arrive home it is critical to change your clothes and dry all clothing and coats on high heat as soon as you arrive home. This is the single most important step to preventing bed bugs. If you are unable to immediately dry items upon arriving home, put them in a sealed bag and save for laundry day.
- Limit clutter in your home, particularly in and around beds, couches and chairs. Dry and put away any blankets or piles of clothing, get rid of stacks of papers or books, etc. These are all ideal harborage areas for bed bugs and reducing these opportunities for places for bed bugs to hide can reduce your risk of getting a bed bug infestation that gradually increases to a more severe problem, all before you have a chance to notice.
- Stay vigilant in checking! Routinely check your bedding, mattress, box spring, couches and chairs for evidence or signs of bed bugs. If you have high exposure risks, it is critical to stay vigilant to prevent an infestation, and doing the same if you take care of a family member that has high risk exposures. It’s also a good idea to avoid buying furniture that bed bugs love, like storage beds and recliners.
- If you have a bed bug infestation and are considering seeking professional help, the number one thing you can do to reduce the population immediately is vacuuming thoroughly! Vacuum all cracks and crevices of your bed and furniture.
- Do NOT use DIY sprays, bombs, dusts or essential oils. These products are repellents and can very quickly cause a bed bug issue to spread throughout other areas of your home. While we treat your entire home, it is still a good idea to avoid spreading the bugs around as much as possible!
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