Bedbugs

What about prevention of bedbug bites?

Avoidance of infested areas is the method for prevention of bedbug bites. Recognition of bedbug infestation and proper treatment of affected rooms (usually with the help of a pest-control specialist) is the best way to prevent bedbugs in the home. Those concerned about the potential for bedbugs bites in hotels should examine hotel beds and mattresses for signs of a bedbug infestation. Sealing your mattress in a bedbug-prevention casing can be beneficial.

Sleeping with the lights on has not been shown to be effective in preventing bedbug bites. Conventional insect and tick repellents are also not useful against bedbugs, so one should not try to avoid being bitten by using insect repellant at night.

Reviewed on 6/6/2014

STAY INFORMED

Get the Latest health and medical information delivered direct to your inbox!