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. 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.

You can inspect any hotel room for the presence of the telltale signs of bed bugs. It is important to check the mattress and headboard, and luggage racks. In hotels, keeping your suitcase away from the bed and on a luggage rack can help prevent bed bugs from infesting your luggage. When you return home, inspect your luggage and put clothes immediately into the washer. While washing does not kill bed bugs, drying clothes at a high temperature can eliminate them.

At home, do not store luggage under your bed. Ideally, luggage should be stored in a basement or garage. Other tips you can take to reduce the chances of bedbugs infesting your home include removing clutter, vacuuming frequently, and keeping belongings separate when taken to school or work. Continue Reading

Reviewed on 1/30/2015
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