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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. Prevention tips can include 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 repellent at night.

For those concerned about bedbug infestations in hotels, an important tip is that you can inspect any hotel room for the presence of the telltale signs of bedbugs. 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 bedbugs from infesting your luggage. When you return home, inspect your luggage and put clothes immediately into the washer. While washing clothes in hot water does not kill bedbugs, 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.

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Comment from: Paul G, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 27

We used a product called Bugright, it is all natural and it is great to know it is safe around children and pets. Bugright killed all crawling insects around our home.

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Comment from: anthrogeek49, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

I had purchased a used couch and I started getting bites on me. I took the couch outside of the house and torched it. I set the beds and the furniture someplace where the fire won't spread, and just burnt it up, it's not worth keeping once it has been infected with bed bugs.

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Comment from: learningevryday, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 16

Be sure that you monitor everything people bring into your house. If you have roommates or relatives that like to �dumpster dive,� make them go through everything outside before bringing it in.

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