Bed Bug Prevention

When it comes to bed bugs, prevention is much less costly than cure. Follow the below steps to reduce the likelihood of bed bugs in your home.

  • When it comes to bed bugs, prevention is much less costly than cure. Follow the below steps to reduce the likelihood of bed bugs in your home.
  • Thoroughly analyse any second hand furniture for bed bugs before bringing it home.
  • Limit bed bugs hiding places by putting a protective cover on your mattress, reduce clutter in your bedroom, and seal cracks on walls and around sockets.
  • Vacuum frequently and use different attachments for hard to reach places that bed bug usually nest in.
  • Packing and unpacking on hardwood floors (Or the bathtub if every other room is carpet, which is an easy place for them to hide) can help make it easier to spot any bedbugs on your clothes or in your luggage.
  • Be careful utilising laundry services, use plastic bags to transport clothes and put clothes straight from machines into bags.
  • Use high temperatures to wash and dry clothes to kill the bed bugs.
  • Inversely, you can freeze clothes and luggage to kill any bugs brought back from trips away.
  • When travelling, be aware of bed bug symptoms so you can raise the alarm if needs be. Hang clothes rather than putting them in drawers and keep your suitcase off the bed and isolated in a press or garage in between  trips.
  • Carry bin bags in your luggage while travelling and you can use them to divide and seal up clothes and other items.
  • Thyme oil can be used as a deterrent to discourage bed bugs though it won’t kill them and it may just send them to different rooms.