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Posted by on 2/11/2011
Most of us are aware that bed bugs are back and stronger than ever. Ohio University conducted a gene study which found that certain bed bugs can survive 1,000 times the amount of pesticides that would have killed a "traditional" bed bug. Bed bug infestations are extremely hard to get rid of and very costly. So how do you prevent bed bugs from getting into your house in the first place?
  1. Don't let bed bugs hitch a ride with you. Zip up bags and belongings whenever you stay outside your home, preferably with BugZip® Luggage & Clothing Encasements which are specially designed to keep bed bugs out. Don't leave shoes, computers or souvenirs out in the open as bed bugs love to crawl into tiny cracks and crevices in these items. Make sure everything is zipped up when not in use.
  2. Arm your home with bed bug monitors and traps such as the ClimbUp® Insect Interceptor and the BB Alert® Passive Monitor. These devices are totally safe around children and pets and will detect bed bugs within days of them entering your home.
  3. Use Mattress and box spring encasements from Protect-A-Bed on beds in your home. If bed bugs ever get into your home they will want to harbor in the mattress and box spring. Encasements take away their favorite hiding place so they don't multiply undetected and prevent you from having to replace your bedding.
  4. Reduce Clutter and Vacuum often. Keep clothes, boxes, toys, shoes off the floor or under the bed. They provide the perfect hiding place for bed bugs. Be sure to vacuum your bedroom often, particularly around the bed and the bed itself. Pull your bed a couple inches away from the wall. Regularly inspect bed frames, seams of mattresses and box springs. 
  5. If you suspect you have been exposed to bed bugs outside the home, take extra precautions upon returning home.  Luggage should never be brought into the house.  Any clothing should go right into the washing machine.  To prevent bed bugs from falling out in your laundry room you can use GreenClean™ Dissolvable Laundry Bags which take your clothing from luggage to the laundry.  Non-washable items should go right into the dryer for 10 to 15 minutes or into the suitcase-sized PackTite™ Portable Heater which kills all stages of bed bugs, even their eggs.
If you find any evidence of bed bugs in your home, call an experienced pest control professional. Bed Bugs are not a Do-it-Yourself pest.

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