How to Prevent Bed Bugs
While there’s no foolproof way of protecting yourself fully from getting bed bugs, there are some simple things you can do to avoid bed bugs and to detect bed bugs if you’re experiencing an infestation.
The best way to prevent bed bugs is to encase your mattress and box springs. Encasing your mattress and box springs cuts down the number of places that the bugs can hide, significantly increasing your chances of early detection. You may also want to use light solid colored sheets and bedding so that you will notice any subtle fecal or blood staining in the early stages of a bed bug infestation.
If you are wondering how to prevent bed bugs from coming home with you, consider keeping your coat in a garment bag at home and at work. You can also place your briefcase or backpack in a sealed plastic storage container when you get home in the evening. Some people even change their clothing as soon as they get home and place the used clothing in a plastic bag until it gets laundered.
If that all sounds like too much work and time spent thinking about bed bugs, consider regular maintenance inspections of your home or business to make sure that your property is bed bug free.