Protect Yourself from Bed Bugs: Tips and Tricks for Those At-Risk
If you are an at-risk person for bed bug exposure, such as a frequent business traveler or an elder care provider entering a large number of homes, you need to know how to best protect yourself against bed bugs, by following basic guidelines for protection, detection, and prevention.
Included below are some helpful tips and tricks given to healthcare and social workers entering infested homes. These informative and educational tips work for anyone who may find themselves in a situation where they are knowingly or unknowingly exposed to bed bugs. If you are at-risk, you should follow these preparation ideas for dealing with infested areas.
When traveling, keep a “bed bug kit” with you in your vehicle, suitcase or bag.
This kit may include: a change of clothes and shoes (keep it in the car on road trips or in a separate plastic bag in the hotel), protective, disposable booties, small plastic bags, a flashlight, a narrow banded spatula for crushing the bugs, antibacterial wet wipes, and a notebook or camera to document where bed bugs or signs of them were found, in order to notify the host or hotel.
Keep a plastic box or large sealable bag with you.
Keep a plastic box or large sealable bag with you in order to put clothing, or anything else, that may have had bed bugs on or near them in it, so that you can securely store them or throw them away without transporting or spreading the bugs.
Remove any clothing that may have come in contact with bed bugs.
Upon returning from a bed bugs infested area, remove any clothing that may have come in contact with bed bugs and put them in a hot dryer. Since high heat kills bed bugs, washing and drying contaminated clothing, bedsheets, etc. is the best way to ensure an infestation does not spread to a clean area. Even if bed bugs didn’t transport with you, this process may help give you peace of mind (and destroy any eggs you may have come in contact with).
Bed bugs are not known to transmit disease and are only annoying, not dangerous. Even though a bed bug infestation can be extremely traumatic, panic only worsens any discomfort they may be causing you. In order to combat an infestation, call your bed bug exterminator as soon as possible to take care of the problem for you and ensure the infestation does not return in the future.