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Bed bugs can be more insistent to stay than you are getting rid of them. Beyond the costly fight to get rid of the pesky critters, bed bugs can hinder your sleep schedule as you lie awake at night wondering where they’re off to next. Your bed isn’t the only potential hiding place for bed bugs — they’re found in other areas of your home and can even be the result of a recent shopping or hotel experience.  You don’t need to isolate yourself or feel an overwhelming paranoia, but knowing these 9 tips will help you avoid a costly run-in with bed bugs – and tidy up your home as a bonus!

1. Use the luggage racks.

When you spend a night in a hotel, avoid placing your suitcase on the bed or floor, because it’s tough to know where bed bugs could be hiding. Instead, inspect the luggage stand and place your luggage there for the weekend.

2. Isolate your traveling laundry.

If you did happen to encounter bed bugs on a recent trip, washing your clothes as soon as you get home will get rid of any potential bed bugs. Even if you didn’t encounter any bed bugs on your trip, it’s best to wash those clothes immediately and separately.

3. Seal up cracks and corners.

Bed bugs love making their home in small spaces like mattresses and baseboards. Sealing up cracks in and around your home is a preventative measure that could save you from seeing the creatures crawling around your home.

4. Get rid of clutter.

Though bed bugs are just as likely to infest clean homes, clutter in your home does offer more hiding places for bed bugs. Keep your space free of clutter to eliminate tricky hiding places.

5. Regularly wash bedding.

It’s always a good idea to wash your bedding on a regular basis. Heat is an enemy of bed bugs, and implementing a cleaning schedule will help with bed bugs.

6. Vacuum often.

Vacuuming in and of itself will not rid your home of bed bugs, but it will certainly help capture some of the pests. Vacuum your home regularly. Even if you don’t have bed bugs, it feels great to come home to a clean house.

7. Be conscious of used items.

Don’t get too distracted by your excitement of finding that old, used vintage chair or article of clothing. Carefully inspect the items you buy to ensure they haven’t come in contact with bed bugs.

8. Pay attention to your pets.

Sometimes it’s tough to tell where your pets have been. Inspect your pets on a regular basis and also take a close look at their beds and toys.

9. Ask the professionals if you have doubts.

If you suspect you have bed bugs in your home, it’s best to consult the professionals to help combat the problem. They’ll be able to tell you if you need to take further action. Plunkett’s Pest Control has over 100 years of experience in the industry. Our family owned and operated business prides itself on top-quality service you can count on. Contact us today if you have questions about bed bugs in your home or to schedule an appointment.  

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