Contrary to their name, bedbugs can be found almost anywhere, such as suitcases, boxes, baseboards, cracks and crevices, furniture, and any were that gets them close to a food source (YOU).
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help prevent a bedbug infestation.
Bedbug prevention tips:
- Bring a flashlight, magnifying glass, gloves and large trash bag with you when you travel.
- When checking into hotels, (or staying the night at someone else’s house) put your suitcase in the bathtub then inspect the mattress, using the flashlight. Bedbugs love to hide in the seams and creases of a mattress.
- Also Inspect the sheets for blood spots (small brownish or reddish spots) created by their waste. This looks like a spot made by a fine felt tip marker.
- Bedbugs are reddish brown, flat and an oval shape and are about ¼” long, with 6 legs.
- Store your suitcase in the trash bag, instead of on the floor.
- Thoroughly inspect any secondhand bedding AND furniture, remembering to pay close attention to the creases and seams. You may even want to consider having the item sterilized by a professional first.
- If you live in a state without strict bedding laws, inspect new mattresses and furniture too.
- Eliminate clutter in the home and office as this provides bedbugs with excellent places to hide (yes, bedbugs can also be found at work!)
- Remember, bedbugs are not caused by being “dirty” and can happen to anyone, anywhere, no matter how often you clean. Bedbugs must be dealt with by a professional.
If you’re a store selling or renting secondhand bedding or furniture and need more information, contact Legal Label, Inc. today.