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By arianne.tonido 22 Sep, 2017
You never know where bed bugs may be lurking. Even the best 5 star hotels and the best cruise ship lines experience bed bug problems. You could be just one bed&breakfast away from bringing the problem home with you!
If you're like most of us, you don't actually inspect your room for bed bugs before settling down for a good nights rest. If you've picked that unlucky spot you may very well bring home a few of these unwanted hitchhikers with you.
So.....how can you try to prevent unkowingly transplanting these little bloodsuckers to your place of rest?
Here's what I do:

1) Instead of bringing luggage into the house, unpack it outside or in a garage or on the porch. Put all washables into plastic bags and bring them in, one laundry load at a time. Place immediately into the washing machine and start the wash cycle. Take the washed clothes and place directly into the dryer. Dry them on a medium-high to high heat. If you haven't drowned them, you've cooked them. It only requires about 140 degrees to kill bed bugs.
2) Items like shoes, luggage, purses, and any thing else you can't wash and dry, place into a wardrobe box ( available at most moving or storage facilities). Place 2 pest strips on the hanging bar. Close the box, tape it shut and leave it alone for a minimum of two days.
3) Dry cleaning items should be bagged, sealed and taken to the cleaner, not into the house.

Just don't bring anything into the house until you've dealt with it as detailed above. I can't guarantee you will never have a problem but these measures will reduce the risk SIGNIFICANTLY.

Bruce

Atlas Exterminator Co Inc Blog

By arianne.tonido 22 Sep, 2017
You never know where bed bugs may be lurking. Even the best 5 star hotels and the best cruise ship lines experience bed bug problems. You could be just one bed&breakfast away from bringing the problem home with you!
If you're like most of us, you don't actually inspect your room for bed bugs before settling down for a good nights rest. If you've picked that unlucky spot you may very well bring home a few of these unwanted hitchhikers with you.
So.....how can you try to prevent unkowingly transplanting these little bloodsuckers to your place of rest?
Here's what I do:

1) Instead of bringing luggage into the house, unpack it outside or in a garage or on the porch. Put all washables into plastic bags and bring them in, one laundry load at a time. Place immediately into the washing machine and start the wash cycle. Take the washed clothes and place directly into the dryer. Dry them on a medium-high to high heat. If you haven't drowned them, you've cooked them. It only requires about 140 degrees to kill bed bugs.
2) Items like shoes, luggage, purses, and any thing else you can't wash and dry, place into a wardrobe box ( available at most moving or storage facilities). Place 2 pest strips on the hanging bar. Close the box, tape it shut and leave it alone for a minimum of two days.
3) Dry cleaning items should be bagged, sealed and taken to the cleaner, not into the house.

Just don't bring anything into the house until you've dealt with it as detailed above. I can't guarantee you will never have a problem but these measures will reduce the risk SIGNIFICANTLY.

Bruce
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