How to prevent a bed bug infestation from occurring.
Preventing a bedbug problem from ever taking place
Prevention is 100x easier than spending hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on professional extermination! Follow these steps to help protect yourself from a bedbug problem before it ever starts.
If you have traveled somewhere you suspect was infested with bed bugs, follow these steps as preventative measures:
If you know ahead of time, buy a travel sized bed bug spray. While not a particularly effective method for home treatment, these are your first line of defense when traveling. You should spray your suitcase and clothes before returning home.
Wash anything you had with you on the trip and dry on high heat for at least 30 minutes after it is completely dry. (If you cannot wash the suitcase, the options are:
A. Bag it up and don't use it for 12 months minimum
B. Get a steam cleaner like this one for under $30 and steam it thoroughly
Order bed post interceptors. They are the cheapest, best (and most commonly recommended) bedbug prevention and monitoring method
Keep some CimeXa desiccant on hand, it is safe for humans (and pets) but kill bugs by dehydrating them. You can prevent and treat bedbug infestations by applying CimeXa with a duster around the house.
If you have a neighbor or adjacent unit that you suspect has bed bugs, follow these steps to help prevent an infestation in your house:
Apply CimeXa under and around beds, sofas and recliners, along common hallways/corridors, and beneath unit entry doors.
Order bed post interceptors.
Recent studies by Booth, et al* which examined the genetic makeup of several generations of bed bugs have determined that infestations in multi-unit buildings are more often due to active dissemination between apartments than new introduction by occupants.
In laboratory and field studies, applying a fine coating of CimeXa around the perimeter and baseboard areas of apartments was extremely effective in reducing the propagation and spread of infestations between units. Proactive application of CimeXa is recommended if an infestation is suspected in adjacent units.
This article is about prevention. If you want to read more about treating for bedbugs, click here.
*Bedbug prevention information sources: Booth, W., V.L. Saenz, R.G. Santangelo, C. Wang, C. Schal and E.L. Vargo. 2012. Molecular markers reveal infestation dynamics of the bed bug (Hemiptera: Cimicidae) within apartment buildings. J. Med. Entomol. 49: 535-546.
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