Follow these simple rules and sleep comfortably and without being bitten by bed bugs.
Routine Tasks to Keep Bed Bugs Away
Add a Good Dose of Sunshine & Fresh Air. Let the sun shine in and open the windows to air the home. Bed bugs do not like light or fresh air; make sure the home has plenty of it. In the morning, do not leave sheets rumple in bed, instead fluff the pillows, throw back the sheets and covers to let air to circulate.
Care for Bed Linens. Change sheets once a week and put in the wash immediately. Wash sheets, pillowcases, blankets, and comforters in hot water adding 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar to the last rinse. Another solution for really clean sheets is to use ½ cup of ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda with a ½ cup of bleach. Wash pajamas or any other bed garments too. Dry laundry in the clothes drier at the highest setting; make sure the lint filter is clean.
Isolate Mattress. Invest in a mattress protector create a barrier between a sleeping body and the mattress. A mattress protector can be easily laundered every week. There are many types of mattress protectors available in stores, among the brands are Allergy Luxe® Bed Bug Mattress Protectors from Bed Bath and Beyond or SecureSleep™ 4 in 1 Mattress Protector – Certified Bedbug Barrier at Linens & Things. In addition, get pillow protectors as well as box spring protectors.
Tend to Dirty Laundry. Do not throw dirty clothes on the floor or leave them piled up on the bed. Use a clothes hamper until ready to launder. Do not let hamper remain full of clothes more than five days. When hamper is empty spray with Lysol and a sprinkling of baking soda. Make dirty clothes a difficult place for bugs to hide.
Clean Carpets. If possible, get rid of wall-to-wall carpeting. Opt for area rugs that can be cleaned and aired outside the home on sunny days at least once a week. Remember Bed Bugs don’t like fresh air or light. If area rugs are not cushiony enough, purchase rug pads that can be washed. Steam clean carpets or have them professionally cleaned at the beginning of each season.
Vacuum Often. Vacuum at least every other day. If there’s not enough time to vacuum often, purchase a robotic vacuum like Roomba that can be programmed to vacuum when no one is home and vacuums both carpets and floors. Just make sure to empty the bin or change the bag often. It’s important to keep vacuums clean so as not to create a new home for the bugs.
Steam Clean.Steam cleaning does an excellent job at killing dust mites, mold, germs, spores, bacteria, and bed bugs cannot survive a jet of hot steaming water. There is a wide range of steam cleaners, from hand held under $50 to industrial size for higher prices. Choose the one that fits your house and budget. Steam Cleaners are sold at stores like Home Depot, Amazon, Wal-Mart, and many others.
Attend to Pets. Keep pets off the bed! A fluffy kitten or dog are bed bug attractors. Get pets their own bed and vacuum and air outside often.
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Keep Bed Bugs Away by Avoiding Certain Habits
- Do not eat in bed, if you do clean up after by removing sheets and vacuuming.
- Do not bring food, or leave dirty plates and glasses in the bedroom.
- Do not bring into the bedroom dirty shoes or sneakers, shopping bags, or anything that hasn’t been cleaned first.
Preventing bed bugs is easier than eliminating them. Keep the bedroom as a place for relaxation and sleep. A clean, fresh, and uncluttered room can have an amazing influence in your life. Try it and enjoy a life free of embarrassing and annoying bed bugs.