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Bed Bug Safety Tips When Residing in Senior Resident Housing

You've worked hard to enjoy 'The Golden Years'. Retirement communities are a great way to do just that, so make sure you keep it safe and secure from the threat of bed bugs.

Learn how to improve the quality of life when residing in Senior Resident Housing.

Bedbug tips for Senior Resident Housing:

  • Whether you decide to spend your golden years in an independent living, assisted living or nursing home facility, bed bugs are a reality you need to prepare for.
  • The smaller and closer the living quarters, the more likely you’ll face bed bugs. If you do get bed bugs, it can be very costly both financially and emotionally.
  • Before moving in, have someone check your room - specifically problem areas like mattress and box spring seams for bed bugs, brownish red spotting, shed bed bug skins, eggs, etc.
  • Check to ensure that the place is clean and uncluttered – more clutter means greater chance of bed bugs
  • Ask the facility management if they encase their mattresses, box springs, and pillows and if not, encase your own.
  • An anti-bedbug laundry bag, especially if the laundry is done communally, can be very effective.
  • Check the location you are staying in for recent bed bug reports – (bedbugregistry.com).
  • Use metal instead of wood bed boards to make it more difficult for bed bugs to climb up.
  • Ask to keep your own mattress, even if you move between different facilities to ensure no bed bugs. It may not be possible, but it’s certainly worth asking.

More bedbug tips for protecting your family:

When having a sleepover

When going off to Summer Camp

When going off to college

In the workplace

When renting a Halloween costume

When residing in a dormitory

When using a daycare center

When staying in a hospital

When visiting family and friends

When seeing out patients at their home

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