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    How Can I Manage the Bed Bugs in My Home?

    If you suspect you’re dealing with a bed bug infestation, don’t try to manage the situation on your own, as you will most likely be in over your head. Call a licensed and insured pest management professional, ensure they are experienced in dealing with bed bugs, and check for references. The process of eliminating a bed bug problem will be time-consuming and expensive. This really isn’t the time to scrimp, as you want it done right the first time around.

    As a rule of thumb, you should not bring in discarded furniture or mattresses. If you do, however, have your heart set on used or reconditioned items, inspect them carefully – you can even ask a licensed professional to do it for you and to treat them preventively before you bring them into your home. Cover any used mattresses or box springs with a bed bug encasement.

    Any second-hand fabrics (clothes, drapes, blankets, sheets, etc.) should be washed and dried on the hottest cycle before you bring them into your home. Consider separating them with a special bed bug-proof laundry bag.

    When traveling, never unpack before inspecting your hotel room for bed bugs. Consider using luggage liners and a travel laundry bag. Before you leave, inspect your belongings to make sure there are no unwanted travelers hitching a ride home with you. Inspect your luggage again when you get home, and wash your laundry immediately.

    Don’t remove anything from any rooms suspected of or confirmed to be infected. At your pest management professional’s recommendation, remove bedding, linens and clothing, place them in a secure plastic bag and then wash and dry them on the hottest cycle. When instructed, remove as much clutter from the room as possible. Anything you remove from the room must be properly sealed to avoid spreading the infestation.

    In most cases, you won’t have to throw out any of your belongings. Work with a licensed professional and encase your possessions as recommended. Before you know it, your infestation will be a thing of the past.

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