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    Worried about bed bugs when you head off to college?

    Dorm life is an exciting prospect for upcoming freshmen, but living in close quarters with so many people is not all fun – it can be scary, too. You probably already know all about how to protect yourself against transmissible diseases. But do you know how to protect yourself against bed bugs?

    Bed bugs like to live inside bedding and laundry. They nest in dark crevices and their eggs can fit by the hundreds in fabric seams where you can’t see them. They can travel up to 200 feet in one day, and it’s easy to see how this could become a problem in highly populated areas. But being aware of this threat only solves half of the problem. It’s equally important to take steps and protect yourself from bed bugs.

    Luckily, there are a few easy fixes you can implement as you do you back-to-school shopping. One important thing to do is not to leave your clothes in a pile on the floor. Instead, put them in a special anti-bed bug laundry bag. Your room will look nicer, and your clothes will be safe too! If you’d like extra safety, you can have one bag for dirty laundry and a separate bag for clean laundry.

    Protecting your bed is pretty easy, too: all you need are mattress and pillow encasements. Like the laundry bag, the encasements are made in such a way as to prevent bed bugs from nesting in their seams. A lot of them will also protect you from dust mites, other allergens, and bio-fluids for a safe and comfortable night’s sleep.

    Whether you’re already dealing with a bed bug infestation and need help managing it or you’d like to stay on the safe side and prevent one, these are some important steps that you can take right away.

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