Nocturnal and nearly impossible to kill, these demons emerge from the shadows with one goal in mind: they want to drink your blood.
No, they’re not vampires – they’re bed bugs. Bed bugs are almost worse than vampires for a few reasons.
- First off, they’re real.
- Second, you almost never catch them in the act. Their saliva contains an anesthetic that numbs your skin before they sink they’re metaphorical fangs into you. Consequently, it often takes a long time to realize that you have bed bugs.
- Third and finally, it’s extremely difficult to kill every single bed bug. They are exceptional at hiding and they can live over a year without feeding. If even one or two escape your extermination efforts, you’ll just have another full-blown infestation again in a couple months.
Since bed bug infestations are hard to eradicate, the best approach is prevention. So, how do you protect your home from these little devils? Crosses and holy water obviously won’t work. To answer that question, here are 3 quick and easy tips from Cozy Earth on how to prevent bed bugs from infesting your home.
Don’t Bring Them Home
Most people bring bed bugs home after a trip. To prevent bringing these pests home with you, inspect your hotel room upon arrival. Take a flashlight and carefully scan the bed frame, box spring, and mattress. You’ll most likely find these small, flat, red bugs in etchings on the bed frame or in the cracks of the sideboards.
If you discover that your hotel room has bed bugs, notify the hotel immediately and request a different room. When you arrive back home, don’t put your suitcase on your bed to unpack. In fact, don’t carry it into the house at all. Keep it in the garage while you grab a garbage bag to put it in. Take out all your clothes and immediately wash them in hot water. Finally, toss some no-pest strips into the garbage bag with your suitcase and seal it up. Let the strips fumigate your suitcase for at least two weeksbefore bringing it into the house.
While some of these steps seem extreme, taking fifteen minutes to inspect your hotel room and properly disinfecting your suitcase will save you months of battling a full-blown infestation.
Cut Down on the Clutter
Contrary to popular belief, bed bugs don’t just infest filthy homes. They can live in homes that are spotless by hiding in the cracks of furniture and even behind baseboards. However, keeping your floors clear and clutter-free will give them far fewer places to hide.
Also, make your bed and make sure your bed skirt doesn’t touch the floor. By keeping fabrics from trailing onto the floor, you prevent bed bugs from using your bedding as a ladder to climb up into your bed. That only leaves the bed posts as access points, which you can protect by placing bed bug traps around them.
Buy Bamboo Sheets
The last tip on our list is to buy bamboo sheets. This tip is a little surprising, we know. How will bamboo sheets prevent bed bugs anyway?
Well, the natural enzymes in bamboo naturally repel bed bugs, discouraging them from climbing into bed with you. Additionally, bamboo doesn’t have sticky microcosms like cotton and polyester (Bed bugs love to reproduce in the microcosms of cotton and polyester sheets). By turning your bed into an inhospitable environment form these tiny terrors, this bedding significantly reduces the chances of a bed bug outbreak.
So, where can you find the best bamboo sheets? At Cozy Earth, of course! Browse our wide selection of gorgeous bamboo bedding at www.cozyearth.com and protect your home from bed bugs today!