With the exception of Charlie Sheen’s latest rants the biggest headline today seems to be bed bugs! They’re everywhere and escaping them is priority #1. With that said, we wanted to continue our bed bug series of posts following up on Dr. Ballards presentation at Bug Off Pest Control Center’s 2010 New York Pest Expo.

Prevention

  • Be careful when travelling abroad and when staying in hotels. Keep luggage elevated off the floor and outside the bedroom. Consider a travel-size spray for use in your travels.
  • Inspect your belongings carefully to prevent hitchhiking bed bugs.
  • Do not introduce second-hand beds or furniture into your residence.
  • Avoid clutter.
  • Seal cracks and crevices.
  • Vacuum (AtrixIPM VacBug Sucker Vac) regularly and quickly discard the bag.  Besides the floors, also vacuum mattresses, box springs, couches, arm-chairs, closets, shelving, the inside of furniture, baseboards and window and door frames.
  • Encase mattresses and boxsprings in air-tight, hypo-allergenic covers or wrap them in active liners.
  • Install ClimbUp and  Bed Moat interceptors under furniture legs.
  • Report suspected activity to property management personnel quickly.

Thank you!

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