Bed bugs can enter your home; in used clothing, furniture or bedding; by traveling along pipes and wiring; and as “hitch-hikers” on you or your visitors clothing, shoes and bags.
To prevent bed bugs from entering your home:
- Do not bring furniture, mattresses, box springs, or bed frames found on the street into your home.
- Check all used or rented furniture for bed bugs. Only get used or rented furniture from a place with a bed bug prevention policy. See the factsheet titled “Have I found a bed bug?” for Information on identifying bed bugs.
- Do not place backpacks, purses or bags on beds, couches, or other areas where you rest.
- When traveling check for bed bugs in your hotel room. Check the bedding, furniture and luggage valet. Keep your suitcases off the bed and check them for bed bugs when departing. See “Inspecting your Hotel Room for Bed Bugs” for more information
- For apartments, seal cracks and crevices around plumbing and wiring, this will help prevent bed bugs traveling from next door apartments.
- If you think you have come into contact with bed bugs, immediately wash and dry your clothing on the hottest setting the fabric can withstand, or store them in a sealed plastic bag until you are able to do so. Shoes, bags and other objects can be put in the dryer for 20 min; at medium-high temperature or the highest temperature the material can tolerate, to kill bed bugs. For more information see “Laundering Items to Kill Bed Bugs.”