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Thread: How do I prevent bed bugs?

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    Getting ready to travel all of next week .Don't want to bring the little buggers home with me.Other the obvious of checking the mattress,what are some other tips?

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    The other day I heard that they hide in the furniture during the day, like the nightstand. They also can crawl into cracks in the wall, as they are paper-thin before feeding.

    Some people bring their own sheets, then wash and dry in hot dryer upon coming home.

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    I've heard that you should use hard suitcases, not the soft, zippered kind. If you only have the soft kind, then put ALL your items in a sealed, XLarge space bag inside the suitcase.
    And keep everything (purses, suitcases, camera bags, etc) off the floor and beds. Use the luggage rack instead (after checking it).
    When you get home shake all your clothes (in the suitcase) outside before throwing them into the wash.
    Good luck.

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    sleep in a wet suit? I have no idea.

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    I spent 11 nights in hotels in MArch and April and had no problem. Where are you going to be sleeping? I try to always stay in a Hampton Inn, they wash ALL the bedding every day.

    Honestly, there are so many things to worry about, I have sort of crossed this one off my list. If I reached the age of 54 and never encountered one, I am going to keep doing what I been doing.

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    Untuck the sheets and check the folds of the mattress for stains and little brown specks (their poo) before unpacking anything.

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    when you get in the door...put your suitcase in the tub while inspecting the room...
    I always unmake a portion of the bed to check for little red/brown specks.
    NEVER put your clothes in the drawers...I heard this from an exterminator...

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    I watched a program on TV about these little buggers. They live in the mattress along the sewn edges where the piping is sewn on. Then they come out at nite to feed on unsuspecting quests.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK
    sleep in a wet suit? I have no idea.
    (Love it.)
    I am not sure either. Google it?

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    Well I had a very bad experience in Fla. 5 years ago, I had bedbug bites all over. Had to go to the drug store and got all kinds of creams. I had to switch motels, take all my stuff, which most of it was brand new and wash and dry everything. I left my suitcases in the car so the heat would kill them, if they got into them. My whole vacation was shot. I called the board of health on the motel, i received one night stay refund, (big wop). I never had any problems at other motels and I have stayed in many, traveling around. Make sure you check out everything good in the motel................

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    I wonder if the "Off" Clip On would work. If it repels mosquitoes, you would think it would repel all insects.
    OR Take a can of Lysol Spray with you. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThreadHead
    I wonder if the "Off" Clip On would work. If it repels mosquitoes, you would think it would repel all insects.
    OR Take a can of Lysol Spray with you. lol
    I don't think either one will work...completely different type of insect,.

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    They have a spray you can use. It is in the area where you buy the Lice shampoo.

    I have allergies to dust mites so my carpet under the bed gets sprayed several times a year with this stuff.

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    i would walk into the room spray it with bug spray leave the room for awhile that will take care of it.

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    Suggestions: move the bed away from the walls...put a cup with water under the legs of the bed. The bugs can get up on the cup but will drown .
    Take duct tape and put it around each bed leg wit the sticky side out.
    Diatanateous Earth(like for pool filters) spread near the baseboards will kill them, (use that for slugs in the yard) It shreds their insides...death.
    Bring a plastic mattress cover to encase the mattress, bring own linen.
    Leave nothing on the foor.
    When you get home..wash all clothes right away.
    Put your luggage in a sealed trash bag and leave it in the sun for a few days.
    Never letkids bring their stuffed friends to hotels. never know what attaches to them.
    Ask at hotel if there has been a problem there with bedbugs.
    If it is a Chain call the headquarters ask about the bug situation in the ne yu will be in, Ask about the cleanliness ratings. (AAA has a lot of nfo like that.
    I did a lot of rsearch and talked to exterminators whenDD and friends had a great problem in their dorm room. After many tries to clear it and many months being seperated from their friends, an th room sealed for weeks on end, they moved back together to the same problem. The bugs were in side the wall. The college promised to rid the nest and to seal that room for a year. So no other girl would go through that/

    Never never pick up old couches, mattresses from any curbside
    Slash all mattresses and cushions. Tell that toal college bound kids and warn them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by great aunt jacqui
    Suggestions: move the bed away from the walls...put a cup with water under the legs of the bed. The bugs can get up on the cup but will drown .
    Take duct tape and put it arund each bed leg wit the sticky side out.
    Diatanateous Earth(like for pool filters) spread near the baseboards will kill them, (use that fr slugs in the yard) It shreds their insides...death.
    Bring a plastic mattress cover to encase the mattress, bring own linen.
    Leave nothing on the foor.
    When you get home..wah all clothes rightaway.
    Put your luggage in a sealed trash bag and leav it in the sun for a few days.
    Never letkids bring their stuffed friends to hotels. never know what attaches to them.
    Ask at hotel if there has been a problem there with bedbugs.
    If it is a Chain call the headquarters ask about the bug situation in the ne yu will be in, Ask about the cleanliness ratings. (AAA has a lot of nfo like that.
    I did a lot of rsearch and talked to exterminators whenDD and friends had a great problem in their dorm room. After many tries to clear it and many months being seperated from their friends, an th room sealed for weeks on end, they moved back together to the same problem. The bugs were in side the wall. The college promised to rid the nest and to seal that room for a year. So no other girl would go through that/
    I'm sorry, but if I had to go through all of this, I would just stay home. :)

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    Google "bed bug registry" This will tell you what hotels and apartments have been reported having these critters.

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    I shared a room at a writing conference with a friend whose background was in entomology. Before we took any luggage out of the car she examined all four corners and sides of each mattress for bedbugs and looked for spots of blood on the mattresses. We then brought our luggage inside. We still did not use any dresser drawers.

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    Do take the sheets off as far to sufficeintly look at the creases , piping and other folds in the mattress material. Look for small brown specks.
    Leave your luggage/tote bags etc. in the bathtub, as this tends to be the furthest point from the food source. When changing clothing immediately put the soiled items in a sealed plastic bag , leave no clothing laying around. Pack your items it the super sized z- loc bags they sell them in the grocery store.
    I travel alot for work, and always .. always check the mattress no matter how "good" the hotel claims to be. The idea of bringing that vermin home with me just too scary.

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    there are sprays you can buy,, one is made by a company here in Pittsboro, NC called Homs,inc.. all of their products are organic..

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    Debra K , I was reading all the ideas . Read yours and cracked up. lol Sounds like a plan to me.

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    We stay at Hampton Inn, Marriott or Country Inn & Suites and (knock on wood) haven't had any problems. It might be more of a problem in cities than traveling around in less populated areas also.

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    I always leave my clothes in my bag when I travel. Check the bed around the creases of the mattress.Wash your body and clothes before using bedding etc when you come home and you should be fine.

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    Have I been living under a rock or something? I never knew this was a problem. I have stayed in Hotels all over the country and the only time we had "bugs" was in Jamaica on our honeymoon 20 years ago - that, I expect. I guess I have been lucky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suern3
    Quote Originally Posted by great aunt jacqui
    Suggestions: move the bed away from the walls...put a cup with water under the legs of the bed. The bugs can get up on the cup but will drown .
    Take duct tape and put it arund each bed leg wit the sticky side out.
    Diatanateous Earth(like for pool filters) spread near the baseboards will kill them, (use that fr slugs in the yard) It shreds their insides...death.
    Bring a plastic mattress cover to encase the mattress, bring own linen.
    Leave nothing on the foor.
    When you get home..wah all clothes rightaway.
    Put your luggage in a sealed trash bag and leav it in the sun for a few days.
    Never letkids bring their stuffed friends to hotels. never know what attaches to them.
    Ask at hotel if there has been a problem there with bedbugs.
    If it is a Chain call the headquarters ask about the bug situation in the ne yu will be in, Ask about the cleanliness ratings. (AAA has a lot of nfo like that.
    I did a lot of rsearch and talked to exterminators whenDD and friends had a great problem in their dorm room. After many tries to clear it and many months being seperated from their friends, an th room sealed for weeks on end, they moved back together to the same problem. The bugs were in side the wall. The college promised to rid the nest and to seal that room for a year. So no other girl would go through that/
    I'm sorry, but if I had to go through all of this, I would just stay home. :)
    me too-stay home and sew

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