While bed bug bites do not transmit diseases, they do leave itchy welts that can be quite uncomfortable. If you get exposed to bed bugs while you are away from home, you run the risk of bringing those bugs back into your house. Once they are inside, they can quickly spread to many areas within your home and can be much more difficult to get rid of. Here are some precautions you should take to ensure that you avoid taking bed bugs home with you.
Isolate Your Clothes
While baby bed bugs are translucent, flat, and hard to see, bed bugs that have feasted on blood be a red color and a bit bigger. The bugs tend to hide in your clothing rather than stick to your body, which is why it's so important to isolate your clothes.
Before you step into your home, you'll want to take off all your clothing that you think could be infested and put the items in a sealed plastic bag. You should be doing this in a place that is not on carpet fibers, such as in your garage. If a bed bug falls to the ground, you'll be able to see it much easier on the concrete surface.
Do the same for shoes, bags, or anything else made of fabric that you had with you.
Kill Potential Bed Bugs
You do not need to throw away anything that you believe is exposed to bed bugs, but you do need to treat them in a way that will kill any bugs that could be hiding on them.
For clothing, you can run them through a washing machine on the hottest water cycle that the clothing will allow. For items that cannot be easily washed, like shoes, you can freeze these items to get rid of the potential bugs. Keep them in a sealed plastic bag, and place them in a freezer that is set below 0°F. Keep them in the freezer for 4 days.
Hire Professional Help
If you're worried that bed bugs made it into your home despite your precautions, hire professionals to help get rid of them. Put any bed bugs that you find and put them in a plastic bag for evidence. You'll want to show this to an exterminator so that they can verify that you are actually infested with bed bugs. If you live in an apartment complex you should notify your landlord because the infestation could spread to other units.
By following these tips, you'll be able to keep the bed bugs away or exterminate them for good. For additional info on bed bug extermination, contact a professional exterminator.