There are several steps you can take to help prevent bed bugs in your everyday life. Regular
bed bug inspections are the best line of defense to help you avoid a bed bug infestation.
Here are some other prevention tips to keep in mind:
• Regularly inspect areas where pets sleep for signs of bed bugs such as pepper-like stains,
molted bed bug skins and white, sticky eggs.
• Never bring second-hand furniture, especially mattresses and box springs, into a home or
college dorm without thoroughly examining it for signs of a bed bug infestation.
• At hotels, thoroughly inspect the entire room before unpacking, including behind the
headboard and in furniture. Pull back the bed sheets and check the mattress seams for
pepper-like stains that may be evidence of bed bug activity.
• If you suspect an infestation or problem, notify management and change rooms
immediately. Be sure the new room is not adjacent to or directly below or above the
possibly infested room.
• Keep suitcases in plastic trash bags or protective covers during a hotel stay to prevent bed
bugs from nesting there. Do not put them on the beds.
• Upon returning home from a trip, inspect all suitcases and other belongings before
bringing them into the house.
• Wash all clothes – even those that have not been worn – in hot water and dry them using
an extra-hot dryer setting