Bed Bug Safe Procedures for Entering Your Home

If you’ve had a bed bug treatment in or near San Jose, CA, or if you’d like to prevent the need for a bed bug treatment, then this advice is for you!

I get this questions from my customers a lot: I travel a lot, or I watch a lot of movies at the cinema, or I volunteer at a homeless shelter, how can I prevent bringing bed bugs home?

My answer is always as follows: Bed bugs can be everywhere. Anytime you leave your home to move through public places where you could be sitting or lying down, or coming in contact with others, you could be exposed to bed bugs without knowing it.

Control what you can, forget the rest.

Instead of worrying about whether or not you might be exposed to bed bugs (eventually, you will), control what you have control over, and forget the rest. You can not control whether or not you are exposed to bed bugs in public. You can control whether or not you bring those bed bugs into your home. Control what you can, forget the rest.

Control what you can, forget the rest.

Create a system of quarantine OUTSIDE YOUR HOME so that everything you bring with you from a public place goes into a plastic bin, before you enter your home. All clothing items come off, everything being carried, goes into the plastic bin. You enter your home with nothing on, dress in safe clothes, and then you can return to deal with the contents of that bin. Anything that can be sent through the dryer should be dried on high heat for at least 30 minutes. Then it can be presumed safe.

Anything that cannot be sent through the dryer, should remain in that bin until it’s been completely inspected. If you have something that is diffult to inspect completely, like a purse, it stays in the bin until you go out again, and goes back into the bin when you return. These items never come inside your home, outside that bin.

If you do this reliably, you will see the bugs caught in the bin the next time you a dispersing bed bug tries to hitch hike into your home. Every time you see this you can pop yourself on the forehead and declare “I just saved myself $2000”.

Important note: do not fill the bin so much that a bed bug can climb over the side. The reason this bin works well is because bed bugs cannot fly or jump, and cannot climb the smooth sides of the bin. Providing them a path over the side of the bin will defeat this system.

Control what you can, forget the rest.

Bed bugs can make you crazy, can cause neurosis, and can decrease your quality of life. Don’t let them make you crazy. Take reasonable precautions (use bed bug safe entry procedures when entering your home, force all house members and guests to do the same, inspect your bedding and bed every time you change your bed linens, use bed bug encasement on your mattress and box spring), and stop worrying about anything else regarding bed bugs until you see one of the red flags of a bed bug infestation. Don’t let this tiny bug decrease your quality of life. Control what you can, forget the rest.

 

Bed Bug Dog in San Jose and San Francisco

Bed Bug Dog in San Jose and San Francisco

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