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Bed Bug Protection Tips. Austin Sumner, MD, MPH, State Epidemiologist – Environmental Health August 12, 2009. Bed bugs don’t play favorites. Anyone can get bed bugs

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bed bug protection tips

Bed Bug Protection Tips

Austin Sumner, MD, MPH, State Epidemiologist – Environmental Health

August 12, 2009

bed bugs don t play favorites
Bed bugs don’t play favorites
  • Anyone can get bed bugs
  • In most cases, people carry bed bugs into their homes unknowingly – in infested luggage, furniture, bedding, or clothing. Bed bugs may also travel between apartments through small crevices and cracks in walls and floors.
what are bed bugs
What are bed bugs?
  • Wingless insects that feed on blood
  • Three stages: egg, juvenile, adult
  • Small but visible at all stages
  • Usually found in beds
  • Can be found anywhere in a room
  • Can not fly or jump
  • Can run fast and climb
what are the health risks
What are the health risks?
  • Bites - must bite to feed on blood
  • Reactions to bites vary widely
  • Most common symptom is itchy welts
  • Scratching welts may cause infection
  • Never shown to pass disease to humans
  • If you experience allergic reactions or severe skin reactions, contact your doctor
more about bites
More about bites
  • Bites look similar to other insect bites
  • Usually bite exposed skin
  • Can bite under loose clothing
  • Most often bite at night in the dark
  • Under stress may bite during the day
general protection tips home visitors
General Protection Tips: Home Visitors
  • Carry as few extra items with you as possible
  • Do not bring bags or personal items inside
  • Consider bringing a portable stool, and sit toward the middle of the room
  • If stool not possible, sit on hard chair
  • Do not sit on beds or plush furniture
  • Check clothing after visit and before entering car
  • Put belongings in clear plastic bags
protection tips field workers
Protection Tips: Field Workers
  • Use separate clothes and shoes for field work
  • Shake clothes outside before entering car
  • Change clothes at work
  • Seal field clothes in clear plastic bag for laundering
  • Inspect own living and work space regularly
protection tips in the office
Protection Tips: In the Office
  • Limit personal belongings clients bring in
  • Limit plush furniture
  • Inspect office regularly
  • Hire pest control at any sign of bed bugs
basic inspection tips
Basic Inspection Tips
  • Check for small stains on furniture and bedding
  • Look for shed skins, amber in color
  • Check crevices
  • Check screw and nail holes
  • Turn over furniture to check underside
  • Pull out drawers and inspect all sides
protection tips maintenance workers
Protection Tips: Maintenance Workers
  • Wear Tyvek suit or other coveralls
  • Seal coveralls in plastic bag after use and discard
  • Dedicate a vacuum for pest control
getting rid of bed bugs
Getting Rid of Bed Bugs
  • Clean and organize living area
  • Reduce clutter
  • Bag and remove bedding and clothes
  • Use HOT dryer for 30 minutes for plush toys, shoes, coats
  • Isolate clean items until bed bugs are gone
  • Caulk holes in floors and walls
  • Consider getting mattress and pillow covers
  • Scrub mattress seams with stiff brush
  • Vacuum mattresses, bed frames, furniture, floors, and carpets - especially around bed and furniture posts
  • Put vacuum cleaner bag in a sealed plastic bag immediately after vacuuming
  • Dispose of sealed bag in outside container
  • Clean linens, curtains, rugs, carpets, and clothes
  • Wash and dry bedding and clothes on HOT
avoiding pick up and spread
Avoiding Pick Up and Spread
  • Inspect luggage after traveling
  • Wash donated clothing on HOT before wearing
  • Do not pick up discarded items on the street
  • Inspect any used furniture or other purchases
  • Wrap infested items in plastic before discarding
  • Deface infested items to prevent reuse
  • Label discarded items “infested with bed bugs” to prevent reuse