11. Assume They’re Everywhere
The most common mistake that people make when getting rid of bedbugs is not treating the infestation seriously enough. Bedbugs will reside anywhere people sleep or sit for a significant amount of time. This means that the bugs in your bedroom have probably already migrated to your living room couch or even your office chair.
It’s also important to treat carpets, blinds, curtains, window frames, outlets, light switches, pictures, posters, and wall-mounted clocks.If you don’t take the steps to disinfect your home properly, bed bug eggs can survive and cause another infestation.
If this isn’t your first infestation, consider consulting a non-toxic exterminator to get the job done.
12. Isolate your Suitcases and Travel Bags
Bed bugs love to live in high-traffic areas where people sleep, like hotels and hostels.
If you don’t take the time to properly research your hotel before booking, and inspect the bedding before sleeping, you might end up being feasted upon once you shut your eyes. Bedbugs in hotels don’t just stay on the bed: they often burrow into your clothing and suitcases and follow you home.
If you have the misfortune of staying in an infested hotel, double-bag your all suitcases and travel gear and bag the clothes off your back once you’re home.
Clean everything following the instructions above. It may seem like a hassle, but it will save you the headache of disinfecting your home again.