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(PIX11) — As reports of bed bugs crawling aboard New York City subways continue to emerge, learn how to prevent and treat an infestation should a critter attach itself to you.

Here are ways to prevent a bed bug infestation, according to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene:

  • Bed bugs can enter homes by latching onto used  furniture, luggage and clothing, and by traveling along connecting pipes and wiring.
  • Never bring bed frames, mattresses, box springs or upholstered furniture found on the street into your home. Check all used or rented furniture for bed bugs.
  • When traveling, inspect the bed and furniture. Keep suitcases off the floor and bed, and inspect them before you leave.
  • If you suspect you have been around bed bugs, immediately wash and dry your clothing on hot settings or store it in a sealed plastic bag until you can.
  • Seal cracks and crevices with caulk, even if you don’t have bed bugs. This will help prevent bed bugs and other pests from coming in.
 For more information on how to get rid of those creepy crawlers, visit the official website of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

4 comments

  • Mike Morin

    Great article and tips, Chris! Another tip that is recommend when travelling is keeping luggage away and closed from areas where bed bugs hide –for instance, beds, walls, etc..

    • Worried Traveller

      Thanks for the comment, Mike. Chris or Mike — Do you have recommendations on where you should place the bag in the hotel room? I’m not sure, but I think there are bed bugs in my hotel room, and I don’t want to bring them back to my home!!

      • Mike Morin

        Happy to help. First of all, if you suspect having bed bugs in your hotel room you should immediately contact the staff to take care of the issue. The best place to place your bags would be in the bath tub or shower. Storing in this area is ideal because bed bugs don’t climb on smooth surfaces, and typically, not found in bathrooms.

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