Bed Bug Invasion: Top tips on how to avoid them from washing the sheets to vacuuming

It’s that time of year again when bed bugs are invading homes across the UK – but you needn’t suffer if you follow these handy tips

Pesky bed bugs can drive us crazy - but there are steps you can take to minimize the risk
Pesky bed bugs can drive us crazy – but there are steps you can take to minimize the risk

It’s that time of year again when those pesky bed bugs like to get in touch with us.

And the cost of living crisis potentially makes them an even greater threat as many of us unknowingly bring them into our homes via used furniture.

That is why MatressNextDay experts urge people to check the items thoroughly before buying them.

Moving between houses is very easy for these tiny critters, who hide in the smallest cracks, making them difficult to spot. While their bites are usually fairly harmless, an infestation is not something you want in your home.

That NHS says signs of bed bugs are:

  • Blood stains on your bedding – from bites or squashing a bug
  • Small brown spots on bedding or furniture (bed bug feces)
  • Bites – often on exposed areas while sleeping, such as the face, neck, and arms

Bed bugs are a real nuisance so it is important to get rid of them as soon as possible as females can lay up to 500 eggs in a two month period. These eggs will then hatch in about a week.

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A closeup of a bed bug


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Bed bugs are small, oval, brownish, flat-bodied insects that resemble an apple seed in size and color. You can also tell a bed bug apart by bites you’ve received.

They typically nibble on exposed areas of the body, such as the head, arms, and legs. The bites usually occur in groups and appear as red raised bumps with a dark spot in the center.

Here are some helpful tips from MattressNextDay to prevent bed bugs in your home:

Try not to buy used upholstered furniture

Once a bed bug has established itself in upholstered furniture, it is impossible to detect it. If the person selling the upholstery item cleaned or vacuumed it without noticing that bed bugs were present, then the superficial signs that bed bugs are present are also absent.

Unfortunately, using strong chemicals to destroy the bed bugs only results in leaving them dead inside, leaving behind a chemical residue that you can’t wash out.

Wash your bedding thoroughly at least once a week

Dirty items are a bed bug’s best friend, so make sure you wash your linens at least once a week to avoid the build-up of bacteria that could attract them. Washing at 60°C is the best temperature to kill bacteria. However, remember that you need a strong detergent to keep your sheets soft.

Vacuum bed bug hotspots weekly

Doing this at least once a week should discourage potential bed bugs from traveling further. Make sure all bed bug hotspots like baseboards, under sofa cushions and under the bed are vacuumed.

Plump for second-hand wooden furniture with little to no crevices to hide in

Bed bugs are tiny, so hiding in the folds of a lampshade or inside a clock is a cinch for them. However, there are used items worth buying that pose a lower risk, such as: B. hard surfaces to be cleaned with few or few to no gaps.

Hard surfaces such as solid wood and plastic are also best. For example bookshelves, bedside tables, tables and chests of drawers. However, be sure to thoroughly inspect each item before purchasing. To do this, shine a flashlight into narrow openings and inspect them with a magnifying glass.

Clean up your house so they have fewer places to hide

By cleaning your home and removing unnecessary clutter, you ensure bed bugs have fewer places to hide. The more items you own, the more places bed bugs have to cling to and go undetected. The clutter also increases the difficulty of eliminating the bugs once found.

Never use cardboard to store your belongings

Bed bugs love a bit of cardboard, so if you buy a few items from someone and give them to them in a box, remove the items before you take them home. Likewise, you should try to unpack your boxes as soon as possible after the move. Finally, if you have cardboard boxes in stock, swap them out for a plastic container instead.

All that remains to be said is sleep well tonight – don’t let bed bugs bite you!

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