Is there a way to prevent bed bugs from biting you? That’s a question often asked by people who fear they have bed bug infestations in their home, and the answer is “yes and no.”
Unfortunately, no, there aren’t bed bug “repellents” that you can spray on your skin to keep them from feeding on you. For one thing, repellents wear off. Even more importantly, bed bugs have repeatedly shown a resistance to the chemicals contained in consumer insect repellents.
But, yes, there are things you can do to prevent bed bug bites.
Bed-bug resistant mattress, pillow, and furniture covers
There are encasements specifically designed to keep bed bugs off of you, with material, zippers and seals specifically designed to keep bed bugs from getting out.
On your bed, it’s best to use mattress encasements in conjunction with ActiveGuard liners, which actually kill the bed bugs and prevent reinfestation instead of simply preventing them from attacking you. These liners are odorless and designed for comfort.
Climbup Insect Interceptors
These pesticide-free cups are placed under the feet of beds and other furniture. A thin layer of talc makes them too slippery for the bugs to crawl out of the cups, which they fall into as they are trying to climb in or out of the bed, couch, or other piece of furniture. Not only do these cups prevent bed bug bites, they are also useful in determining where the bed bugs have nested.
Specially designed vapor steamers can kill bed bugs with their heat and include jet tips for spraying in cracks and crevices.
Call a pest-control specialist
The surest way to prevent bed bug bites if you suspect they are in your home is to call a pest-control expert, who can find any infestation and eradicate the problem. Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to remove, so this is a step you’ll need to eventually take if you want to completely stop worrying about bed bug bites.
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