Bed bugs are incredibly resilient pests, and can live in many extreme conditions. Chemicals are relatively ineffective, and just scatter bed bugs from their current nesting place. Bed bugs feed on human blood, and do not live in dogs, cats or other animals. Bed bugs are not attracted to filth, dirt or unclean environments, they can be found in 5 star, high end hotels.
We don't want you to be completely paranoid of bed bugs, but if you are in public, avoid brushing up against other people.We show you how to prevent bed bugs, but you can always call us for more information 1-800-955-1890
What about Other Items?
In 2012 and 2013 the Toronto Public Library was neck deep in a serious bed bug problem. Many of their facilities were found to have bed bugs in their books. A recommendation was made to simply place your books in your freezer before reading, but the fact is, this will not kill bed bugs.
Since bed bugs are so incredibly resilient to cold, it seems that -18 degrees celsius, for sustained periods of time, is required to kill bed bugs. Place your recently borrowed books in a sealed freezer bag, and when you get home put your books in your dryer, as per our instructions below.
Any items that cannot be heated or thrown into a dryer will need to be inspected. You must ensure there are no tiny spaces that allow bed bugs to hide. In the worst case scenario, the item may have to be disposed.
Your dryer is the best solution
Heat is the only 100% effective method to kill bed bugs. Period, end of story. Nothing else works, it's just the way it is. The best way to kill bed bugs in your library books, or clothes that you suspect may have bed bugs, is to place them in the dryer. Now, don't just let the books tumble around in your dryer.
You can purchase a shelf for your dryer, and fan open the book while placing it on the dryer shelf. Leave the book in the dryer for an hour, on high heat. If you want to know how to prevent bed bugs, this is by far the best way to kill them yourself. Your dryer is your best friend, use it regularly.
Bed bugs are not going away
Bed bugs are a pestilence, and are here to stay, for the short term anyway. Your best method of prevention is education. Be aware of your surroundings, understand what bed bugs look like, and the signs of bed bugs. If you go to a hotel, don't just throw your clothes on the bed or chair, search your room first. Look in the head boards, the chair in the corner of the room and in folds of the bed.
Once you return home, put your clothes, and luggage in a dryer for at least an hour. If your luggage is too big for the dryer, maybe you can invest in soft luggage, or while you are travelling, keep your luggage in the hotel's bathtub.
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