Bed bugs are the stuff of nightmares for most people, and after the outbreak in Paris over the last weeks, they’re currently on everybody’s mind.
These tiny, blood-sucking pests can turn a peaceful night's sleep into a living nightmare. While the focus is often on treating the infestation in your mattress and furniture, it's equally important to protect your clothes, as bed bugs can easily infest your wardrobe. In this blog post, we'll explore how to get rid of bed bugs and keep your clothes protected.
First step, how do you identify bed bugs?
Bed bugs are small, reddish-brown insects that measure about 4-5 mm in length. They have flat, oval bodies and are often found in the corners around your bed. Signs of an infestation include small, itchy bites and tiny dark spots on your bedding.
Getting Rid of Bed Bugs
Wash and Dry: Machine wash and dry all your clothes, bedding, and curtains that may have been in contact with the infested area. Wash your clothes on a high 60-degree cycle, for an effective everyday detergent you can use our Signature Detergent or Basil & Mandarin Leaf Detergent.
For clothes you suspect to be infected, seal them in a plastic bag and leave them in the freezer for three to four days. You should also avoid moving infested items around your home to prevent spreading the infestation and store anything in plastic bags while you are waiting to wash or freeze them.
Clean: Bedbugs are often found in dirty places, so vacuum your mattress, furniture, carpet, and wardrobe thoroughly, especially in crevices and seams. Dispose of the vacuum bag or clean the canister outside to prevent the bugs from escaping.
Store Clothes Properly: Invest in airtight, zippered storage bags or containers for clothing that you don't frequently use. This prevents bed bugs from getting in or out. Leave a natural moth-repellent scent bag nearby to help deter the bed bugs coming near your garments.
Inspect Second-Hand Clothing: Be extra careful when purchasing second-hand clothing or furniture. You should always inspect items thoroughly before bringing them into your home, to help spot if they are carrying bed bugs.
How to Protect Your Clothes from Bed Bugs When Travelling
If you are travelling to Paris, or another city with an outbreak, then pop in a natural scent bag to help deter the pests from entering your suitcase.
Then when you arrive at your hotel, keep your clothes in your suitcase with your suitcase zipped up to prevent any bugs from getting near your clothes.
There you have our expert bed bug prevention tips so you do not take the Paris outbreak back home. From popping scent bags in your suitcase, to cleaning the space after an infestation, our tips help prevent any bed bugs ruining your wardrobe and night's sleep.
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