1. Check your mattress and box spring every time you change bed linen or check-in to a hotel. Look for dark brown spots (stains of blood and faeces!) On the mattress as a sign that you may be infected with bed bugs.
2. Vacuum mattresses, box springs, and headboards regularly with a vacuum to remove insects and eggs. Immediately empty the emptying bag or canister into an outdoor trash can. Steam can be used in hard-to-reach areas and can be very effective.
3. Consider bedding, pillow, and box box spring to keep insects from getting warm.
4. Pull the beds away from the wall and keep bed clutter to a minimum to reduce bread grains.
5. Unloading bags and backpacks outside or in the garage. The washing tools can be washed with hot water and high heat.
If you do not control pests in your home, you will likely need a professional pest management company. As the German playwright Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, "Precaution is better than cure."
This post is part of our Insect Prevention Guide, which includes many tips on getting rid of insects.