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Bedbug Prevention Tips

  • Wash all bedding regularly in hot water. The water should be at least 120 degrees.
  • Use bed bug encasements on all mattresses and box springs. Encasements will be provided by the Thomaston Housing Authority and charged to the resident as a preventative line of attack/plan.
  • Check your own bed for bed bugs from time to time. Catching them early will make bedbug treatment easier if bed bugs do occur.
  • Vacuum floors regularly. Use the brush tool of your vacuum to vacuum your mattress. Use the crevice tool to vacuum crevices in the mattress and your baseboards.
  • Clean up clutter to reduce hiding spots.
  • Caulk holes in floors and walls.
  • When purchasing second hand clothing, place all garments in a sealed bag until they can be washed and place in a dryer on high heat for 15 to 30 minutes.
  • If you purchase used furniture, examine it for bed bugs. Pay special attention to used mattresses and bed frames.
  • When traveling, check your room for signs of bed bugs such as bloodstains on the pillows or linens. Inspect mattress seams, look behind headboards and pictures. If you suspect you may have brought bed bugs home, place infected items in the dryer or freezer.
  • After you return from a trip, check your luggage for insects that might have hitched a ride.