Health Tip: Help Keep Bed Bugs at Bay

(HealthDay News) -- Bed bugs can hide in furniture, luggage and clothing, causing itchy, painful bites.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency suggests how to help prevent bed bug infestations:

  • Carefully inspect any secondhand couches, beds and other furniture for signs of bed bugs.

  • Protect any mattress and box spring with a cover. Make sure it is of good quality and light in color, Remember to inspect it frequently for tears and bed bugs.

  • Cut down on clutter throughout your home to provide fewer areas for bed bugs to hide.

  • If staying in a hotel, keep luggage up on racks, not on the floor.

  • Inspect hotel mattresses and headboards carefully.

  • When you return from a trip, put clothing directly into the washing machine. Carefully check luggage for bed bugs.

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