Many people are aware that they should always check their hotel room and be on the lookout for bed bugs in their accommodations when traveling; however, there are many other public locations where you need to be alert and aware of your surroundings if you want to avoid meeting some bed bugs.
#1 Yard Sales & Thrift Shops
When going through other people's secondhand goods, you never can really tell what to expect. If you love to go clothes shopping at yard sales and thrift shops, do not try on the clothes. Take any clothing that you purchase and seal it inside of a zip lock baggie, and put it straight in the washer when you get home. That is the best way to ensure that you don't bring any bed bugs home with your great deal.
If possible, try to avoid purchasing used mattresses as well as bed frames and headboards from both yard sales and thrift shops. These are the areas where bed bugs like to hang out the most, and even if you check the item over carefully, you may still bring home an unexpected visitor. When you need a new mattress, headboard, or bed frame, it's best to shop new.
When you take your clothing to a laundromat, you are exposing your clothing to numerous stranger's clothing. However, you can keep your clothing safe from bed bugs by not mixing or placing your dirty laundry next to anyone else. When you wash your laundry, make sure that you use the hottest water setting and the highest temperature setting; that way you can be sure that you'll kill any hitchhikers. When your laundry is done washing and drying, make sure that it doesn't come in contact with anyone else's clothing. If you want to fold your laundry at the laundromat, bring disinfectant wipes to wipe down the folding area and make sure no one else dumps their clothes right next to your work area.
#3 Movie Theaters
It can be easy to pick up bed bugs at movie theaters. The chairs are really comfortable and provide the perfect place for bed bugs to hide, and with so many different people coming in and out every day, you never know what someone may leave behind. When you go to the movies, don't bring lots of unnecessary extra belongings with you, such as big bags or extra coats in case it is cold inside of the theater. When you get home, don't sit on your couch or lounge around in the clothing that you wore to the movie theater; wash your clothing or run it through the dryer on a hot cycle to kill off any bugs you may have picked up.
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