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After seeing bedbugs on travel show, determined to prevent them. But what if I bring them in by accident from the outside?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
6 doctors agree

In brief: Get house treated

See a good exterminator and have your house and belongings disinfected.

In brief: Get house treated

See a good exterminator and have your house and belongings disinfected.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Then get rid of them

Declutter entire bedroom ; other effected rooms.
Check site: http://treatmentforbedbugs.Com/ put all junk in tightly sealed plastic ; dispose of it. Wash clothing, linens, towels in hot water. Dry on highest heat - then repeat. Place clean items in a sealed bag to prevent re-infestation. Steam clean what can't go in drier. Vacuum everything using a disposable bag. Seal bag ; dispose. Next, >.

In brief: Then get rid of them

Declutter entire bedroom ; other effected rooms.
Check site: http://treatmentforbedbugs.Com/ put all junk in tightly sealed plastic ; dispose of it. Wash clothing, linens, towels in hot water. Dry on highest heat - then repeat. Place clean items in a sealed bag to prevent re-infestation. Steam clean what can't go in drier. Vacuum everything using a disposable bag. Seal bag ; dispose. Next, >.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Next, use a STEAM cleaner everywhere (cracks & crevices). Use non-toxic spray after cleaning or use fossil shell dust. You may need to repeat process more than once. Now w this said- it's a tough job – you may want to use an exterminator specializing in bed bug removal.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Now that it's winter, leaving your suitcase outside in freezing temperatures overnight may kill off the few bedbugs or eggs hiding in it.
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Treat amd remove.

Management is with pesticides (pyrethroids, dichlorvos and malathion), and other approaches.
These include vacuuming up the insects and heat treating or wrapping mattresses. Resistance to other pesticides can occur. The carbamate insecticide propoxur is highly toxic to bed bugs, but is not yet approved in the U.S. Because it might be toxic to kids.

In brief: Treat amd remove.

Management is with pesticides (pyrethroids, dichlorvos and malathion), and other approaches.
These include vacuuming up the insects and heat treating or wrapping mattresses. Resistance to other pesticides can occur. The carbamate insecticide propoxur is highly toxic to bed bugs, but is not yet approved in the U.S. Because it might be toxic to kids.
Dr. Joseph Woods
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