Can bedbugs be prevented?
Insect repellent does not keep bedbugs away, so the best way to prevent them is to avoid bringing them into your home. When you travel, be sure to inspect your bed for signs of bedbugs before you sleep in it. And, check your luggage when you get home to make sure no bugs have hidden in your bags or clothing. Inspect secondhand furniture thoroughly before bringing it into your home. If you buy secondhand clothes, bring them into your house in plastic bags, and wash them right away in hot water.
Finally, try to keep bedrooms free from clutter, which can give bedbugs more places to hide.
Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff