Isolating a Bed

1. Follow the instructions at http://cchealth.org/bedbugs/pdf/How-to-Make-Your-Bed-a-Safe-Haven-from-Bed-Bugs.pdf

1a. If your bed is on the floor, follow http://cchealth.org/bedbugs/pdf/How-to-Protect-a-Mattress-on-the-Floor-from-Bed-Bugs.pdf

2. Home-made bed interceptor for bed bugs

2. For making a home-made interceptor to place under your bed legs, you can follow the instructions at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in1022

3. Plastic sheets on bed so bed bugs can’t climb on to you from below

Materials needed: scissors, two plastic sheets (plastic tarp used to protect floors while painting walls) large enough to drape over your mattress and your box spring so that they plastic touches the floor on all four sides.

3a. Drape a plastic sheet (plastic tarp used to protect floors while painting walls) on top of your box spring while the mattress is not on your box spring. To make sure the plastic doesn’t move around, apply double-sided tape or duct tape folded over at the four corners, or more, between the top of the box spring and the plastic. The plastic sheet should not touch the floor, and be about four inches above the floor (cut it to size) so that bed bugs can’t stand up and grab on to it to climb on to your bed. They have a tough time climbing plastic, so this will make it more difficult for them to get on to you, even if they manage to climb up your bed legs and on to your box spring or mattress.

3b. Put your mattress back on to the box spring, careful not to move the plastic. Now drape a plastic sheet on top of your mattress following the same procedure as in step 3a.

4. Barriers for above, since bed bugs may drop down from the ceiling on to you

Materials needed: scissors, light-colored wide masking tape, clear shipping tape

4a. Place masking tape on the ceiling around the perimeter of your room (protect your paint). If your shipping tape is wider than your masking tape, than put two lines of masking tape up, side-by-side

4b. Place the clear shipping tape on top of the masking tape. This makes it too slippery for bed bugs to hang on to upside down. Thus, they can’t drop on to you from above. If you want, you can coat the shipping tape with talcum powder to make it even more slippery by dipping a cotton ball or tissue in talcum powder and rubbing it on the shipping tape

5. Bed Bug-Proof Tent

5a. There are a few tents meant to keep bed bugs out. The EcoKeeper is one. It is not 100% full proof, and none of them are at the time I am writing this article, as the zipper is not the bed bug-proof kind that they cannot enter. Bed bugs are small enough to pass through regular zippers, like the one on this tent. Putting masking tape over the zipper when I’m inside the zipper. Also, it’s a good idea to keep a pan of warm soapy water outside the tent and wash your feet and legs before you enter, right after a shower, so that you don’t take any bed bugs in with you.

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