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How Do You Get Bed Bugs in Your Bed?

Afraid of bringing bed bugs back from hotel stays? Ha! Hotels are the least of your worries: The little buggers are everywhere.

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A close-up view of a bedbug

Bed bugs are hard to avoid. Image: Piotr Naskrecki/CDC

Bed bug hysteria flames up periodically, transforming otherwise sane home owners into paranoid cleanaphobics, subjecting clothes to a Silkwood-like decontamination after every hotel stay. Some people even microwave library books to kill real or imagined invaders. (Don’t try this in your home: Microwaving can melt binding glue and burn pages.)

Get real, guys. Bed bugs are everywhere, mostly likely 8 feet from any place you rest your head.

  • Behind wallpaper and telephone switches
  • In alarm clocks
  • Dressers
  • Homes of friends and family
  • Car seats
  • Cloak rooms
  • Dorm rooms
  • Buses, trains, planes, taxis

Face it: If a bed bug’s got your name on it, the pest is going to make your home its home.

Our solution: Live your life, then call a bed bug pro to wipe out the pests when/if they invade.

lisa-kaplan-gordon Lisa Kaplan Gordon

is an avid gardener, a member of the Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association, and a builder of luxury homes in McLean, Va. She’s been a Homes editor for Gannett News Service and has reviewed home improvement products for AOL. Follow Lisa on Google+.

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