Did you know that your vacuum can harbor bed bugs? Think about it, vacuums suck up small particles, including bed bugs and bed bug eggs. Vacuums have lots of nooks and crannies for bed bugs and bed bug eggs to hide: the rug beater, the corrugated hose, the filters, the bag or the dirt receptacle.

To prevent spreading bed bugs, every time you finish vacuuming, immediately place the vacuum bag in a sealed plastic bag and dispose of it in a trash receptacle outdoors. If you have a bagless vacuum, the contents of the canister should be emptied into a trash bag and tied shut. The canister should then be washed to remove any remaining bed bugs or eggs. Also wash or replace the vacuum filters.

Do you have a housekeeper? Insist that your housekeeper use your vacuum and not bring one in from the outside. After all, you don’t want anyone else’s bed bugs either.

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