If you're scrounging flea markets
to furnish your apartment, don't take home the fleas. Or bedbugs, for that matter.
Bedbugs, which used to be considered a Charles-Dickens'-era problem, are back in a big way in several large metro areas, notably New York City. Here are a few tips to avoid a potentially expensive, and nasty, problem.
Resist the Freebie Furniture on the Street
Truly: in New York City and other cities you can find some great furniture finds on the street. Resist. You never know if that chair has "friends."
Don't Buy Used Mattresses
Bedding is a favorite bedbug location. Instead opt for an inexpensive option. IKEA even sells mattresses.
Caulk Cracks and Crevices
If your neighbor has bedbugs they can reach you through cracks and crevices. Caulk them shut!
Keep Your Apartment Clean
Bedbugs love dust and grime. Keep your apartment clean and tidy as a preventative measure. Here are three green cleaning options.
If You Get Bedbugs...
Go medieval on them. Spray Blackjack
(a pesticide) on everything except your clothing, bedding, and mattress. Wash everything you own in hot water. Enlist the help of those who have experienced bedbugs and lived to tell the tale.