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Camp 101: How to Prevent Bed Bugs

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Hey, Camp Folks!

As a kid at summer camp, the last thing you want is bed bugs in your bunk or cabin (as a parent, the thought of bed bugs near your child isn’t exactly comforting either). Because many summer camps are located in rustic, remote locations that often lack modern amenities—and because camps harbor kids from vastly different regions of the globe—they are at an especially high risk of bed bug infestations. In this short guide, our summer camp experts here at Everything Summer Camp give you tips and tricks on how to prevent bed bugs from infesting your bed and belongings at summer camp. Read on to learn more, and shop brand-name summer camp products with us today!

Keep Your Space Clean
We realize that this first tip can be a bit tough to do at summer camp. After all, the great outdoors is dirty by nature. Still, it’s important to keep your space clean and uncluttered. Doing so will greatly reduce the number of hiding spots for bed bugs in your cabin or cot. (Parents, you may want to pack a portable vacuum to clean your child’s space before dropping him or her off for the summer.)

Protect Your Belongings
Believe it or not, bed bugs are almost always brought into summer camp by people, not the great outdoors. With this in mind, you should always take great care to keep your belongings separate from other people’s stuff. (You never know who may have a bed bug or several hiding in their bedding or clothing.) Keep your laundry in its own laundry bag and store clothes, blankets, and other personal items in your own camp trunk. Also, consider investing in a specialized bed bug-repelling mattress cover like those from Bed Bug 911.

Wear Insect Repellent
While insect repellent is most effective at repelling outdoor insects such as mosquitoes and ticks, it can also be effective at keeping bed bugs off of your body. Bed bugs spread into spaces by a hitching ride on clothing and luggage — they’ll be less inclined to do so when bug repellent products are applied liberally.

Learn More
Want to learn more about how you can prevent bed bugs in your space at summer camp? We’re here to help you out. Contact our team to speak with one of our summer camp experts directly!

As always, thanks for reading!


- John


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