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Health Tip: Keep Bed Bugs at Bay

Check secondhand furniture for infestation
(HealthDay News) -- People who travel or buy used furniture should make sure they haven't brought home any unwanted guests: bed bugs.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers this advice:
Carefully inspect any second-hand mattress, couch or other furniture for signs of bed bug infestation before bringing it home. Place a protective cover over your mattress and box spring. Check the cover often for any tears. Keep your home clean and clutter-free. At a hotel or lodge, place luggage on a rack, rather than on the floor or bed. Inspect the mattress and headboard at a hotel before using the bed. Once home, carefully inspect luggage. Unpack directly into the washing machine.
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