It is extremely important to observe very strict protocol in regards to keeping your bed a Safe Zone. Although these protocols are likely above and beyond what is necessary we find that with bed bugs you can never be too careful, and knowing that your bed is a safe area that you can get a good night’s rest in is incredibly valuable for your own health and well-being.
Never cross the bed perimeter without first stripping off all of your clothes. When you are going through the process of ridding your home of bed bugs, you want to always assume that clothes you have been wearing around your home are contaminated with bed bugs. Are there actually bed bugs on your clothes? Probably not, but it’s impossible to completely rule out so for the purpose of keeping your bed a Safe Zone, you must think of anything you are wearing as potentially contaminated. The only clothes that are safe are those that have been laundered/heat treated and which are subsequently stored in sealed plastic bags. Before going to your bed, strip off all of your clothes outside of the perimeter and then, only when you are totally naked, step over the line of diatomaceous earth to get into bed. Have your freshly laundered/heat treated pajamas in a sealed plastic bag waiting for you on your bed.
Hint: We love giant Ziplock bags for storing freshly laundered/heat treated clothes. When sealed shut the bags are impermeable to bed bugs. And they also open easily, allowing convenient access to your clothing.