THE WORST HAS happened: you’ve got bed bugs. There are good methods (though expensive!) to control bed bugs in and on furniture and luggage, and you can wash clothing and bedding. But what about all your STUFF?
Toys, photos, your iPhone, and your favorite bedside lamp? Anything with small nooks and crannies can harbor a bed bug, including keyboards, computers, books, and CD cases. If you bag up your books and personal keepsakes, treat for bed bugs, and then put your stuff back without any additional treatment, you can re-infest your living space. Adult bed bugs can live for over a year without feeding. That’s a really long time to keep all the random detritus of your house in bags.