Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite!?!?!

Remember when you were young and your parents used to tuck you into bed at night and they would say that famous bedtime quote? “Nighty, nite and don’t let the bedbugs bite”. Well now that saying has more meaning to it than ever. During the past couple of months there has been an outbreak of bedbugs showing up here in the US more than ever. No one or place is immune to it. Famous locations such as the Elle Magazine offices, The Waldorf Astoria Hotel and The Howard Stern Show studios have been affected. Being that I love fashion and mostly blog on this subject this is an important subject to discuss. There are many precautions to take when wearing clothing, sleeping on sheets and everyday circumstances that you must know. I received an email this morning with tips on how to prevent bedbugs so I felt that I must share with my readers:


Since much of our clothing, sheets, towels, etc. now comes from companies outside of America , (sad but true), even the most expensive stores sell foreign clothing from China , Indonesia , etc. The bed bugs are coming in on the clothing as these countries do not consider them a problem. It is recommended that if you buy any new clothing, even underwear and socks, sheets, towels, etc. that you bring them into the house and put them in your clothes dryer for at least 20 minutes. The heat will kill them and their eggs. DO NOT PURCHASE CLOTHES AND HANG THEM IN THE CLOSET FIRST. It does not matter what the price range is of the clothing, or if the outfit comes from the most expensive store known in the U.S. They still get shipments from these countries and the bugs can come in a box of scarves or anything else for that matter. That is the reason why so many stores, many of them clothing stores have had to shut down in NYC and other places. If you buy clothing from a thrift shop or a yard sale, make sure it is washed in hot water before wearing it. All you need is to bring one item into the house that has bugs or eggs and you will go to hell and back trying to get rid of them.

Bella Styles BedBug Tips:

– I get alot of clothing shipped to me from oversees so I suggest before wearing anything, US made or abroad, take it to the cleaners. Especially if it’s a good fabric that you wouldn’t want to shrink in the washer, dry clean it. Here in Virginia we have very inexpensive cleaners called “The $1.99 cleaners. Try a place like that where you can be budget conscious.

-Wash all bedsheets before using them. I don’t care the thread count or what top store you got them from, WASH THEM BEFORE USING!

– When traveling, wrap your luggage in plastic if at all possible. In a terminal recently I saw a traveler with his suitcase all wrapped up and couldn’t figure out why. Now I know. Better safe than sorry.

– When you check into a hotel room, use the luggage stand instead of putting your suitcase on the floor

-I use slipcovers on my sofa. It may just be one of my OCD issues but that way I can wash it whenever I feel like it and not have direct germs, or bedbugs, or the sofa itself

– Use a mattress pad on your bed. A mattress pad is washable and that way you can clean it often and it’s a separator between your actual mattress and your flat sheet