Bed bugs are known as the great hitchhikers of the animal world. They love to move from one location to another on people’s luggage, clothing, and bedding. This makes traveling an especially problematic activity if you are trying to avoid bed bugs. Luckily, there are things that can be done to avoid bringing bed bugs home with you after your vacation.
1. Take Precautions When Entering a Hotel Room
When you first enter your hotel room, take the appropriate steps to keep your luggage safe. Never set your luggage or belongings down on the bed or the luggage rack until you can inspect the room. A great place to stash your luggage until you are confident that the room is bed bug free is in the bathroom or on a table. These hard surfaces are less likely to have bed bugs.
The temperature usually drives them away. Most hotels have pretty strict standards, especially higher quality ones, getting them professionally carpet cleaned on a regular basis. It’s a good idea to look at news sites before deciding to use a certain hotel.
2. Perform an Inspection of the Room
Next, it is time to inspect the room. Start with the bed and bedding, which are the most likely places to find bed bugs. Pull back the bedding and examine the sheets. Look for signs of bed bugs, which may include: live or dead bugs, small red blood stains, black dots of excrement, pale yellow skins from molting, or cream colored bed bug eggs. Next, remove the bedding and check the mattress and box spring. Using a credit card and flashlight, examine the seams and piping around the edges of the mattresses. Then carefully examine all of the nooks and crannies of the bed frame. You can then move your search outward from the bed and check the nightstands, dressers, luggage racks, and other furniture in the room. If you want to be thorough, you can also check the perimeter of the room, which would include areas like drapes, wall hangings, and baseboards. If you find any signs of bed bugs, ask for another room that is not adjoining to your current room. If none of these searches turns up any signs of bed bug activity, rest easy and enjoy your stay.
3. Take Preventive Measures Upon Returning Home and Moving
After returning home from a trip, immediately take your luggage and clothing to the laundry room. Wash and dry your clothing on the hottest settings. The heat will kill any bed bug that may have hitched a ride, unbeknownst to you. By using these tips, chances are good that you will have a bed bug free trip.
Another time when Bed Bugs are extremely prevalent is when moving into a new home or apartment. In fact, one removal company estimates that about every fourth move, there is some kind of pest that needs taking care of. Since bedbugs live in and around furniture, it only makes sense to get them treated before attempting a move.
Unfortunately, no matter how careful you are, bed bugs may still find their way into your home. If you are concerned that you may have bed bugs, contact a pest control specialist that treats bed bugs. Bed bugs can be extremely difficult to get rid of, so you want to make sure that you hire someone who has the experience and training to get rid of them once and for all. If you are in need of Boise Pest Control, look no further than Comb’s Pest Control.