Summer is here, which for many of us means fun vacations. Kids are out of school and the warm weather makes everyone itching to head out of town on a trip. While it is important to give in to your travel bug, you want to travel with peace of mind that no actual bugs will be involved in your adventures.
Bed bugs thrive in hotels and rental spaces due to the large number of people that occupy a confined space. In fact, 75 percent of pest control professionals have encountered bed bug infestations in hotels and motels according to a NPMA report. Sleep with ease on vacation by following these tips to avoid giving bed bugs a free vacation of their own.
- First, do a complete inspection of the place particularly the bed. Pull back sheets and carefully inspect mattress stains, specifically corners. Check for spots and stains on the bed. Beware of things like black fecal matter, transparent eggs, and even exoskeletons shed by live bugs. Another spot to check is behind the headboard.
- Once you’ve examined the bed, check out the entire room. Particular areas to be on the lookout of are upholstered furniture (couches and chairs), folded linens (towels, washcloths, etc.), curtains, and even cracks in the walls.
- Bed bugs are least likely to be found in the restroom. Try storing your luggage in the bathroom for added protection against them.
- If keeping your luggage in the restroom isn’t your thing, consider putting your suitcase and belongings in a plastic bag or protective cover for the duration of your stay. Storing luggage in places other than the ground or second spare bed is also a good idea. Try keeping your bags on the desktop, dresser, or luggage rack.
- Finally, as soon as you return home from a trip be sure to wash any items that you brought with you and inspect your luggage and clothes thoroughly.
Unfortunately, bed bug infestations can happen anywhere and to anyone. Even the nicest and most luxurious hotels, rentals, and other travel accommodations can be susceptible to these tiny creatures. Take precautions when traveling and try to abide by these tips.
Bed bugs can travel back home with you on your clothes or in your luggage and get their own free vacation at your home. If you think you may have been exposed to a bed bug infestation, call the bed bug experts at Rid-A-Pest. This month, save $25 off our canine inspection. Call 252-649-0177 for more information or to book service.