Each year, thousands of people across the country take advantage of the summer to have some fun in the sun. Hotel rooms are booked and theme parks and beaches are filled with people and everyone seems to be enjoying themselves. In just a few weeks’ time, those good memories will be tainted after discovering that they brought home much more than a stuffed mouse and refrigerator magnets from their summer vacation spots. That’s why we’re here to share a few tips to avoid bed bugs with you.
Bed bug activity in the summer:
The bed bug has become one of the nation’s biggest problems for travelers in recent years. These tiny hitchhikers will find their way into suitcases, shoes, and even the coat pocket of visitors to hotels, motels, inns, as well as airports and bus stations. Since they are only about the size of an apple seed— it’s unlikely that you would know you picked them up. Even if you did, you wouldn’t know where you got them unless you found them upon initial inspection.
5 tips to avoid bed bugs this summer:
- When packing for your trip, protect your clothing from contamination by packing everything in bug proof plastic bags. When you pack all of your clothes, toiletries, and other items into sealed bags it makes it very difficult for bed bugs to attach themselves to these items.
- Whether you’re traveling by bus, train, or airplane it can’t hurt to check your seat to make sure a previous passenger didn’t leave behind a bug or two who are just waiting for the chance for someone else to come along and take them along for a ride. Check the cracks and crevices of your seat and the one next to you if possible.
- When you get to your room or cabin make a beeline for the bed. Pull back blankets and sheets to carefully inspect the bed for signs of bed bugs. Some signs include tiny spots of blood, small brown smears of feces, and the discarded skins of growing bed bugs. Make sure that you check underneath the mattress pad, in the seams, and underneath the mattress as well.
- After a fun filled vacation, there is nothing better than kicking up your feet when you finally make it home but don’t. When you get home immediately unpack your bags and wash every piece of clothing you brought in hot water, then place them all in the dryer for a full cycle to kill off any bed bugs. Never unpack on the bed, but right in the laundry room if you can.
- While your clothes are washing check out the bags that you brought back. Vacuum any luggage thoroughly, including the zipper and seams. Then pack the bags away in heavy plastic for next time. In the same way, inspect any bags of souvenirs you brought in as well.
Still managed to bring bed bugs home?
As helpful as these tips are, it isn’t always possible to keep bed bugs out. These bugs are extraordinarily resourceful and patient pests to have around. It may be weeks or more before a homeowner notices they are there, and by that time there could be hundreds living in your home. If you suspect that you have a bed bug problem, give GreenStar Pest Control a call right away. Our team is well equipped to handle a bed bug infestation of any size, in any home or business. Our expert staff along with the latest in control options help us to make sure that your infestation can be taken care of quickly and efficiently giving you back the precious memories of your vacation, not of bed bugs.