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How to Prevent Bed Bugs While Traveling

There’s no faster cure for the winter blues than looking forward to your upcoming tropical vacation. You’re probably dreaming of putting your toes in the sand, taking a dip in the beautiful turquoise colored water, or perhaps sipping a fruity cocktail while watching the sunset. What you’re probably not dreaming about, is the fact that your hotel/vacation rental might have a nasty bed bug infestation! Trust us, there is no faster way to ruin your vacation than finding out you’re staying with bed bugs.

Bed Bugs are only in dingy hotels, right?

Wrong! Bed bugs are found all over the world and are nondiscriminatory. Meaning, they can be found in the ritziest of homes and hotels to apartments and homeless shelters. They’re small, parasitic insects that feed solely on the blood of people and animals while they sleep. Bed bugs are reddish-brown in color, wingless, range from 1mm to 7mm and can live several months without feeding. Since they are so small and active at night, this makes it difficult to detect them during the day. More info here on bed bugs here.

Inspect Your Hotel Room to Prevent Bed Bugs.

There are several things you can do to prevent bed bugs from ruining your vacation fun. The first thing you should do is inspect your hotel room. This can be done in a few minutes, and it’s this easy.

Inspect your Hotel Room for Bed Bugs in 5 Easy Steps

  1. When you get to your accommodations, leave your suitcase outside or put it in the bathroom. Bed bugs normally aren’t found outside or in bathrooms.
  2. Pull back the sheets and inspect the mattress seams, particularly at the corners. Look at the box frame and make sure it’s in good condition. Make sure there’s no tears or small dark colored spots. Adult bed bugs are about about the size of a small pumpkin seed.
  3. Use a flashlight and look behind the head board of the bed. Then check couch cushions, chairs, electrical sockets and picture frames.
  4. If you see any sign of bed bugs, contact the hotel management and ask for a different room. Make sure it’s not next to the old room.
  5. Once you get into a new room, inspect it for bud bugs.

If you’re still concerned about bed bugs, you can also put your suitcase inside a plastic bag to prevent them from getting into your belongings.

The Threat of Bed Bugs Continues After Your Trip

The fear of a bed bug infestation isn’t over once you leave your hotel. And just because you didn’t see any signs of bed bugs on your trip, doesn’t necessarily mean bed bugs weren’t there. Remember, bed bugs are notorious hitch hikers so your clothes and luggage might still have picked up a few. Now, they are waiting to take up residence in your home…

Once you get home, make sure you go through your suitcase and clothes before you bring it into your house. You could also vacuum your luggage before storing it. As for your clothes, consider having them steamed or washed in hot water. This will help prevent bed bugs from getting into the rest of your clothes, drawers, or closets.

Help! I tried everything and I still have bed bugs!

It happens. Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you still can’t prevent bed bugs from showing up… But don’t worry, there’s help. To achieve effective control of bed bugs, a pest management professional should be brought in. While cleaning, sweeping, scrubbing, and laundering may help reduce bed bug populations, it won’t eliminate them.

In many cases pesticides and chemical treatments can be used to eliminate bed bugs. However, pesticides alone generally will not eliminate bed bugs. If you’re trying a do-it-yourself approach, you can expect a long and tedious process. Total release foggers (bug bombs) are not effective against bed bugs and may harm your health or your family’s health. The other problem with DIY and chemical treatments is that they hardly ever are able to kill the eggs before they hatch, leaving a brand new infestation waiting as soon as the chemical treatment is over.

The most effective way to get rid of bed bugs is to use a heat treatment system. There is one simple fact that makes heat treatments the most effective way to kill bed bugs. Bed bugs HATE heat, in fact it is one of the few elements that kill them with the first application.

With an Erdye’s HEAT TREATMENT we eliminate the whole bed bug life cycle and … it only takes one day. Our professional grade heating equipment will efficiently and effectively heat your living space to over 120 degrees and kill bed bugs (and other insects) in just one treatment!

If you think you have bed bugs, or are looking for more information, call Erdye’s Pest Control today at (920) 455-0373 for a FREE comprehensive inspection.

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