Avoiding Bed Bugs While Traveling

November 12, 2018


With Thanksgiving right around the corner, many people will be traveling to visit family or have family traveling to visit them. While this is a wonderful time to catch up with loved ones, all this movement also makes it a busy time for bed bugs. Although it’s difficult, it is possible to avoid bed bugs while traveling.

traveler inspecting hotel mattress for bed bugs

Why This Season is a Big One for Bed Bugs

Bed bugs may not be on your mind as you consider your holiday plans. However, bed bugs love to travel and require a blood meal to survive, so any time that a lot of people are moving around is a time that bed bugs will be moving around too.
 
The way that bed bugs travel is by hitching a ride on clothing, shoes, bags, luggage, or boxes. Once they arrive at a destination, or somewhere along the way, they’ll crawl off and set up shop in their new home.

How to Avoid Bed Bugs While Traveling

If you have plans to travel this year, you’ll want to take precautions against picking up any bed bugs along the way. The following tips will help:
 
Hotels are known hot spots for bed bug activity. If you’re staying in one, be sure to inspect your room for signs of bed bugs before bringing in any of your luggage.

  • Check under the mattress for the bugs or discarded casings
  • Pull up the sheets to check the mattress itself
  • Look behind picture frames and along the edges of the walls
  • If the room looks okay, still keep your luggage and belongings off the floor
  • Check yourself and your family members for bites in the morning
  • Inspect the sheets for tiny red dots or brown streaks

Even if you’re staying in someone’s home, it’s a good idea to follow the guidelines above. Upon your return home, inspect your belongings for bed bugs before bringing them into your house. Wash all clothing and dry it on a hot setting before putting it away.

What to Do if You Bring Bed Bugs Home With You

If you discover bed bugs in your home after you return from your trip, call Prosite Pest Control immediately.

Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to eliminate on your own, but Prosite has the knowledge and equipment to offer the right treatment for your particular situation.

We offer bed bug treatment options that will get rid of bed bugs - completely.  Our treatments are safe and effective, and we offer free quotes so you know exactly what to expect before you decide what to do. Give us a call to learn more about your options.




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