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Avoid Bed Bugs During Travel

Avoid Bed Bugs During Travel

Avoid Bed Bugs During Travel

Posted June 4, 2020

As the situation with COVID-19 improves, travel restrictions will gradually decrease. That means a fun getaway with the family and relaxing at your favorite retreat!

Whatever you decide to do for vacation this summer, whether you’re tanning and swimming at the beach, exploring a national park, or luxuriating in a nice hotel, nothing can turn your dream vacation into a nightmare faster than picking up bed bugs. No matter how you choose to get away, follow these steps to make sure you don’t bring home anything but pictures and souvenirs.

Research Ahead of Time

A single night spent in a room infested with bed bugs could make the difference between a lovely vacation and a horrible decision. Unfortunately, when it comes to bed bugs and where they might set up shop, nowhere is exempt. Hotels, Airbnbs, bed and breakfasts, motels, and even cruise cabins could all have bed bugs. 

The first thing you’ll want to do no matter where you plan to stay is to do your research. Look up reviews on Google, Yelp, and social media. You can also look to see whether the company is accredited by the Better Business Bureau. Then check for recurring or recent mentions of bed bugs.

Tip: Search faster on review pages by pressing Control+F and typing “bed bugs.” Hopefully, nothing comes up!

Remember, bed bugs could be found in the most expensive or highly-rated accommodations. Bed bugs don’t care if they find us in a dirty motel off the freeway or a pristine five-star haven. If there are people nearby, bed bugs could be anywhere. 

Inspect the Area for Bed Bugs

The old saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” applies to high-end accommodations. Checking for bed bugs before you lay in the bed or stash your clothes in the closet could save you from a huge amount of bed bug troubles.

If the conditions are right, bed bugs can last between one month to a year without food, so they could be anywhere. Look through your room thoroughly for signs of bed bugs as soon as you arrive. 

Pull the sheets off the mattresses and check the seams, around the headboard, inside and around the box spring, and the cracks and crevices of the bed frame. Even wallpaper, drapes, and electrical outlets in the wall could have signs of bugs.

Signs to Look for:

  • Discarded molts /exoskeletons (which usually look like reddish-brown crumbs)
  • Fecal spots (which look like black or dark red inkblots)
  • Bloodstains
  • Live bed bugs

What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?

Live bed bugs have six legs and walk like an ant. Adult bed bugs are tiny, usually about the size of an apple seed. With flat, oval-shaped bodies, they can be mistaken for baby cockroaches, ticks, or carpet beetles.

I Found Bed Bugs in My Hotel — What Now?

If you find signs of bed bugs, report your findings to the management so they can spare other families the nightmare of bed bugs. Obviously, you’ll need to leave the premises to find other accommodations because bed bugs can travel from room to room. 

When dealing with bed bugs, all that matters is getting rid of the problem as fast as possible. A good hotel will look into the problem right away and find responsible, reliable pest control to eradicate the bed bugs.

After the Trip

Once you return home and before everyone settles down, it’s time to make sure bed bugs didn’t hitchhike home with you. Carefully examine everything for signs of bed bugs. Wash your clothes and vacuum the luggage. Bed bugs can’t survive extreme temperatures, so dry your clothing on high heat and freeze the vacuum contents before discarding them.

If you find any signs of bed bugs, call a pest control professional right away.

Bed bug bites are an obvious sign of a bed bug infestation. They could appear anywhere on the body, but they usually appear on skin that was exposed during sleep. Bed bug bites typically look similar to mosquito or flea bites. Some people react harshly to the bites and get swollen, while other people don’t react at all. 

Bite marks should vanish over time, but they can be itchy. Hydrocortisone cream and antihistamines could help speed recovery. 

Professional Bed Bug Control

If you find any signs of bed bugs in your home or in your luggage after a trip, the best thing to do is call a pest control professional. Fox will perform a free inspection to determine the severity of the problem and formulate a treatment strategy that is adjusted to your circumstances and specific needs. 

You probably won’t have to worry about bed bug problems if you take action from the start. Awareness about bed bugs and knowing where to look for them can make the difference between avoiding a catastrophe and running right into one. 

Wherever you decide to spend your vacation, you now have the knowledge to help you avoid bed bugs. And if you do have a bed bug problem, you’ll know Fox Pest Control has your back. 

Because No Bugs is Simply Better.

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