Posted December 9, 2020
Do you have plans to travel this holiday season? Whether you are staying in a hotel, or the guest bedroom of a relative’s home, it’s always a good idea to check for bed bugs before you move in. The last thing you want to bring home with you from a fun trip is a stocking full of bed bugs.
To help you keep pests away from your holiday festivities, we’ve made this quick guide to show you where to check for bed bugs.
A bed bug’s favorite spot will always be your bed. They prefer to be as near to their food source (your blood, yikes!) as they can. Which is why infestations will usually start from a mattress. To check for the pests, pull back the sheets. You’ll want to examine the seams, around the headboard, inside and around the box spring, and the cracks and crevices of the bed frame. You can use a flashlight and a credit card to help you perform a thorough check. You can also use a blow dryer on high heat to move bed bugs from their hiding places.
As strange as it sounds, bed bugs can also be found in cracks or gaps behind outlets. It can be more difficult to spot them here, but keep an eye out for bed bug feces. Outlets are not something you want to be messing around with, so don’t try sticking things into the crack. If you find evidence of bed bugs in other areas of the room, it’s best to leave the removal of bugs from outlets to the professionals.
If a bed bug infestation is more advanced, the pests will take over more than just your bed. They will start to live on other furniture in the bedroom, and areas where carpet meets the wall. Again, check in the crevices where bed bugs like to hide. If couches and chairs have cushions with removable covers, you’ll want to check the zipper area and even unzip the cover. If you find signs of bed bugs in your hotel room, you should request a room change or leave the hotel if possible.
Tip: When returning home from vacation, it’s always a good idea to immediately unpack your suitcase and toss your clothes in the washer and dryer on a high heat setting (when possible). This can kill any bed bugs you may not have noticed traveling home with you.
If you would like to learn more about bed bugs, check out this blog post. We hope you have a pest free holiday season. If you do notice any creepy crawlers around your home, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (855) 953-2002. Contact us before 2:00 pm and we will come by that same day.