If you’re sleeping somewhere other than home, beware. Bedbug prevalence is on the rise and hotels and motels are some of their favorite hangouts.
Before you check out your hotel room’s minibar or oceanfront view, give it a thorough bedbug inspection—and until you’ve done that, stash your luggage in the lobby.
“Bedbugs are least likely to be found in the bathroom,” says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the National Pest Management Association. “They don’t like the tile floors and there aren’t as many hiding places. They like to be closer to where people may be sleeping.”
Here’s how to check for a bedbug infestation:
Pull back the linens and check all the way around and under the mattress and behind the headboard.
Look for blood stains or small black dots that look like mold or ground pepper. Check for the bugs themselves, also. Bedbugs are about the size and shape of an apple seed, and you may find them hiding in corners or seams of the bedding.
Next, broaden your bedbug search to the area immediately surrounding the bed: behind picture frames, under the telephone and alarm clock, and even in books.
Check in the cushions and seams of any couches or soft chairs, and in the closet before putting your clothes away.
Studies have shown that most bedbugs are found within 15 feet of a bed, but some may still be further away.
Leaving suitcases and bags on the floor—or on a second spare bed—may be one way to bring home an unwanted souvenir.
For the duration of your trip, keep your bags on the desktop, on top of the dresser, or on a luggage rack in the room. (Don’t leave clothing lying out, either!)
For extra protection, keep your suitcase encased in plastic during your trip. Storage and luggage retailers also sell zip-up bags specifically for this purpose.
Inspect and vacuum out your suitcases before storing them away and if you’ve invested in a plastic luggage case, keep it sealed up until you need it next.
Bed Bug bites can be a pretty uncomfortable and might make you sick so it’s’ best to be proactive when on the road.
Bedbug elimination is not a simple proposition. HEAT is the Bedbug’s biggest foe. At 130 degrees Fahrenheit,bedbugs and eggs are destroyed. Some liquid treatments are effective in certain situations. Atkins Pest Management uses the HEAT process in combination with liquid treatments for the best results possible!
If you suspect that you’ve brought home bedbugs from a recent trip or vacation, contact Atkins Pest-Management to conduct an inspection. WE CAN HELP YOU WITH THAT!
Author: Roger Beasley- Pest Control Manager.
About the Author
You're busy. We can help you with that! Just about anything that needs to be done around your home or business can be taken care of with one phone call to Atkins.
Providing the best in lawn care, pest & wildlife management, irrigation, hidden pet fence, handyman, holiday lighting, landscape lighting, floor care, and commercial janitorial, Atkins has proudly been serving mid-Missouri since 1925.