2018 Holiday Traveler’s Guide to Bed Bug Prevention
The gifts are wrapped, your bags are packed, and you’re ready to take your holiday on the road this year. Traveling over the holidays can carry some extra stress as you battle traffic or busy airports. There’s also all the work that goes into getting your home ready to be vacant while you’re gone.
No one wants to add extra stress to an already overpacked list. It’s important to take some precautions before and during your travels to prevent bed bugs from returning home with you. Nothing ruins the memories of a holiday vacation quite like a bed bug infestation.
Although bed bugs are most active during the hot and humid summer months, their activity levels increase a bit this time of year due to the increase in travel.
Bed bugs are excellent travelers. They’ crawl onto luggage, bags, purses, or even your clothing, then wait out the ride until you reach your destination where they crawl off and go on their merry way. They soon get back to work, reproducing and infesting their new home.
Bed Bug Prevention Tips for Travelers
Whether you plan to stay in the home of family or friends, or in a hotel during your holiday travels, you’ll want to take precautions to ensure that none of these places are infested with bed bugs. If they are, you are likely to end up bringing them home with you.
A few actions you can take upon arrival:
When you arrive at your destination, don’t bring your bags inside right away. First, do a thorough inspection of the room in which you’re staying.
- Check the mattress, especially along the seams and in between the headboard and footboard, for signs of eggs, casings, or the bugs themselves.
- Inspect walls behind picture frames.
- Check along the seams and creases of upholstered furniture.
- Observe the mattress and sheets for the small dark streaks left behind from bed bug feces.
Things to do during your stay:
If there are no obvious signs of bed bugs, you’ll still want to be cautious.
- Place your bags on top of dressers or hang them on hooks instead of placing them on the floor.
- In the mornings, check yourself for small red marks that could be bed bug bites.
- Check the sheets for the tiny red dots of blood left behind after bed bugs bite.
- What to do once you return home:
- Carefully inspect your bags and belongs for any signs of bed bugs.
- Wash all clothing on a hot water cycle before putting everything away.
What to Do if You Still Manage to Bring Bed Bugs Home
If you discover that you’ve managed to bring bed bugs home with you from your travels, even after your best efforts, don’t feel bad. Simply be prepared to take immediate action. The sooner you deal with an infestation, the easier it is to eliminate every bed bug, egg, and larvae that is in your home.
DIY bed bug treatments are notorious for not taking care of the problem. If you miss even one bug, they can go into hiding for months at a time and emerge later to re-infest your home.
The most effective way to treat for bed bugs is to call the experts at Schendel Pest Services. We offer K-9 detection services that are incredibly effective at pinpointing where bed bugs are hiding. We will eliminate the infestation completely.
Enjoy your holiday travels with the knowledge that Schendel is available to help you take care of any pest problems you may encounter. Happy Holidays!