Bed Bugs And Summer Travels
Bed bugs continue to be a problem in all parts of the country, and as the summer travel season begins, we can expect the problem to worsen. Bed bugs are notorious hitchhikers, so whether you are traveling overseas or staying closer to home, remember these tips to protect your family from bed bugs:
• Before you travel, go online to see if your hotel has been reported to have an infestation. One site to check is www.bedbugregistry.com. Not all infestations get reported, but it’s a good idea to do your homework.
• At hotels, pull back the sheets and inspect the mattress seams, particularly at the corners, for telltale stains or spots (tiny, red or dark brown in color). If you see anything suspicious, change rooms or establishments immediately.
• Thoroughly inspect the entire room before unpacking, including behind the headboard and the upholstery and legs of sofas/chairs. If any pests are spotted, change rooms or establishments immediately.
• Store your suitcase and belongings off the floor. Even better, seal your luggage and its contents in a vinyl bag. Even a trash bag brought from home will help prevent bed bugs from finding their way into your belongings and hitchhiking home with you.
• After traveling, inspect your suitcases before bringing them into your home. Vacuum them thoroughly and wash all your clothes, even the ones you didn’t wear, in water hotter than 120 degrees.
If you suspect your have a bed bug infestation, call us today. We are proud to be the first company in our Midwestern markets to offer heat treatment. It’s fast, effective and green, and you don’t have to throw away mattresses, furniture or other furnishings.
Wherever your travels take you this summer, have a fun, safe trip!