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A Guide To Preventing Bed Bugs For West Chester's Holiday Travelers

December 6, 2019

 

This is the time of year when many people travel to see friends and family. If you're considering a trip, it is important that you consider bed bug prevention. You may wonder, are bed bugs common enough to really worry about? The sad truth is that bed bug infestations have been climbing at an alarming rate in the United States. While they were unheard of between the 1950s and the end of the 1990s, they have made a comeback in a big way.

If you're taking a trip, you would be wise to keep bed bug prevention in mind, especially if you'll be spending the night during your trip.

What You Should First Know About Bed Bugs

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There is a strong link between bed bugs & traveling because bed bugs spread through passive dispersal. That is a fancy, sciency way of saying that they accidentally get into your stuff and hitch a ride home with you. This can happen in an inexpensive motel or an expensive 5-star hotel. Bed bugs are an equal-opportunity infestor. It is, however, more likely that you'll find bed bugs in unclean accommodations because when a business doesn't care about cleanliness, they often don't care about preventing bed bugs either – but bed bugs can get into any business where people frequently spend the night.

Inspections

If you're sleeping somewhere, even if it is somewhere you think is safe, it is a good idea to do a quick check. Bed bugs leave signs around. Look for the following:

  • Black streaks, black patches or black speckles.

  • Tiny white eggs.

  • Light brown or red stains on fabrics and upholstery.

  • Shed insect skins. These may be white, tan or brown.

Obviously, the best way to detect bed bugs is to see one, but you may be surprised to know that bed bugs aren't easy to identify. When they first hatch, they are pale in color; as they mature, they become tan and eventually brownish red, like the bed bugs you've probably seen on the news. Learn what bed bugs look like in all stages of development to make sure you will recognize one when you see it.

Prevention

During your stay, it is important to take a few precautions. You should follow these tips whether you stay in a hotel or at the home of a friend. Bed bugs can infest a home for months before the infestation is discovered.

  • Keep laundry items in a sealed plastic bag. Bed bugs are highly attracted to items that have touched your skin.

  • Don't leave clothes laying out. Bed bugs like to lay their eggs in hidden places, such as pockets.

  • Keep your suitcase zipped tight and consider putting it in a plastic bag. If you've kept laundry items in your luggage, the smell can lure bed bugs in. Once inside, those little pests are going to be inclined to lay their eggs in the creases and seams.

Proactive Bed Bug Prevention

If you find bed bugs in a duffle bag, a book bag, a pocketbook or some other item, and the item can be put through a 30-minute dryer cycle, give that a try. The high heat of a dryer will kill bed bugs in all stages of development. Do the same for clothing you suspect may have been exposed to bed bugs. If you find bed bugs in a crease or crack, put the item outside and apply rubbing alcohol to the area; this will dry the bugs out and kill them.

If a bed bug infestation takes root in your West Chester home, remember that Moyer Pest Control provides industry-leading bed bug control throughout Pennsylvania. We can help you get rid of those bugs. Reach out to us any time to schedule immediate pest control service.

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