Bed Bugs Are One Gift You Don't Want Your Holiday Guests Bringing To Your New Castle Home
November 22, 2019
With the holiday season quickly approaching and the weather getting cooler every day, it’s easy to get into the mindset that pest season is over and you don’t need to protect your home against an infestation. Besides, you’re busy with holiday prep and don’t have time to think about bugs. While this may be a common way to think, it’s also a dangerous way. Bed bugs are pests that remain active all through the holidays and beyond, and you do not want your holiday guests bringing them to your New Castle home this year.
Why Bed Bugs are a Problem During the Holidays
While most bugs are a problem in the summer, then disappear in the winter, bed bugs don’t play by the same rules as other bugs. They’re certainly active in the summer, but they don’t disappear in the winter. The main reason for this is the way that they travel.
Bed bugs don’t spend their summers outdoors, then try to get inside when the weather gets cool. Instead, they get inside by hitching a ride on people’s clothing, shoes, bags, and luggage. Since most of their time is spent in climate-controlled environments, they are active all year long. And since the holidays see a large uptick in travel, this time of year also brings an uptick in new bed bug infestations as they get spread from place to place by unwitting house guests.
How to Prevent a Bed Bug Infestation This Holiday Season
Bed bugs are not only excellent hitchhikers, they’re also excellent hiders. It’s very easy for a bed bug to climb into a bag or even onto a pant leg, without anyone realizing it. If you have guests coming to your New Castle home this holiday season, they could bring bed bugs with them. Short of inspecting their clothing and luggage before allowing them into your house, there’s no way of preventing bed bugs from getting inside. However, it’s important to do frequent inspections of your home for signs of them.
Look along the edges of walls and floors, behind hanging picture frames, in the cracks and crevices of furniture, on mattresses, and between mattresses, box springs, and headboards. Look for the bugs themselves, eggs, larvae, fecal matter, and red blood spots.
If you’re the one doing the traveling this season, inspect the room you’re staying in before bringing your luggage inside. Once inside, store your bags up off the floor, even if the inspection showed no signs of bed bugs. Upon your return home, inspect your belongings before bringing them into your house and wash all clothing on a hot water cycle before putting it away.
What to Do if You See Signs of Bed Bugs in Your New Castle Home
If you see signs of bed bugs during your inspection, do not wait to do something about it. Contact Moyer Pest Control immediately. The sooner you take action against a bed bug infestation, the simpler the treatment and elimination of the bed bugs will be. Waiting will only allow them to increase in number, making eliminating them much more difficult.
Moyer Pest Control offers a variety of effective bed bug control services, tailored to your unique situation. We’ll inspect your home, suggest a treatment method, and treat for bed bugs, ensuring that they are eradicated from your New Castle home. At the first sign of bed bugs, call Moyer!