End Of Summer Travel Has Bed Bugs On The Move
August 5, 2016
This is the time of year when travel hits its peak. Lots of people are taking advantage of late summer vacation deals and some off-season bargains. Or just trying to squeeze out that last bit of summer fun. If you find yourself on the road, be aware that when humans travel, bed bugs travel too.
No one likes to think about bugs when they're on vacation. But giving these bugs a little bit of your attention could prevent you from taking them back home with you, and keep you from having to deal with a bed bug infestation nightmare.
How do I keep from bringing bed bugs home with me? Knowing what bed bugs look like, and what signs they leave around is a sure way to help keep them away.
Bed bugs can look different, depending on several factors. If they have had a recent blood meal, they'll look bloated and pill-shaped. If they have not, then they'll appear flat and oval in shape. If they are young, they can be as small as the tip of a pen. But as they grow through their developmental stages, they grow in size. An adult bed bug can be as big a pea.
Bed bugs can look completely black or have some blood red coloring throughout their body, including their legs. The thorax of a bed bug has horizontal indents that give them a distinct look.
These are insects, so they have six legs. This is helpful to distinguish them from other bugs that have eight.
When bed bugs infest, they leave their feces in many places. Black streaks can be found on pillowcases and sheets. Black patches can be found in the seams of mattresses or the stitching of upholstered furniture, and streaks can be found on baseboards, outlet covers, and other places where these pests are congregating.
Bed bugs go through 5 instars and shed their cuticle at the end of each. So you are likely to find bed bug shells stuck to areas of infestation.
If there are enough bed bugs infesting, there will be an odor. These bugs give off a pheromone scent that some describe as a wet, dirty, locker room towel.
The worst way to find out that the hotel you stayed at had bed bugs is to wake up with red, rashy bites that appear in a row or a cluster. Recognizing these bites is vital.
Recognizing these blood-eating pests and the signs they leave around can alert you to a threat and help you prevent these bugs from hitching a ride back to your home. If you see any of these signs in your home and you live in our service area, reach out to us. Bed bugs are extremely hard to eradicate. Get fast, effective control with Moyer Pest Control.