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How Travel Affects Bed Bugs

May 2, 2017

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We all know that it is possible to pick bed bugs up when we go on a trip. One of the most significant hot spots for bed bug infestations is in hotels, motels, and resort accommodations. But, do you know why? Let's take a look at this problem and see if there is anything we can learn that will help us keep these hitchhiking bugs from riding home with us from our favorite vacation destination.

It is obvious to conclude that, when we travel, we have a greater chance of picking up bed bugs. This has an obvious effect on bed bugs. Our travel allows these pests to spread. But travel has a much greater influence than this.

As we hit the peak travel season, bed bugs start to show up more often. There are two reasons for this. The first has to do with travel--not your travel--the travel other people are doing. When a hotel has more people coming and going on a daily basis, they have a greater chance of bed bugs coming and going. This is because bed bugs don't just hitchhike "out" of these overnight destinations. They hitchhike "in" as well.

The second reason bed bugs are seen more often during peak travel seasons is the temperature. When it is warm, bed bugs are much more active. These are cold-blooded creatures that operate best when temperatures are in the 80s and 90s.

What can we conclude from this? It is best to take your vacation before the peak season--and when temperatures are in the 70s. If this is inconvenient, or not preferred, please consider taking preventative measures during your trip, or having a professional check your home after you return from your trip.

Prevention Tips

  • Inspect your sheets, pillowcases, mattress seams, box spring bottoms, upholstered furniture, baseboards and outlets, for tiny black droppings, black streaks, black patches, brown blood stains, tiny white eggs, shed insect skins, or the presence of bed bugs.

  • Learn what bed bugs look like, so you are able to properly identify one if you see it attached to your skin.

  • Learn to properly identify bed bug bites. These bites are not always large, red welts.

  • When you return home, be sure to wash and dry all your clothes on the hottest temperature.

Consider a bed bug inspection. Whether you need a one-time bed bug inspection or routine bed bug inspections for your home, Moyer Pest Control can help. We utilize the powerful scent detection of dogs to quickly and efficiently locate bed bugs in all stages of development. When combined with "best practices" for bed bug prevention and control, this is an effective way to stop infestations before they take root and cause misery. Protect your family with trusted K9 inspection services from the QualityPro certified team here at Moyer Pest Control.



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