Summer Bed Bugs Travel Tips
July 11, 2017
While there is some controversy as to the origin of the saying, "Don't let the bed bugs bite," there is no controversy regarding the dramatic resurgence of bed bug infestations across the United States. These bugs are showing up everywhere. They're in movie theaters, libraries, daycares, assisted living centers, taxies, buses, clothing stores, public schools, colleges, and the list goes on and on. Even worse than the startling number of places infestations are taking root is the fact that bed bugs don't just bite while we're sleeping. While, "Don't let the bed bugs bite," is something you might say to someone going to bed, it is something we need to say when we're awake, no matter where we are. But statistics show that you're more likely, at least for now, to pick them up when traveling. So, if you don't want to be stressed out after you return from traveling, here are some tips.
Tips To Keep Bed Bugs From Traveling Home With You
Know what a bed bug looks like, especially a bed bug you're likely to see before you lay your head on your pillow. When a bed bug reaches its adult stage, you are less likely to see it. Adult bed bugs will usually wait until the carbon dioxide levels in a room rise before they venture out to find a blood meal. And, if you're not aware, sleeping people produce more carbon dioxide than people who are awake. So, it is an immature bed bug you're likely to see feeding on your skin while you're still awake. You should be able to quickly recognize this insect by its pale white body and bright red abdomen--bright red if it has been feeding on your blood. And, since it is an insect, it will have six legs, not eight. Being able to recognize an immature bed bug will allow you to take appropriate action.
Always do an inspection, no matter where you're staying. Bed bugs can be in the cleanest and most well-kept accommodations--including the home of a friend or family member. Do an inspection of mattress and box spring seams, backboards, baseboards, outlet covers, upholstered furniture, sheets, and pillowcases for black streaks, black patches, shed insect skins, tiny white eggs, brown (or red) blood stains, or the presence of bed bugs, both immature and adult.
When returning from a trip, always wash your clothes on the hottest temperature. This will destroy bed bugs in all stages of development.
If a bed bug infestation ever appears in your home, or you suspect you may have one because you've seen an immature bed bug feeding on your skin, reach out to Moyer Pest Control. Our team is educated and certified in the best practices for effective bed bug extermination. Don't let the bed bugs bite. Call for immediate assistance.