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Thankful For...Bed Bug Prevention Tips

November 23, 2016

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Do you have a Thanksgiving tradition where you give thanks for the things you have? Some people do it while they are sharing the Thanksgiving meal around the table. Some people get a big paper board where people can write one thing they are grateful for, or hand out tiny cards that can be read after the meal is done. There are all kinds of ways to do it. When it comes to sharing what you're thankful for this year, no matter what way that may be, what are you going to say? We'll tell you what we're going to say; we're thankful for bed bug prevention tips.

Bed bugs love the holidays. These are hitchhiking bugs. And, what better time to hitchhike than Thanksgiving, when everyone is traveling around? That is why we're thankful that there are bed bug prevention tips.

Bed Bug Tips For Travelers

  • Check to see if your hotel or motel has had a bed bug report filed. This will help you make a better decision on where to stay.

  • When you arrive at a hotel or motel, leave your luggage in your vehicle, or on the floor in the bathroom, while you do a quick inspection of the room.

  • Use a flashlight for your inspection. Examine all sheets, pillowcases, mattress seams, backboards, and stitching on upholstered furniture for black droppings, black fecal streaks, blood stains, or shed insect parts. If you find something, report it immediately. Many hotels and motels will offer to move you to a new room at no charge, and even throw in something complimentary. Don't be afraid to take them up on that offer. Just be sure that the new room is not adjacent to the old room. And, be sure to do another inspection.

  • Look for bed bug bites when you wake up. These bites will appear in paths or clusters because individual bed bugs feed more than once. And, there will usually be a significant rash associated with these bites--though not always.

Bed Bug Tips For Hosts

  • It is impractical, and probably rude, to check all of your guests as they come through the door for Thanksgiving, but it doesn't hurt to share the above tips with them before they visit. They may even thank you for it.

  • If you have guests spending the night be sure to wash used sheets, blankets, and pillowcases on the hottest temperature after they have departed. This will kill bed bugs in all stages of development.

These simple tips will go a long way to preventing a bed bug infestation. Stay safe this holiday season, and happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Moyer Pest Control.

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