You work hard, long hours and you’ve FINALLY got that vacation booked. Before heading out of town and checking in to what might be your home away from home on your trip, read up on these 5 Best Summer Travel Bed Bug Tips to make sure you don’t bring home any unwanted souvenirs…
Bed Bug Awareness Week
With summer travel season quickly approaching, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has declared June 7-13 as Bed Bug Awareness Week to remind the public that vigilance is key to quelling a potential bed bug infestation this summer. Kentucky Termite & Pest Control in Louisville, a sister company of Franklin Pest Solutions Indiana, is proud to take part in this important public education effort and encourages travelers to brush up on bed bug basics before packing their bags and hitting the road.
“Bed bugs are still a pervasive problem, and they can be especially problematic for travelers due to their hitchhiking nature,” said Tom Snyder, Branch Manager for Kentucky Termite & Pest Control. “These biting pests are easily transported from one place to another in belongings, such as suitcases, which means travelers must use caution during and after their trips.”
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In fact, new research by NPMA and the University of Kentucky found that 99.6 percent of pest control professionals have treated for bed bugs within the past year, with 75 percent reporting bed bugs in hotels and motels.
5 Best Summer Travel Bed Bug Tips
Kentucky Termite & Pest Control lends some advice to vacationers to help raise awareness about the signs of bed bugs, how to check for bed bugs and answering common questions like Can you see bed bugs?
- How to check for bed bugs: At hotels, thoroughly inspect the entire room before unpacking, including behind the headboard and in furniture. Pull back the bed sheets and check the mattress seams and box springs for pepper-like stains that may be evidence of bed bug activity.
- Notify Management: If you suspect an infestation or problem, notify management and change rooms immediately. Be sure the new room is not adjacent to or directly below or above the possibly infested room.
- What to do with your suitcase: Keep suitcases in plastic trash bags or protective covers during a hotel stay to prevent bed bugs from nesting there. Do not put them on the beds.
- Upon returning home from a trip: Inspect all suitcases and other belongings before bringing them into the house.
- Wash all clothes: Even those that have not been worn, wash all clothes that were in your luggage in hot water and dry them using an extra-hot dryer setting.
If you have any doubts in your mind that you successfully prevented bed bugs while on vacation, please don’t hesitate to reach out for a free bed bug inspection. Our expert bed bug exterminators in Louisville, Lafayette and Northwest Indiana are standing by to get you back to sound sleep!
The sooner an introduction is identified by a professional, the better the chances of eliminating them!