Using tools like bedbugregistry.com before booking a trip can help ensure you’re not bringing bed bugs home. Franklin Pest Solutions has some other helpful tips to make sure you’re protected from unwanted pests no matter where you’re going and how you get there.
Don’t Let Bed Bugs Ruin Your Summer Plans
There are many variables that can make a trip haunt you all the way back home but few misfortunes will make your skin crawl quite like bed bugs. Bed bugs are known to hang around more than just mattress corners. These pests will hide within any cracks close to places their meal frequents, which can sometimes be: picture frames, drawers, computer chairs, even chairs on buses and trains. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) wants you to know that bed bugs are a common pest all year long but warm humid summer temperatures encourage bed bugs to eat and mate. A few preventive steps can help make sure you enjoy the rest of your summer travels without bed bugs getting in the way.
A bed bug infestation will have signs of bed bugs, pieces of their shed skin, and excrement.
Tips to Help Prevent Bed Bugs
In order to help guarantee that bed bugs are not a part of your travel plans, Franklin Pest Solutions recommends the following preventative steps while traveling:
- At hotels, pull back the sheets and inspect the mattress seams, particularly at the corners, for the telltale stains or spots.
- If you do need to change rooms, be sure that you do not move to a room adjacent and/or directly above/below the suspected infestation. Bed bugs can easily hitchhike via housekeeping carts, luggage ad even through wall sockets. If an infestation is spreading, it typically does so in the rooms closest to the origin.
- Consider placing your suitcase in a plastic trash bag or protective cover during the duration of your trip to ensure that bed bugs cannot take up residence there prior to departure.
- Wash all of your clothes-even those that have not been worn-in hot water to ensure that any bed bugs that may have made it that far are not placed into your drawers/closet.
Bed bugs have quick reproduction cycles and the ability to survive long periods without feeding, these qualities make bed bugs a pest for the professionals. Contact Franklin right away if you are concerned with an infestation: 800-GOT-PESTS.