When you and your family hit the road for vacation this Summer, be aware that bed bugs could be traveling with you. Bed bugs are great hitchhikers that many people unintentionally pick up and transport. Fortunately, with a few simple tips, you can greatly decrease your chances of bringing bed bugs home with you.
Bed bugs are small, flat, reddish brown bugs that feed exclusively on blood. They prefer warm, dark places close to their food source, which is often humans. While bed bugs do not transmit any known diseases, their bites can be itchy and sometimes painful. Bed bugs can be hard to detect and even harder to get rid of. As is often the case, prevention and early detection is your best bet when dealing with bed bugs. Here are four tips to help you avoid bed bugs while traveling.
Check Your Bedding
When you arrive at a hotel room, one of the first things you should do to avoid bed bugs is check the mattress and bedding. Worst case scenario would be finding the actual bugs in the bedding, but there are also less obvious signs of a bed bug problem. Check your pillowcases and sheets for small, dried blood stains. Next, inspect the mattress carefully. Pay special attention to the seams and corners. In these areas, look for signs of bed bug feces in the form of small, black, sticky dots.
Examine the Furniture
Once you have checked the bedding, look for other small hiding spots where bed bugs might hide. These include any small cracks or crevices in furniture or the walls. Use a flashlight to help you see in dark places. If a quick check of the bedding and furniture yields any signs of bed bugs, it is best to ask for another room.
Use the Luggage Holder
A simple habit to get into that could save you potential bed bug problems is to always place your suitcase or other luggage on the luggage holders that are provided instead of on the bed. This is an easy thing to do and prevents the rest of your clothing from coming into contact with the bedding.
Wash and Dry Clothes
As one last precaution, when you return from travel, it is best to immediately wash your clothing in hot water with a temperature reaching at least 140 degrees and then dry them for 20 minutes. This will kill any bed bugs that you might have picked up along the way and prevent them from climbing onto other things in your home.
Even with all these tips for prevention, you still might find yourself with a bed bug problem. Early detection and treatment will save you loads of time, money, and hassle. While many people try to get rid of bed bugs by themselves, if you do not get the eggs as well, you will find yourself in an endless cycle. Midwest Pest Control is here to help. We offer the best bed bug control that Tulsa has to offer. Call us for an inspection, and we can set you up with a treatment plan that will rid your home of bed bugs.