Many of us are gearing up for travel this holiday season, whether it's to visit family, have a new adventure, or simply take a well-deserved break.
But, amidst the excitement of coming and going, there are uninvited and unwanted travelers that might hitch a ride back home with you—bed bugs. And dealing with a bed bug infestation is the last thing you need this time of year.
To ensure a bed bug-free holiday and safeguard your home, here are some common places you might encounter them on your travels as well as some tips to prevent them from coming home with you.
Common Places to Find Bed Bugs:
- Hotels and Accommodations:
Bed bugs reside in hotel rooms, motels, and rentals, hiding in mattresses, headboards, furniture, or behind wall hangings.
Inspect the room upon arrival, checking seams and corners of mattresses, headboards, and upholstered furniture for any signs of bed bugs.
- Public Transportation:
Trains, buses, planes, and taxis can be potential spots for bed bug transfer. These pests can hide in seats, carpets, and upholstery.
Avoid placing luggage on the floor or directly on seats. Use luggage racks or protective covers for your bags.
- Shared Spaces and Luggage Handling:
Baggage areas, waiting rooms, and shared spaces in airports or train stations can harbor bed bugs.
Be cautious with where you place your belongings, opting for sealed luggage or protective covers.
How to Prevent Bed Bug Infestations While Traveling
- Choose the Right Luggage
Before you even arrive at your destination, you can take steps to prevent bed bugs by using hard-shelled luggage as opposed to soft fabric where bed bugs have an easier time setting up shop.
- Inspect and Keep Clean:
Before settling in, thoroughly inspect your room for signs of bed bugs. Look for rust-colored spots, shed skins, or live bugs.
Keep your luggage elevated and away from beds or upholstered furniture. Utilize luggage racks or sealed plastic bags to prevent contact with surfaces.
- Wash and Dry Clothes Properly:
Upon returning home, immediately wash and dry your clothes, using the highest heat setting suitable for the fabric. This helps kill any potential bed bugs or eggs.
If you arrive home, and despite your best efforts, you suspect or discover a bed bug infestation, contact Pestmaster. Our expert technicians have the tools and experience to effectively eliminate bed bugs, prevent their spread, and ensure they never return.
Contact us today to schedule treatment and learn more.