Most homeowners dread the idea of a bed bug infestation. Unfortunately, according to pest control experts, these parasitic insects can be found almost anywhere and are easily picked up when clothes, purses, luggage, or any personal belongings come into contact with an infected object. Luckily, though, there are steps you can take to avoid this issue. The best way to protect yourself from bringing these bugs home with you during your travels is to learn the signs of their presence.
How to Avoid a Bed Bug Infestation After Traveling
1. Place Luggage on Racks
When staying in a hotel room, pest control services recommend keeping your luggage and clothing off the floor and bedding. Ideally, you should keep it stored on the metal rack that’s commonly found near the closet area instead of the using the available dressers. However, place it in the bathroom while you inspect this area for bed bugs.
2. Inspect Foreign Beds
Always inspect any bed you plan on sleeping in while traveling. Check the sheets and mattress, especially the corners and seams, for any exoskeletons or rust-colored blood spots. Finally, check the headboard, particularly the area near the wall, and any parts that can be unscrewed or pulled apart.
3. Wash & Dry Clothes on High Heat
When you get home from your trip, don’t leave your luggage packed. Instead, you should immediately wash and dry all clothes on high heat. Even if your hotel room was free of bed bugs, pest control experts state they can still be picked up at the airport, in a cab, on a train or bus, and many other places where you might have sat or hung out for a while. The good news is that exposing the insect to temperatures over 122 degrees for more than two minutes has shown to have a 100 percent mortality rate.
If your bed bug prevention should fail, don’t hesitate to call the team at Taylor’s Weed & Pest Control. They have over 40 years of combined experience helping residences in Hobbs, NM, and the surrounding areas with pest and rodent control. They also specialize in FHA-approved termite inspections. Call them today at (575) 492-9247 to schedule their assistance. You can also visit their website to learn more about their services.