Taking a vacation is supposed to be a way to wipe away your stress. However, if after you return home, you discover a bed bug infestation, the trip didn’t really serve the right purpose. Unfortunately, pest control professionals report that 68% of their encounters with bed bugs have occurred in hotels and motels—but don’t let these numbers worry you. With a little proactive effort, you can avoid picking up extra travelers.
How to Prevent Bed Bugs While Traveling
1. Inspect the Room Thoroughly
When you enter a hotel room, your first step should be to pull back the sheets and blankets to inspect the mattress, particularly the seams. Pest control experts claim that signs of bed bugs include rusty or reddish stains, dark excrement spots the size of a dot, tiny yellow skins, and actual bugs. After clearing the mattress, move on to the headboard, any other furniture, and luggage or clothing areas. Remember, bed bugs can squeeze into the smallest hiding spots, so there is nothing wrong with being thorough.
2. Keep Your Clothes in Your Luggage
It’s tempting to use the racks and dresser drawers provided for your clothing, but this can be a big mistake. Even a minor infestation can latch on to your belongings during your stay, so it’s best to be cautious. Pest control professionals even suggest placing your suitcase in a plastic trash bag when it’s not in use to prevent an invasion.
3. Clean Everything Immediately
Once you’ve made it home, take all of your clothes directly to the washer—even the ones that haven’t been worn. After washing everything in hot water, dry clothes on high heat in the dryer. In the event any item was contaminated, this prevents the bugs from spreading to the rest of your wardrobe. Additionally, vacuum all luggage pieces before placing them back in storage. For the best results, also go over the items with a garment steamer.
If you’re worried about bringing home bed bugs after your travels, contact the professionals at Pro K9 Plus LLC in New Haven County, CT. They offer residential and commercial pest control services, including quick, efficient bed bug detection via trained canines. For more information about their bed bug treatments or other pest removal services, call them today at (203) 906-0422.