When the time of year rolls around and most of us are thinking about going on vacation, there may be something sinister hiding under the surface. Although it can be a lot of fun to travel and stay in unusual places, you need to be cautious about anything that may be staying there with you. I'm talking about unwanted guests that not only join us in our hotel room, they can hitchhike all the way back to our home and before you know it, they have taken it over.
What I'm talking about are bed bugs, and it doesn't matter what time of year it is, it is always the season that you need to be cautious about these unwanted home invaders. You can find them in any part of the United States, including in many hotel rooms, rented houses and condominiums. It doesn't even need to be a low-quality establishment. The only prerequisite is for somebody to stay there prior to you that brought the bugs along with them.
Keeping Bed bugs away from your home
Since this is such a serious problem, it is important to understand how to head it off before it becomes a problem for you. The following tips can help to keep bed bugs where they belong, away from your home!
Give a Thorough Inspection
When you first check into a hotel or rental property, an inspection is in order. This inspection should be done before you even bring your luggage inside. It doesn't matter if it is a five star hotel, a wonderful bed-and-breakfast or if you pay dearly for a rental home, any property can be infested.
You can typically find bed bug in the cracks and crevices of furniture, including beds, sofas, chairs, tables and dressers. Pay particular attention to the corners of the mattress, not only looking for the bugs, but looking for evidence that they were there. Typically, bed bugs will leave behind dark-colored stains and you may also find the shells of their skin that are shed during their growth phase.
If you suspect that your room is infested, insist on another room immediately.
When you return home, don't simply bring your bag into the house and unpack immediately. Take the time to unpack your clothes outside and run everything through a high heat dryer cycle before you wash them. Store any suitcases outside of the home if possible. If you don't have an area where you can store them, seal them in plastic storage bags before you bring them inside.
Prevention doesn't always work
Even with taking all the precautions, there are times when bed bugs may become a problem in your home. When that is the case, you can count on Big Time Pest Control to make them a thing of the past. Our technicians are specifically trained to care for any type of home pest invasion, including some of the most difficult, such as bed bugs. Do all that you can to avoid the problem but if it should happen to become a problem, call us right away.
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