Travelling Bed Bugs

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Summer vacation is the time for, well, vacation!  It doesn’t matter where you go—to the shore, down south, or even to another country—summer is the time to spend together and make memories.  However, as you embark on your summer adventures, we want you to keep bedbugs in mind, as they can easily slip into your luggage and cause major problems once you get home.  Luckily, a few simple tips and a couple of minutes is all you need to stop a bedbug infestation before it starts this summer.

Contrary to popular belief, bedbugs do not only appear in cheap motels or low-star hotels—they can be anywhere.  Adding to that, they are not specific to a certain region or climate, as bedbugs can be found virtually anywhere in the continental United States.  Thus, regardless of where you’re staying, checking for bedbugs must be a priority.

To properly check for bedbugs, the first thing you should check is the bed (go figure).  Pull back the sheets and mattress pad at each of the four corners of the bed, and look very closely for tiny, red bugs, red marks, or small brown spheres about the size of this period.  If you see any of the three, stop what you are doing and call the front desk, as they are signs of a bedbug infestation.  They should put you into a new room immediately, but if they don’t, it is in your best interest to leave—you don’t need to bring back a bedbug infestation along with your memories.

If the bed is all clear, proceed to other areas in the room that can have bedbugs, such as drawers, hanging pictures, and even the couch.  Perform the same inspection tactic as you did with the bed (checking the corners for bugs, stains, or droppings) and make sure to go slow.  Once you are positive that you are bedbug-free, please feel free to enjoy your vacation to the fullest extent!

Just remember that it is extremely important to not place any of your luggage onto the bed until you have checked for bedbugs, as they can creep their way inside unbeknownst to you.  Use a luggage rack or put it on the floor instead.

Bedbugs and their ensuing consequences can be nasty, but with the right knowledge and some intuition, you can keep your home bedbug-free even when on vacation!  For more bedbug prevention tips, check out our blog on our website, or call us for more information—we would be happy to help!

Here’s to a happy, memorable, and bed-bug free summer!

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