The transportation of bed bugs becomes more common during summer vacations as it is prime travel and vacation time. When you travel you don’t plan on bringing home unwanted and unwelcome guests. If you are not careful you might just end up sleeping with little blood suckers. They are skilled hitchhikers and no property is immune to them. Every time you leave your home you have the potential to bring home bed bugs.
How Do Bed Bugs Behave?
Bed bugs are challenging in detection because they have excellent abilities to squeeze into cracks and crevices and will often go unnoticed by the casual observer. They cluster around areas where we rest and shun the light. If they feel exposed, they will move into quieter and more remote areas. Bed bugs can travel on clothing that people are wearing but will not travel directly on us like lice, for example.
Check Hotel Room for Bed Bugs
Pack a flashlight in your suitcase to help you check out your accommodations when you arrive. Before you bring the suitcase into the room you should do a check of the mattress and look for live bugs, or like someone took a pepper shaker and sprayed pepper over the mattress. If you see this, it is fecal matter and you need to call the front desk and ask to be moved to another room immediately.
How to Avoid Bringing Bed Bugs Home
The first step in protecting your home from an invasion is to take precautions after you travel this summer. You should unpack your suitcase in the garage and take a little bit of rubbing alcohol spray to the inside of your suitcase before you bring it inside. Take your clothing and place them in a plastic bag and put them straight into the wash with very warm or hot water. Sometimes months can pass before you realize you have a problem. A lot of people think they have been bitten by a flea or mosquito and when the bites don’t go away, they realize it’s bed bugs.
Preventing a Bed Bug Infestation
If you travel a lot, or you feel you may be at a higher risk of getting bed bugs you should consider an active liner for your bed at home. There are products on the market like encasements that you can put on your mattress. This is in attempt to trap bed bugs within or prevent them from migrating. An active bed liner kills bed bugs on contact and stops infestations before they get started. Do not buy over the counter foggers. The worst thing to do is use a bed bug bomb. All this does is drive them into the wall where the bomb will not penetrate.
Bed Bug Pest Inspections, Treatment, Control, Removal & More in Austin, Round Rock, Leander, Pflugerville & Cedar Park Texas
If you are concerned that you may have brought bed bugs home from your last vacation, call A-Tex Pest Management to check it out. We will perform a thorough bed bug inspection and present an effective treatment plan to get rid of them.