The holiday season is upon us and what a wonderful time of year it is. With all the excitement and energy in the air always makes this time that much special. However this time always presents it’s usual particular problems: Family coming in town, food preparation, travel and last minute gifts. All of these things are expected but what is not, is bed bugs.
With this travel period being one of the most heaviest throughout the year, this reason alone allows for an increase in bed bug encounters. No matter if family is staying with you, in a hotel or traveling in a public setting all of these factors can make you a victim of a bed bug attack.
That is why we refer to, if traveling for the season;
S.L.E.E.P: bed bug precautions to remember
Travelers check this list thoroughly when visiting other or foreign places when staying overnight. Prevent bed bug contact while following this method.
Survey your hotel room for signs of a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs are not a sanitation issue, so they can be found in a five-star hotel as well as a one-star motel. Look for brown or red spots on sheets and other fabrics, and be alert for a telltale musty, sweet odor.
Lift and look. Bed bugs tend to settle in close proximity to their food source: you! During the day, these nocturnal insects will disappear into crevices in mattresses, box springs, bedding, furniture, hollow bedposts, baseboards, pictures and even torn wallpaper. So make sure to lift and look around all possible hiding spots.
Elevate your luggage and other items. Carefully inspect the hotel’s luggage rack, and if it shows no signs of being a bed bug haven, use it to keep your suitcase off the floor and away from the bed. Also be sure to station the rack away from the wall before use to reduce the likelihood of a bed bug crawling up the wall and getting into your things
Examine your luggage while repacking as well as after you get home, to ensure you haven’t picked up any unwelcome visitors. It’s also wise to unpack in your garage or utility room, just to be sure your items are bed-bug-free before returning them to the bedroom. Machine-dry your clothes in a hot drier to ensure no bedbugs are snuggling up in them.
Professional help for bed bug issues is out there, so use it! Because bed bugs can survive extreme temperatures (up to 113 degrees Fahrenheit), can live for over a year without food and are extremely difficult to kill, treating an infestation requires the skill of an experienced, licensed, professional pest control operator.
Happy Holidays from your #1 Bed Bug source.