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Tips To Avoid Bed Bugs This Thanksgiving

November 20, 2017

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So, you have decided to travel over the Thanksgiving holiday. What fun it will be to spend time with family and friends, eating lots of turkey with all the dressings, and making new memories. At least you won’t have to plan the Thanksgiving feast! But wait, you do have to make travel plans, like where you will stay, and other activities while you are there. You probably haven’t given bed bugs much thought unless you see an old run down hotel. The truth is, bed bugs don’t just infest old run down hotels! These pests will invade any public place that offers them a human host in order to thrive and reproduce. They can be found in theaters, restaurants, libraries, museums, buses, trains, airplanes, cabs, hotels, motels and inns. It doesn’t matter how luxurious the place is because bed bugs can travel on shoes, coats, luggage, briefcases and other items most readily. Whether a place is clean or dirty doesn’t matter to them, as long as they can feed on a convenient human in the end. So, no matter where you go, don’t forget to check for bed bugs in all public locations before you get too comfortable, otherwise, you will find yourself bringing home some uninvited guests. 

As you plan your vacation, you can look for reviews and other information that may indicate reports of bed bugs in that area, so that you can stay away from those establishments. Before you travel, you can be proactive by placing all of your clothing inside large tightly sealed bags and bring along a few extra bags for worn clothing or other items you may purchase on your trip. Check seats, headrests, and other furniture during your travels for signs of bed bug activity or a full-blown infestation.

Once you have arrived at the hotel, motel, inn, or home that you will be staying at, do a thorough inspection of your sleeping accommodations before jumping into bed. Whether it’s a luxurious suite or a guest bedroom at a friends house, look for bugs that are flattened brownish-red ovals that are about 3/16” in length that become redder after feeding. Their eggs are sticky, white, and nearly impossible to detect with the naked eye. The nymphs start out a very light color and about the size of a pinhead. You will want to look in and around the bed, but also, bed frames, headboards, other furniture, light fixtures, electrical outlets and behind wall hangings.  Even if you do not detect any signs of bed bugs, keep your luggage and clothing off of the floor. And, most certainly if you wake up with tiny red itchy dots on your body, you may want to investigate further. Always ask for a new room right away if any signs are detected. Check all of your possessions before leaving to go back home, and then again before entering your house. Wash everything thoroughly, even if you didn’t wear or use it, including your shoes, coats, and luggage. 

All this caution can be exhausting, and even more frustrating is the fact that given your best efforts bed bugs may still find a way into your home. That being said, you have one final defense that can help get these harmful pests out of your house. In the event that you brought bed bugs home with you, you can always count on the experts at Arrow Pest Control in New Jersey. Bed bugs are persistent and hard to get rid of, but we have the knowledge and tools to get the job done effectively and efficiently. Call us today for bed bug control in New Jersey, at Arrow Pest Control.

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