Tips to Avoid Bed Bugs While Traveling
August 31, 2017
Bed bugs! Oh, just the sound of those words makes your skin crawl, doesn’t it? Fortunately, bed bugs are barely a thought until we stay in a hotel, maybe doing some back-to-school shopping with the kids or that weekend away to leaf peep with the spouse in the fall. But do you really know what you’re looking for when you check the mattresses and did you know that bed bugs can easily hitch a ride with you in your luggage or be found on a plane or in a taxi? Yikes! How can your protect yourself and avoid bringing bed bugs back to your home?
First, we need to be able to recognize them. Bed bugs are reddish-brown in color, wingless, and range in size from 1 mm to 7 mm (about the size of an apple seed), and feed solely on the blood of people and animals while they sleep. The presence of bed bugs has been spreading in the United States and have even been found in five-star hotels and resorts. They hide during the day and feed at night. Their hiding places include seams of mattresses, box springs, nightstands, behind wallpaper, electrical outlets, or any other spot within a few feet of where people sleep.
So, what are the signs and symptoms of a bed bug infestation?
Bed bugs in the fold of mattresses and sheets.
Rusty-colored blood spots due to their blood-filled fecal material they excrete on the mattress or nearby furniture.
A sweet musty odor.
Bed bugs are experts at hiding and are usually transported from place to place as people travel. They can come back home with you in your luggage, overnight bag, folded clothes, or anywhere else they can hide. And while bed bugs usually do not pose a serious medical threat, they can cause bite marks on the face, neck, arms, hands, legs, or other body parts while their victims are sleeping, which leads to itchy skin and sleep loss.
Luckily, there is help if you do end up bringing bed bugs back home. Typical DIY bed bug control products are often unable to reach them in their hiding places and can sometimes cause them to scatter to different areas and allow the infestation to grow. For true results, you need to call in the professionals. Arrow Pest Control will start with a visual inspection by a highly trained and licensed pest control technician and if positively identified, recommend a course of action that will result in the complete elimination of your bed bug problem. Their customized treatment plan will have you sleeping peacefully again at night.