If you plan to leave your Atlanta home to do some summer traveling, you should seriously consider taking a few minutes to understand the threat bed bugs pose. These blood-eating pests are hitchhikers. If they get into your belongings or lay eggs in your clothing, you could bring an unexpected infestation home with you.
3 Things You Should Know About Bed Bugs
- Bed bugs don’t just live in dirty hotels and motels. These bugs are not drawn to dirty places. They don’t feed on bacteria or filth, they eat blood. For this reason, they have been found in the cleanest and most well-kept accommodations.
- Bed bugs aren’t just in places people sleep. If you take a ride in a taxi or on a bus, you can pick bed bugs up. If you go to a movie theater or visit a clothing store, you can pick bed bugs up. These bugs can feed on us when we are completely awake. That is why infestations are turning up in more and more places that have nothing to do with spending the night.
- Bed bugs can be at your destination. We often think of bed bugs as something we pick up somewhere between point A to point B, but you can get these bugs at a friend’s or relative’s house. While bed bugs can be a frustrating pest to have in a home, an infestation can go on for a few months before anyone realizes there is a problem.
4 Things You Should Do To Stop Bed Bugs
- Know what bed bugs look like. When bed bugs first hatch they are only about 1mm in size and pale in color. Immature bed bugs are the ones you’re most likely to see in the daytime, or near bedtime. If you see a six-legged insect feeding on your skin, and it is bright red with your blood, there is a good chance you’re looking at a bed bug.
- Always do an inspection for black streaks, tiny black droppings, black patches, shed insect skins, tiny white eggs, brown blood staining, or these tiny insects, when you stay the night anywhere. Inspect mattresses, sheets, pillowcases, backboards, bed frames, baseboards, electronics, and upholstered furniture.
- When you return from a trip, wash all of your clothing on the hottest temperature. This kills bed bugs in all stages of development.
- If you ever have a bed bug infestation in your Atlanta home, call Active Pest Control.
Bed bugs are a pain. Literally. If you get these frustrating and pernicious bugs in your Atlanta home, you can trust the bed bug experts here at Active Pest Control to get rid of them. For immediate assistance, contact us by phone or email.
Bed Bugs And Summer Travel in Georgia
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