Are you planning to take a vacation from your Atlanta home? Are you going to cash in on some much needed time off? If so, we’d like you to consider adding bed bug prevention to your vacation plans.
Are you familiar with this quote from Edmund Burke? “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Well, the only thing necessary for bed bugs to ride back to your home and create an infestation is for you to do nothing. Bed bugs are hitchhiking bugs. When you take a trip anywhere, you have a chance of picking these pests up, especially nowadays with infestations cropping up everywhere. Fortunately, there are a few easy things you can do to keep your home and your family safe.
3 Easy Things You Can do To Avoid Bed Bugs
- Check bedbugregistry.com before you travel. This is a great resource for finding out if someone has had a bed bug experience at the place you’ll be staying. While one bed bug incident should not deter you from staying somewhere, several incidents, or reviews that describe inhospitable responses to bed bugs, should be used as a gauge to determine where you stay. It is also a good idea to call ahead and ask what their bed bug plan is. If they have a quick response, there is a good chance they have put the necessary protocol in place to safeguard against this growing problem.
- Check your room. It may seem like a big hassle, but checking your room for bed bugs can be as quick as 3 minutes. Put your bags on the bathroom floor while you use a flashlight to check the seams on all the mattresses and box springs in the room. If you find black residue, black streaks, brown stains, shed insect shells, white eggs, or tiny six-legged insects crawling around (especially if you see more than one or two of these together) you should bring it to the attention of the management. For added protection, you can also check the baseboards, outlets, and upholstered furniture for similar evidence.
- When you get home, wash all clothing, and any bedding you brought with you, on the highest temperature, and run those items through the dryer. Heat kills bed bugs in all stages of development. If you accidentally brought eggs home with you, this could get them before they hatch into a problem.
If you ever see bed bugs, or signs of bed bugs, in your Atlanta home, call Active Pest Control. We have the solutions for all of Georgia’s pests. Help is just a call away.
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