Halloween is gone, the days are growing shorter, and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Your time off request is finally granted; and, by now, you are searching the internet for the best deal on airfare and hotel accommodations so you can spend the holiday with your family. You remembered to make a reservation at ‘doggy day-care’ for Fido to spend Thanksgiving week there. You made arrangements for the kids to get their school work so you can leave a couple days before Thanksgiving. You even remembered to put a ‘hold mail’ request in to your local post office to keep your mail safe while you are away. Yup, it seems as if you have thought of everything! But have you?
As you prepare for your big adventure home for the holidays, don’t forget to consider bed bugs. That’s right; bed bugs are a growing concern for travelers all across the country. Over the past decade, bed bugs have made an astonishing comeback from near distinction. This resurgence of bed bugs is being attributed to two main reasons:
- First, they have become resistant to the pesticides that were once used – some of which have now been banned for use in the United States by the government.
- Secondly, they are so good at playing hide n’ seek that it is nearly impossible to reach all of them with pesticides alone.
The end result is an increase in bed bug infestations in homes, dorms, hotels, and any other place that their human hosts frequent! They are hitchhikers and move easily from place to place on the pant legs, socks, shoes, and baggage of unsuspecting people. They can even hang around on seats and benches in planes, taxi cabs, lobbies, coffee shops, and any other place where people sit. Again, remember that this epidemic involves every state!
The best way to protect your family from bringing these pests home is to know the facts and use caution when traveling. Get to know what they are and how they operate: Bed bugs are extremely elusive; and, contrary to their name, they can be found just about anywhere people frequent. These nocturnal creatures do not just crawl around on your bed waiting for you to fall asleep so they can eat; they actually sleep the day away in any old room they please. They get their name from the fact that beds are usually where you notice them first. They will often leave blood stains on your sheets, bite marks on your body, and brownish-black fecal matter on your mattress during and after feeding.
There are a few things you can do to help keep these bugs from coming home with you after the holidays:
- Be aware of your surroundings while traveling.
- Quickly check your seat on planes, buses, and trains before you sit down; pay close attention to the seams.
- Inspect your hotel room before you open your bags.
- Pull back bedding near the head of the bed (the spare bed too!) and look for groups of black fecal spots on the mattress
- Check underneath mattress tags and around seams of mattresses and box springs.
- Check the back of the headboard – especially the screw holes where they can hide.
- Check the hotel closet using a flashlight before hanging clothes.
- Do not use hotel bureaus.
- Keep your shoes in the open rather than under the bed or in the closet.
- Unpack and wash your clothes immediately upon returning home.
- Unpack in a garage or mudroom if possible.
- Inspect your suitcase using a flashlight.
- Even when you take every precaution possible, you can still wind up bringing bed bugs home from the holidays. This can be a very difficult and emotional time. Bed bugs incorrectly carry the stigma that the homes they invade must have poor housekeeping practices, but that is the furthest thing from the truth. Bed bugs are not necessarily drawn to dirty dwellings; in fact, they don’t care what level of cleanliness is in a home. As long as there are people there to feed from, they will be happy.
If you have to face bed bugs in your home, call the experts with a proven reputation for quality service and effective pest control. We are Georgia’s choice for pest control services. We have decades of experience and highly trained professionals that you can trust to safely and effectively eliminate bed bugs from your home. We use proven methods that employ both conventional application measures and heat treatments to ensure that bed bugs are gone.
Be sure to contact our professional team here at Active Pest Control for discreet, effective bed bug elimination if you are faced with an infestation of these awful, pesky creatures.