Calling all Seattle residents! Before you head out for a much needed summer vacation, make sure that you read our tips below to avoid bringing home a bed bug infestation. These elusive pests are sneaking back in suitcases all the time and creating a headache that defeats that refreshed vacation feel. From our team of Seattle bed bug control experts, here are some tips to avoid bed bugs.
Before you book. Before booking a hotel room, check the online Bed Bug Registry to make sure the hotel has not had a recent outbreak of bed bugs. Keep in mind, previous infestations do not mean that you have to avoid the hotel now. Most businesses are very fast and efficient at getting rid of bed bugs when they do strike.
Pack smart. Clothing should go into large plastic bags within the suitcase. This will prevent bed bugs from embedding into clothing and hiding out until they are unpacked back at your home. Also, toss a flashlight into your suitcase because this will be a great tool for your bed bug inspection.
Travel smart. Be aware of your surroundings when traveling to and from your vacation destination. It’s not just hotel rooms that can have bed bugs but planes, airports, busses and taxis too! Really, anywhere people are, bed bugs can be.
Be thorough. Once you have finally arrived to your hotel room, keep all of your bags outside of the room until you have performed a thorough inspection for bed bugs. Grab that flashlight you packed and check every nook and cranny - mattresses, sheets, headboards, and nightstands, under carpets, in upholstered furniture, along baseboards, even in electrical outlets.
Look for clues. Bed bugs are not likely to be found out in the open unless in the case of an extreme bed bug infestation. What you are more likely to find are the signs of bed bugs, the clues they leave behind.
small dark spots on the sheets - fecal matter or blood left behind from a bed bug feeding
tiny exoskeletons - the almost translucent skins which are shed as bed bugs grow
bed bug bites - waking up to itchy red bites that were not previously there
If you have arrived home from vacation and you are starting to notice any of the signs of a bed bug infestation, it is possible that they made it back via your clothing or luggage. Bed bugs are great at hitchhiking and conveniently their eggs are quite sticky which makes it effortless for bed bugs to hitch a ride to your home. Just a few bed bugs can quickly turn into a massive infestation if left untreated.
The Seattle pest control professionals at Sprague Pest Solutions offer bed bug control in Seattle as well as throughout our Pacific Northwest and Intermountain regions service area. We can quickly and effectively get rid of bed bugs from your home, no matter how severe the infestation. So, if you think that you brought home more than your share of vacation souvenirs, please contact Sprague Pest Solutions today!