The summer months are a great time for you to take a family vacation. The kids are out of school so it is easier to sneak away than it is during the school year. Do you have a family vacation planned this summer? If you have a trip on your horizon you may be having some anxiety about having bed bugs in the hotel that you choose to stay in. Southwest Florida Pest Control wants to give you some tips today on how to avoid bed bugs.
Bed Bug Registry
As you are planning your trip you can actually check your hotel out to see if there have been reports of bed bugs in the past. The Bed Bug Registry can give you some great insight on whether or not the hotel you are considering staying in is a good option. You can also read reviews online to see what customers say about the cleanliness of the hotel.
Check Hotel for Bed Bugs
When you get to the hotel you can inspect the room for bed bugs. You can pull back the sheets and inspect the seams of the mattress. You will want to look extremely carefully at the corners of the mattress. You will also want to check behind the headboards. Many times bed bugs will move from the bed to headboard without anyone noticing. Another place to check is the furniture in the room. Even though they are called bed bugs they can be on furniture too. If you see any bed bugs ask immediately to move to a different room. If you end up needing to change rooms due to a bed bug infestation do not let the hotel simply move you to the room next door or adjacent to the room that you were in. Bed bugs are infamous for hitchhiking from one room to another on housekeeping carts, luggage, and wall sockets. The rooms closest to the original infestation are where they will go to next.
How to Prevent Bringing Bed Bugs Home
If you do end up moving from one room to another to avoid bed bugs you will want to take a few precautions to make sure that none of the bed bugs moved with you to your new room. You should take all of your clothes and shoes to the nearest laundromat and put them in a dryer on high heat for 20 minutes. Any clothes that were worn in the room where the bed bugs were will need to be washed and dried as soon as possible. Put them in a plastic bag and seal it until you find a washer and dryer. You will want to carefully inspect your luggage to make sure that bed bugs are not hiding on your luggage. Ask the hotel for a vacuum so that you can thoroughly vacuum your luggage just in case some bed bugs are hiding in a place that you did not see them. It is important to remember that bed bugs like to hitchhike to new locations whenever the opportunity arises. Even if you did not see any bed bugs on your trip you will want to take some precautionary measures when you get home. Wash all of your clothes after you return home from any trip even if you did not wear them. We also recommend steaming or vacuuming your luggage before putting it away.
Bed Bug Inspections & Treatment
If you follow all of these tips hopefully you will be able to avoid bed bugs on your trip and back at your home. Sometimes even the best attempts at not getting bed bugs do not go as planned and you bring bed bugs back to your home. If you find bed bugs at your home call Southwest Florida Pest Control right away so that we can come and help you get rid of them.