Travel Tips for Bedbug Prevention

bed bugsJust like us, bedbugs love to travel. They’re great hitchhikers, and they’ll often invite themselves into items like suitcases, purses, and shoes. They may even make themselves comfortable in unusual places like cellphones, laptops, and other types of electronics with casing. If you’re on the move, make sure you follow a few simple tips to help make sure that you don’t bring home any unwanted souvenirs from your vacation or business trip.

Check Before Unpacking

The number-one rule for traveling is to make sure that you check your hotel room or apartment rental when you first walk in, before getting settled in. When you’re checking for bedbugs, make sure your suitcase and belongings are placed in the bathroom, inside the shower or on other tiled area. An alternative option is to put your luggage on a luggage rack that’s elevated from the ground and not near any furniture or walls.

Bedbug Signs

Before leaving for your trip, familiarize yourself with the signs of a bedbug infestation, even when adult bedbugs aren’t physically present. This is helpful because bedbugs are mostly nocturnal, meaning they’ve primarily active at night. This means that you’re likely to have less luck searching for them during your normal waking hours. Aside from viewing the small, oval-shaped, brownish-red bugs, look for eggs or droppings.

Look for the following signs of bedbugs:

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  • Reddish or rust-colored stains, caused by crushed bedbugs that contained blood from their latest victim
  • Bedbug excrement, which can be seen as dark, round spots that may leave “bleed” like a marker
  • Eggs, eggshells, and pale yellow skins that are shed by young bedbugs as they grow into adulthood

Where to Check

While checking for bedbugs doesn’t need to be painstaking, you should make sure to cover all the bases. Bedbugs are sneaky, and like to find their way into small spaces and wedge inside seams and between small spaces. This is why you should be prepared to perform a thorough search. To help get a better view in difficult spaces, use an old credit card and a flashlight, if possible.

When checking for bedbugs, use the following guidelines:

  • Lift linens from the bed and check outside edges and underneath the mattress
  • Use the credit card to separate the seams, life tags, etc. so that you can see better
  • Lift the mattress and check the box spring in the same manner as the mattress
  • Check under the bed, near the headboards, and underneath small furniture like lamps
  • Check furniture such as couches and chairs, removing cushions and examining the seams

Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite

Bedbugs are a symbol of terror in today’s pest control world. They’re tiny, elusive, and spread like wildfire once they’ve found a comfortable home. Anyone who has had a bedbug infestation can tell you that it’s no walk in the park. In severe cases, bedbug treatment may require extreme measures to make sure that the problem is eliminated for good. If you have a bedbug infestation, it’s strongly recommended to contact a pest control professional like the team at Guarantee Floridian.

What Are Bedbugs?

Baby bedbugBedbugs are parasitic insects and are a member of the cimicidae family. They live and feed off of the blood of warm-blooded creatures like animals and humans. As you may have guessed, they have a special taste for human blood, and this is their preferred meal of choice. They are flat and oval-shaped with a reddish-brown color. They may measure about four to five millimeters long and about one-and-a-half to three millimeters wide.

Bedbug Infestation Causes

One of the big issues surrounding bedbugs is that they’re great hitchhikers. They’re known to jump into suitcases, purses, and clothes. They can even find homes in unlikely environments like inside laptops, cellphones, and other electronics. All it takes is one female bedbug to lay her eggs and start an infestation. This is why it’s always smart to make sure that you have a bedbug prevention plan in place to be sure that you never have to deal with these creepy-crawlies.

Bedbug Prevention Tips

Here are a few tips to help prevent a bedbug infestation:

  • Use protective mattress covers and pillowcases so bedbugs can’t get onto them
  • Reduce your home’s clutter to minimize the number of places they have to hide
  • Vacuum and clean frequently to ensure that any hitchhikers are caught
  • When using public laundry facilities, bring your clothes straight home before folding
  • When checking into hotel rooms, always check for bedbugs before unpacking your things

Bedbug Treatment
Depending on the size and scope of an infestation, bedbug treatment may be relatively simple or it may be a saga. Immediately after discovering any bedbugs, wash all linens and fabrics with hot water and dry in as high a heat as the fabric can stand. Vacuum as soon as possible, preferably with a vacuum that has a removable bag that can be thrown out right after vacuuming is complete. If bed bugs are on the bed, use a stiff brush to dislodge adults and their eggs immediately before vacuuming.
If you found bedbugs, call us today to begin your bedbug treatment as soon as possible!

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