Every year thousands of people all across the country will set out the week of Christmas to make sure that they will be there to share the season with family and friends. The airports, train, and bus stations will be packed with weary travelers who just want a hot shower and a comfortable bed waiting for them at the end of their journey. When you are just trying to get from point A to point B loaded with luggage and bags of brightly wrapped gifts, it probably doesn’t occur to you to be on the lookout for the little things like bed bugs.
Up until recent years, bed bugs seemed to be a thing of the past. Then, inexplicably, the population exploded and spread across the country. Now, you can find bed bugs just about anywhere so it is important to know what you are looking for so you do not bring home an extra Christmas present that you did not ask for. First thing, when you check into your hotel, inspect your room. Check out the nooks and crannies in soft furniture or cushions for any apple seed-sized bugs either living or dead. Next, pay very close attention to the bed, especially near the headboard. Bud bugs come out while their host is asleep and are there to feed so this is the most likely spot that you will find them. Check the sheets, under the mattress, and along the pad for bugs, feces, dark stains, or even spots of blood. Staying with family? Do yourself, and them, a favor and look anyway. A house or hotel doesn’t have to be dirty to get bed bugs. They can be anywhere. Use a flashlight if necessary to make sure that your room is pest free. To be safe, you might also want to store any clothing, shoes, or toiletries in sealable plastic bags when you travel so that you can keep any potential pests out.
When the holiday is over and it is time to return home, make sure that you wash all clothing or soft items that you can in hot water before putting them away. Inspect your suitcase or any other bags that you might have brought home for signs of tiny little hitchhikers even if you did not see anything during your initial inspection of the room. Bed bugs have been known to be picked up on a bus seat, airplane, or even a park bench. Vacuum your bags thoroughly before storing away to make sure that there is nothing hiding in the zipper area or pockets. A few bugs can quickly lead to an infestation so do your best to make sure that doesn’t happen to you.
There is still a chance that you could bring home these unwanted pests. If you find that a bed bug did make it into your home, do not hesitate to contact Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions. Our environmentally friendly solutions for bed bug elimination will have you back in your own bed in no time. If you have friends joining you for the holidays, take the time to inspect your own spare room to make sure that you do not already have an infestation in your home. Christmas is just around the corner, but there is still time to get Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions to your home to eliminate any threat to your perfect family holiday.