Do you have a kid going to camp? That is exciting! Camps are a ton of fun and are great places to learn important things like how to make a fire in the woods, how to juggle a soccer ball, or how to swim. Camp is a great place for your child to learn resilience, confidence, and independence; but, sadly, it is also a great place to pick up bed bugs. If you would rather not have a home infestation after your child returns from camp, here are a few important tips to keep you safe.
Look for signs. Ask if your child heard anything about bed bugs while they were at camp. If they did, you'll know to take extra precaution. You should also examine them for any rashy welts. Bed bug bites are distinguishable from mosquito bites in that they are usually in a line or in a cluster and usually surrounded by a rash.
Isolate their belongings. When your child returns home, it is important to make sure they don't track bed bugs into the house. Consider establishing a staging area in the garage or in the driveway to keep their things for a short time.
A quick change. Bed bugs can be as small as the tip of a pen so they can hide inside the clothing your child has on. They can also be stowing away in a batch of eggs. Bed bug eggs do not need the mother to hatch, and an infestation can start with just eggs. Consider having your child change into a new outfit and immediately wash the clothes worn home in hot water.
Kill those bugs with heat. Take all the clothing that came back from camp--including shoes--and wash those items in hot water and throw them into the dryer immediately. High temperatures kill bed bugs in all stages of development. If the hot water from the wash doesn't kill them, the heat of the dryer will.
Be aware. Bed bugs can hide in many places. They can be inside the seams of luggage, duffle bags, and other portable items. They can also be inside electronics. Remember that the quicker you find and identify a bed bug infestation the easier it will be to treat for these pests.
If you suspect that you accidentally picked up a bed bug infestation, it is time to call in a professional like Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions. These are traumatizing bugs that are extremely difficult to eradicate. Don't let the bed bugs bite. Get effective, state-of-the-art bed bug services from Rottler Pest And Lawn Solutions today.