As winter slowly moves to a close and spring draws near, the season of spring break and vacations is underway. If you are one of the millions of families or students planning a little fun in the sun, don’t forget to stay alert for bed bugs! You do not want to be bringing home bed bugs after your trip- just memories! Hotels, due to all the travelers coming and going, are one of the most common places to pick up a case of bed bugs. But this does not have to happen to you. For all of those living, attending school, or taking a trip, the St. Louis bed bug experts at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions would like to offer you a few tips to avoid bed bugs during your next vacation.
Before leaving home, pack your clothing in large, re-sealable bags so that no bugs can crawl in and hide amongst your belongings.
Get Your Flashlight Ready
When you get to your hotel room, leave your luggage outside until you have thoroughly inspected the room and there are no signs of bed bugs. A small flashlight will help in the search for bed bugs as it can illuminate dark hiding spots where bed bugs spend their days waiting for their next meal.
Follow the steps below to be sure you are not going to share a room with these biting insects.
Pull off sheets and check around the mattress, especially near the tags and seams for any signs of bed bugs which include: dark blood spots from them feeding, small brownish skins that are shed as they grow and of course, live bugs themselves.
Check around the bed including the headboard and nightstands
Don’t forget to inspect other areas of the hotel room such as electrical outlets, under carpet, behind hanging artwork, entertainment stands, upholstered furniture and where carpet meets wall.
Once you have swept through your room and it appears to be free and clear of any signs of an infestation, you can go ahead and bring your luggage inside. Keep luggage up off the floor on luggage stands in case there are any sneaky bed bugs on the floor.
Home Sweet Home
Upon arriving home, don’t rush through the doors just yet. You may have avoided bed bugs at the hotel but you must be sure that you didn’t encounter bed bugs on airplanes. Complete an inspection of your luggage and belongings and make sure that no critter hitchhiked its way home with you. Vacuum out your suitcases and wash all of your clothing immediately using the hottest temperature available to the fabrics.
Vacations should be full of fun and stress free. Simply being aware of the rooms and environments you stay in and learning what to look to for in regards to a bed bug infestation will give you the upper hand. If you do happen to spot a bed bug in your hotel room, notify the hotel staff immediately so they can call in their pest control professionals. If you are back home in St. Louis and it appears that you've got bed bugs at home after your vacation, Rottler is ready to help. With comprehensive bed bug services that include K9 inspections and bed bug heat treatments in St. Louis, contact our bed bug experts today and rest easy knowing that you will be bed bug free in no time.
This blog was originally published on February 15, 2012, but we have updated it to reflect the most recent and accurate information available in helping you combat frustrating bed bug problems.