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Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions encourages public awareness ahead of summer travel season

St. Louis, Missouri (April 24th, 2012) – This week, Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions is marking Bed Bug Awareness Week to culminate the annual observance on National Pest Management Month. As Americans get ready to kick off the summer travel season, it’s important to revisit some bed bug basics.

“Bed bugs continue to pose a serious problem in this country. We encourage college students returning home, families going on vacation, business travelers and the public in general to be vigilant for signs of bed bugs wherever they go and take preventative measures to keep from infesting their homes,” said Mike Rottler, President at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions.

According to a 2011 National Pest Management Association and the University of Kentucky survey of professional pest control companies, bed bugs are the most challenging pest to treat. Additionally, the survey found that 99 percent of pest professionals have encountered bed bug infestations in the past year – a sharp increase from the 25 percent in 2000.

During Bed Bug Awareness Week, Rottler offers the following bed bug prevention tips when traveling:

  • Pull back hotel bed sheets, inspect the mattress seams, box spring, around and behind the headboard, sofas and chairs for telltale brownish or reddish spots, shed skins or bugs. 

  • Avoid putting luggage on the bed or upholstered furniture.

  • If changing rooms, be sure the new room is not adjacent to the infested room. 

  • Use a large plastic bag to store luggage. 

  • Upon returning home, inspect and vacuum suitcases thoroughly before bringing them into the house. 

  • Wash clothes – whether worn or not - in hot water or have them dry cleaned.

For more information about these and other pests, please visit

About Rottler Pest & Lawn Soltuions
Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions has been a family owned and operated pest control and lawn care company since 1956. They provide residential and commercial pest control and lawn care to St. Louis, O’Fallon and all of Mid- Missouri.

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