hometown hero photo
‘Over the river and through the wood to Grandfathers house we go,
The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh,
Through the white and drifted snow, oh!’
 
Traveling for the holidays has changed quite a bit over the years.  We have gone from horse drawn sleighs with sweet sounding bells to jumbo jets and fast cars.  A lot has changed, but many things haven’t.  The love of family and joining together for the holidays has remained the same.  The faces, names, and traditions may be a little different, but it all centers around common people joining together to celebrate their lives and their relationships. 
 
If you are traveling this holiday season you probably have a travel checklist.  It may look a lot like the following list:
 
  1. Call friends or the home security company and let them know that you will be out of town so they can check on the house.

  2. Make travel plans: book the flight and reserve the rental car; or get the oil changed in your car and the tires and brakes checked for the long drive. Book your hotel, if needed, and be sure to ask them what their bed bug policy is and if they have had any incidences with them recently.   

  3. Call the kennel and make reservations for Fido or the kitty to have a holiday vacation while you’re away.

  4. Clean out the fridge!  Make a meal plan and stick to it so that there are not ‘science experiments’ in your fridge when you get back.

  5. Be sure that Mount St. Laundry is all washed, dried, folded, and put away because you know you will have more than a few loads to get through when you get back; not to mention the Mount will be stinky if it sits that long waiting to be cleaned.

If you are staying in a hotel or using any type of public transportation you should be on the look-out for bed bugs.  These teeny menaces have been discovered just about anywhere that humans spend time.  Recently they have been discovered in such places as:
 
  • Taxi cabs and public transportation (buses, subways, trains etc.)

  • Libraries

  • Airport waiting areas

  • Airplanes

  • Traditional places like, hotels, motels, hospitals, dorm rooms, and nursing homes

 
Bed bugs aren’t just limited to beds, and they don’t care about the cleanliness of an environment.  The only thing that they need is a blood meal source, and that’s you.  Keep an eye out for any signs or trace of them.
 
  • Look closely into the seams of seats anywhere that you sit.

  • Inspect hotel rooms

  • Thoroughly inspect ALL beds and bedrooms that you will be sleeping in.  Look for blood and fecal stains on the bedding, mattresses, and wall around the bed.

Don’t be shy about asking about bed bug policies from places that you stay. Bed bugs are not shy about helping themselves to you for a meal or jumping in your luggage to relocate to your house.  
 
Enjoy the holidays.  Spend time with your family and loved ones, but be sure not to bring the unwanted gift of bed bugs home.  That ‘gift’ will just keep on giving you grief.  If you think you may have inadvertently brought them home with you, it’s ok.  Don’t panic.  Give the experts here at All-American Pest a call and we will quickly bring peace into your home again by making it bed-bug free.