Although they can be difficult to spot, bed bugs are in more places than you might expect. It's important to know the signs, especially while travelling. Learn how to protect you and your family from a bed bug infestation with these easy tips!
Anna: “Bed bugs really scare me. Even though I work with them every day, I'm still scared every time I go out of town. I want to look at everything. The only good thing about bed bugs is that they do not carry disease. Mentally, emotionally, physically, financially it's devastating to a lot of people.”
Jim: “The bugs themselves can be microscopic all the way up to about the size of a full grown tick; an 8th of an inch, flat, oval-shaped, tannish-red color. Very visible if you're looking for them. The problem is they hide really, really well. Bed bugs have to be brought into the home. There is no such thing as bed bugs crawling from your next door neighbor to your house. They have to be brought in through travel, through buying used furniture, through having visitors come stay at your house. You just have to be cautious.”
Anna: “The first thing you should do before you actually enter your hotel room is do some investigating. Don't take anything in. You want to look at the headboard. You want to look at the creases and cracks of the mattress and box spring.”
Jim: “See if there's any spotting on the bed. They'll create little spots that look like you took a Sharpie and touched it to the bed and let it sit for a second or two. That will smear if you wet your finger and rub it across it.”
Anna: “The other thing you can do is once you've done your investigating of the beds, you can bring your luggage in, but never put it on your bed. They have luggage racks. Put them on there. Put your luggage there. Live out of your suitcase. Take your clothes out as you need them. Don't take them out, put them in the dresser. Don't take them out and lay them on the extra bed that you don't need. Just keep everything as contained as possible in your own luggage.”
Jim: “It's up to us to try to prevent from bringing them back home if we can, and to be vigilant if we do get them home to find it as quickly as possible and limit the problems.”
“Everything from encasements and climb ups, which are little cups that go under the leg of the bed, to confirm you have bed bugs, all the way to a potential heat treatment where we're coming in and we're heating the house or an infected area of the house to 123 degrees minimum. Then we do two follow-up visits that require materials to be placed in the home to kill any stragglers that survived. If you think you've been exposed, call. There's things that we can do to monitor to see. We're here to help.”