As Americans get ready to kick off the summer travel season, it’s important to revisit some bed bug basics to ensure you don’t bring these bugs home with you.
“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 Erin Richardson with All-American Pest Control.
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.
All-American Pest Control 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.
To find more information about bed bugs and other pests, visit www.allamericanpestcontrol.com. If you think you may have bed bugs, fill out our Bed Bug Consultation Request Form or Call Today! 615-883-8526