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Notice I said "your" bed bug travel guide. Bed bugs love to travel. But this guide isn't for them. It is so you can keep them from traveling to your home and creating a nightmare for you and your family.

Do you have school vacation coming up? Maybe one of your college-age kids will be coming home for spring break. Whenever people travel, bed bugs travel. They climb inside bags, boxes, furniture, clothing, and suitcases to lay eggs or squeeze into hidden places. These are small bugs and they are easy to miss, but with a little training, you'll be spotting these bugs like a pro.

How to spot a bed bug problem.

  • Bed bugs are blood eaters. That means they are motivated to bite you. These inflamed bumps are often mistaken for mosquito, flea or spider bites. You can identify these bites by the way they will appear in a row or cluster. These bugs can feed on a fully awake human undetected. At night, they will feed multiple times without disturbing their host. Entomologists jokingly refer to bed bug bites as breakfast, lunch and supper. If you've been a meal for bed bugs, clusters and lines will be your first clue.

  • Bed bugs live near their food source. Throughout history these bugs have been referred to as bed bugs or couch bugs, because they live in or near the furniture people lounge on. This is a blood-eating insect that cannot fly. They don't have much of a chance to feed on you when you're on the move. They have to wait till you are no longer moving. If there are bed bugs in a piece of furniture there will be black fecal residue on the seams or corners. Inspect your mattress and furn iture on a routine basis, and always check these items when you go to stay anywhere that is not your home. Train your college-age kids to do the same so they don't bring these bugs home from their dorm.

  • Bed bugs dribble. As gross as this may sound, sometimes you'll discover you have bed bugs by checking your sheets and pillowcases for blood spots. These will be smaller than a pea in size and appear dark brown when dry.

  • Bed bugs are tiny brown tick-like insects. Though they do not have the eight legs ticks have, they share a similar looking head and body, especially if they are rounded by a recent blood meal.

Whether you are at home or traveling about, be sure to look for the signs of bed bug infestation. It doesn't take even one bug to infest your home. All it takes are some eggs deposited in the seams of your luggage. Routine home inspections by a pest control company and the tips in this guide will help you detect these bugs early. Early detection can keep you from having to go through the bed bug remediation process, and spare your family the trauma of being eaten by these bugs. Start getting proactive today and give us a call if you think you may have bed bugs.

Have you planned a spring trip already? Here are a few bed bug tips to keep in mind for your hotel stay.

  1. Check the headboard. Bed bugs might prefer this as a hiding spot to the mattress because there’s less human disturbance.

  2. If you think you have found bed bugs, use a washcloth and wipe over the suspected spot. Smearing is a sign that you could be dealing with bed bugs.

  3. Found bed bugs in your hotel? As long as they respond quickly with sincere earnest, forgive them. Hotels have a tough challenge when it comes to keeping the rooms bed bug free.

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