Are you considering a trip? Has the thought of bed bugs crossed your mind? You're not alone. More and more people are looking into practical measures to protect themselves when they travel. When bed bugs get into a home, they are a nightmare. And one of the primary ways bed bugs get into a home is by hitching a ride home from a vacation destination.
While taking a trip isn't the only way to get bed bugs, there is a higher probability that you'll bring one of these unwanted passengers home with you when you travel. Why? Because bed bugs are travelers too. They ride into hotels, motels, resorts and other accommodations inside suitcases, bags, and other portable items. Once inside a large building, where lots of people sleep, they are in their perfect environment. The blood of humans is their food source, and they prefer to feed at night when carbon dioxide levels rise.
Not only do bed bugs ride into hotels, motels, resorts, and other accommodations, they ride out as well. When a female has had a blood meal, she will go looking for a place to lay her eggs. This will bring her into bags, luggage, pocketbooks, and even electronics. This will have you carrying a fertile female bed bug home with you, or a batch of her eggs. And a batch of eggs left by a female bed bug do not need any assistance hatching. If that female dies, her babies will live on--most likely, in your home.
If you would rather not bring bed bugs home with you, here are a few practical prevention tips that should help:
Before you travel, visit bedbugregistry.com to find out if anyone has reported bed bugs in the place you'll be staying. These reviews can be very insightful. Keep in mind that a bed bug report does not mean bed bugs are still present. These are difficult pests to fully control, and a sighting of a bed bug doesn't always mean an infestation. Call ahead and ask what measures are currently being taken to control bed bugs. If the establishment says they have routine bed bug inspections by a professional, that is a good indication that they have an effective plan in place. Routine inspections, employee training, and targeted treatments are the only protocol that works to fully control bed bugs.
When you arrive at your vacation destination, take a few minutes to do an inspection of your room. It may seem inconvenient, but you'll be glad you did this if bed bugs are found. Inspect mattress seams, the edge and bottom of all box springs, recesses in bed frames, bedspreads, sheets, pillow cases, outlet covers, and upholstered furniture for black streaks, black patches, tiny black droppings, shed insect skins, tiny white eggs, brown or red blood stains, or tiny six-legged bugs grouped together.
Be aware that, even if your room seems to be free of bed bugs, there can still be bed bugs present. There is also a chance that bed bugs could exist in an adjacent room. For added protection, be sure to use the luggage rack provide (or a tabletop) when you open your luggage to get articles of clothing out. When you discard clothing, put your items in a sealed plastic bag. Never leave clothes on the floor or draped over a bed or chair.
When you return home, do an inspection of your luggage and bags. Look for tiny white eggs deposited in seams, cracks, and other hidden spots.
Be sure to wash all of your clothing, bedding, and fabrics on the hottest temperature. This will destroy bed bugs in every stage of development. If any of your items have eggs stuck to them, this will prevent them from hatching into an infestation.
What do I do if I bring bed bugs home?
There are many ways bed bugs can get into a home, vacation traveling is only one of them. You can pick them up when you take a taxi cab, visit a retail outlet, go to the movies, check a book out from the library, go to work, and more. Your kids can bring them home when they spend the night somewhere--or just come back from school or daycare. If you ever find bed bugs in your home, call a professional pest control company that is QualityPro certified by the National Pest Management Association. QualityPro is a seal of excellence that ensures the highest level of service.
If you live in Long Island or the Five Boroughs, the QualityPro-certified team here at Parkway Pest Services would love to help you rid your home of those bed bugs. You can schedule service right here.
Bed Bugs And Harmful Bacteria
When cockroaches get into a home they can spread disease and harmful bacteria that lead to food poisoning, dysentery, diarrhea, and vomiting. They are also considered disease spreaders and a significant danger to those who suffer from Asthma.
Many invertebrates are considered vectors of bacterial disease. This is because they feed on rotting and decaying organic matter.
Bed bugs do not climb in trash cans or crawl around in pantries or cupboards. Since they are blood eaters, they do not pose a danger in this way.
What Danger Do Bed Bugs Present?
While bed bug bites are not medically important, they can lead to a secondary infection if scratched bites are not kept clean and disinfected. There is also a chance that exposure to a bed bug infestation can cause a psychological issue for some.
If you have an infection due to exposure to bed bugs, contact a physician. For remediation of bed bugs, seek the assistance of a bed bug control expert.