Bed bugs. The name alone is enough to make your skin crawl. Over the past few years, these pests have experienced an unwelcome resurgence across the United States. Your home may be safe for now, but traveling increases the risk of encountering blood-sucking bed bugs.
If bed bugs hitch a ride home in your suitcase, you’re going to have a hard time getting them out. They’ll spread rapidly from room to room, making it critical to have an Atlanta pest control company deal with the infestation.
Encountering bed bugs may seem inevitable, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself. Knowing what to look for and how to keep them from coming home with you may prevent a dangerous infestation. If you’re traveling, here’s three bed bug tips you need to know.
1. Know What to Look For
Bed bugs are small, reddish-brown in color, and around the size and shape of an apple seed. Except in the event of a large-scale infestation, you won’t see them out in the open.
They’re usually identified when people spot small specks of feces and blood on mattresses, walls, or linens. Casted skins, the empty, transparent shells left behind when the bugs grow, are also a red flag that bed bugs are nearby.
2. They’re Not Just in Beds
Despite the name, bed bugs lurk in more areas than just beds. They hide anywhere with cracks and crevices, such as bed frames, furniture, baseboards, electrical outlets, and even behind picture frames.
If you think you’re in the clear just because you didn’t stay at a hotel, think again. Bed bugs have been found in movie theatres, schools, offices, waiting rooms, and various modes of transportation.
3. Stay Proactive to Prevent Infestations
You can carry bed bugs home on your body and in your belongings without knowing it. Some people develop bite reactions, while others do not. Don’t assume you’re safe just because you don’t see bite marks.
As soon as you get home, throw your clothes into the washing machine on a high-heat setting. If an item can’t be laundered, place it in the freezer for a few hours or overnight. Visually inspect your suitcases before bringing them inside. It’s also a good idea to vacuum them out or use a hand steamer to kill any bugs that may have hitched a ride.
Choose STINGER Pest Solutions
If you suspect you may have brought bed bugs back from your trip, it’s imperative to have them professionally treated as soon as possible.
At STINGER Pest Solutions, we understand what makes a great pest control company. That’s how we’ve earned our numerous accolades, including QualityPro, the mark of distinction from the Foundation for Professional Pest Management. Give us the chance to show you pest control done right with the customer in mind. Contact STINGER Pest Solutions and call today at 770-645-7595 for more information on all of our pest control solutions for your home or business.