Pest of the Month: Bed Bugs

When traveling for the holidays, the last thing you want is to bring home unwanted critters. Bed bugs can live and breed year-round so it is important to be cognizant of the preventative steps you should take in order to avoid bringing an infestation into your home.

Bed bugs are red-ish brown in color and about the size of an apple seed. They move from place to place on luggage, furniture, clothes, etc. Contrary to popular belief, these critters do not feed on dirt or filth, instead, they live from biting humans and animals for blood. Even the nicest, cleanest lodging accommodations can host bed bugs if a prior guest has inadvertently brought them into the space. With this in mind, the following precautions are recommended for bed bug prevention:

Precautions to Take While Traveling

  • Check mattresses in hotel rooms for signs of bed bugs, paying special attention along the seams
    • Bed bugs may appear as reddish or black spots
    • Also be on the lookout for tiny eggs
  • Place luggage on a luggage rack away from the wall
  • Look for evidence of bed bugs on other furniture near the bed, like framed wall art and nightstands
  • If you see anything of concern, contact the hotel staff immediately

Precautions to Take When Returning Home

  • Launder your travel clothes separately, in hot water if fabrics will allow
  • Vacuum your luggage and empty the contents of the vacuum in a bag you can seal and dispose of the bag outdoors

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If you feel you may have a bed bug problem in your home, contact a pest control company immediately. Attempting to treat bed bugs yourself can cause the infestation to spread to other areas of your home.

At Anti-Pest, we offer FREE inspections and quotes. Call us at 221-6181 to make an appointment. In most cases, we can have a technician at your home the very same day.