Bed bugs may not spread disease, but they do cause itchy bites and they are a real nightmare to get rid of once they've taken up residence in your home. If you're going on vacation soon, it's worth your while to take a few measures to ensure you don't bring bed bugs home. Keep in mind that bed bugs can infest even clean hotels and homes. So even if the place you're staying looks clean and pristine, you need to follow these tips:
Check the beds when you first get in.
Before you set anything down or get into bed in your hotel room, check the bed for bugs. Peel back the sheets, and look especially along the seams of the mattress and the back of the mattress where it meets the headboard. If you see any round, black bugs, these are probably bed bugs. Leave the hotel room and ask for a refund. Go stay elsewhere.
Don't set things on the ground.
You want to avoid having a bed bug hitch a ride in your suitcase. The best way to do this is to avoid putting your suitcases or backpacks on the floor. Place them neatly on top of the dressers or table instead. Don't unpack your clothing into a dresser. It might seem tidier, but bed bugs could be lounging in the drawers and waiting to get picked up in your clothing.
Keep your eyes peeled as you re-pack items.
As you put things back into a suitcase and pack up to get going, keep a close eye on your things. If you notice any round, black bugs scurrying away, these are bed bugs. Throw away the affected item, or package it up in a plastic bag until you get it home and can wash it.
Wash things immediately.
Even if you do not see bed bugs on any of your items, it's a good idea to wash everything as soon as you get home. Wash your clothing in hot water since high temperatures kill bed bugs and their eggs. When it comes to hard items, wipe them off with disinfectant wipes and then dispose of the wipes outside.
If you do notice any suspicious bugs in your home after you return home from a vacation, get in touch with a pest management company immediately. Bed bugs breed rapidly, and they're a lot easier to get rid of when there are still only a few of them.
Contact a company like Be There Pest Control for more information and assistance.