How to Prevent Bed Bugs While Traveling
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It is the first day of your vacation. You wake up. You shuffle to the bathroom. You flick the light on. In the mirror of the bathroom is your face. But not your face. One side is covered in red, rashy bumps that go all the way down your neck. Something bit you in the night. A lot of somethings. Now your vacation is ruined. Believe it or not, this is not the worst thing that can happen if you don’t put bed bug prevention into your travel plans. Bed bugs are hitchhiking bugs. If you don’t take precautions, you could bring them home with you. Here are 4 things you can do to stop bed bugs from stowing away in your belongings.
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Find out what a bed bug looks like in all its stages of development
- Bed bugs are tiny. At full size, they are only about the size of an apple seed. This is about 4.5 millimeters. Don’t expect to easily see these bugs crawling around unless you’re looking right at an infestation.
- Bed bugs are not always 4.5 millimeters. Immature nymphs range from 1 to 4.5 millimeters. When they first hatch, they’re about the size of the tip on a pen.
- Bed bugs are not always rust-colored. When they first hatch they are pale. This coloring turns to tan and then to brownish red over time.
- When bed bugs first hatch they are transparent. As they develop, they become less transparent. Even as a full adult, you can see the insides of a bed bug if you look closely. This transparency can actually help you see an immature nymph that is feeding on you before bedtime. It will grow bright red as it fills with your blood. Since immature nymphs are most likely to feed before bed time, this is the bed bug you’re likely to see, not the fully adult bug from the news.
Check the place you’ll be staying before you go
We live in a digital age. Take full advantage of it. Check bedbugregistry.com, or some other review site, and see if a bed bug report has been filed for the place you’ll be staying. If there have been several, you may want to choose another place to stay. If there is only one, give the place a call. Ask the person on the phone what their bed bug plan is. If that bed bug incident was an isolated event, the person running the place will know the bed bug plan. This is also a great way to find out what management is willing to do if bed bugs are found in your room. It is best to stay at a place that will be willing to move you to another room for free if bed bugs are encountered. As long as the room isn’t adjacent, above, or below the room you were in, it should be fine.
Do a quick inspection for bed bugs
When you get to your room do the following:
- Leave your bag in your car until you’ve done your inspection–if you’re able. If not, put your bags on the bathroom floor.
- Use a flashlight to check the sheets, pillowcases, mattress seams, underside of the box spring, upholstered furniture, baseboards, and wall outlets for bed bug signs. If bed bugs are infesting the room, you may see black streaks, tiny black droppings, black patches, light brown to dark brown blood staining, shed insect skins, or these tiny bugs crawling around.
- If you find evidence, bring it to the attention of management.
Simple Precautions to Prevent Bed Bugs
During your stay, consider keeping your luggage in plastic bags. When you bring your luggage out, use the luggage stand, if one is provided, or use a table to put your luggage on. Don’t leave clothing on the floor or draped over a chair. And, when you get home from vacation, wash and dry all your clothing on the hottest temperature. This should kill bed bugs in all stages of development.
If bed bugs ever appear in your home, call a professional. These pests are extremely hard to get rid of without proper education and training. If you are in our service area, reach out to us. Allgood Pest Solutions uses the most advanced bed bug protocols in the industry. We’ll make sure those bed bugs are completely gone.Back to Bed Bug Exterminators, Control & Removal
How to Prevent Bed Bugs While Traveling in Atlanta & Knoxville Metros and Surrounding Areas
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