Are you planning on taking a trip this holiday season? Make sure you have a bed bug plan in place before, during, and after your trip. There is nothing that can ruin a holiday faster than bed bug bites, and nothing is more frustrating than bringing these bugs home with you. With a few simple tips, you can protect yourself and your family.
Before you leave, make sure to look at reviews for your hotel closely. There are many online services, like Yelp and TripAdvisor, that can help you see trouble before you're in the middle of it. If you would like reviews that are directly related to bed bugs, take a look at bedbugregistry.com. A little research goes a long way in the fight against these blood-eating parasites.
Another smart thing you can do before you head out on your trip is to call ahead and ask if your hotel has a bed bug prevention plan. A quick response to this question will show you that the place you are staying at takes these bugs seriously. That means there is a good chance they have ongoing bed bug inspections from a professional pest control company. You'll also find out what reassurances you'll have if these bugs are found. Bed bugs don't just live in seedy motels. They can be found in the most luxurious 5-star accommodations. No matter where you go, these bugs could pop up. It is good to know what to expect if they do. If your hotel says that they will move you to another room at no cost to you and possibly throw in something to eat or drink, you'll be good to go. Bed bugs are rarely rampant through an entire hotel. Infestations are usually isolated. You'll be safe in a room that is not adjacent to the one you were in.
When you get to your room, do an inspection. Put your bags in the bathroom, on the tile, where they will be safer. Peel down all the blankets on all the beds. Inspect sheets for black streaks, shed insect casings, tan urine stains and dark brown blood stains. Pull sheets up and check all mattress seams and corners for black fecal residue. Use a flashlight and check all upholstery in the room for these signs as well.
If you detect bed bugs during your initial inspection, or any time during your stay, don't be shy. Speak up. Many times guests don't want to make waves and they just deal with a little filth on a mattress. But you should know that most hotels want you to tell them if you find bugs. It helps them to address the problem quickly and prevent litigation.
When you leave the hotel, make sure to check the seams in your luggage. Even though you didn't see any bugs during your stay, this is always a good measure for added protection.
When you get home, wash all your clothing on the hottest temperature. This will kill all stages of bed bugs, even eggs. And those eggs don't need their mother to hatch. They can start an infestation all on their own.
There you go. Now you have the tools you need to make your holiday bed-bug free. If the dreaded and worst thing happens if after you take all these precautions and you think you brought bed bugs home with you, give the professionals here at McCall service a call. We can get these hitch-hiking blood-sucking parasites out of your home fast! No one wants these unwanted holiday and after holiday house guests.