The worst part of this year’s spring vacation for you should be getting a little too much sun; however, if you are not careful, your vacation could be ruined by a dreaded pest known as the bed bug! As a traveler this spring season you should be aware that in times when the number of travelers and hotel guests increase that you are at a much higher risk for coming into contact with bed bugs. At McCall Service we want to help ensure that your next vacation does not mean dealing with a bed bug infestation in your home once you return.
When traveling there are many things that you can do to protect yourself from becoming a bed bugs next victim. It is important to remember that bed bugs are not present in an area because of poor sanitation. So just because a hotel has a five-star rating that does not mean that you are safe from bed bugs; bed bugs are found in any environment that has a high level of human turn-over. Things that you can do to help prevent yourself from picking up bed bugs include:
Before bringing luggage into your hotel room inspect it for signs of bed bugs. Check the sheets and linens for rust colored stains and also inspect the bottom portion of the mattress and box spring for live or crushed adult bed bugs. You can also look in the cracks and crevices of the walls and furniture for bed bug activity.
Don’t be afraid to ask for a new room if you believe you have seen signs of bed bug activity. Be sure the new room is not adjacent to the old one since bed bugs can travel through walls.
Luggage should be kept off of the floor on luggage racks and items that are not in use in should be stored in plastic bags.
When returning home after spring break vacation, clothing should be immediately washed in hot water and your suitcase should be taken directly outside to be vacuumed and cleaned before storing.
Just as guests should be vigilant against bed bugs when traveling, hotel owners and managers also need to be prepared for the influx of guests and the possibility of bed bugs entering into their hotel. It is important to set up a plan to educate your staff about the behavioral habits of this pest.
Commercial treatment for bed bugs most often includes:
Bed Bug Canine Inspections: Having your establishment routinely inspected by a trained K-9 inspection dog is a very accurate, fast and non-invasive inspection method. Bed bug K-9 dogs are able to find adult bed bugs as well as their eggs.
Bed Bug Heat Treatments- Killing bed bugs with heat is a very safe (no use of chemicals or pesticides) and is an effective way to eliminate bed bugs. Specially developed heaters are brought in and will be placed at a specific temperature to eliminate any bed bugs present; no matter what stage of life they are in. This method is very quick and allows for a much faster re-entry into the treated area than the traditional treatment for bed bugs.
Whether you are going to be a guest in a hotel or are a hotel manager, now is the time to start preparing for the spring break season. If you are concerned about bed bugs in your establishment or are worried that they may invade your home after a vacation, don’t hesitate; contact the professionals at McCall Service. We will be happy to provide you with more information about both our residential and commercial bed bug services!