Summer traveling can be fun for the whole family! You may have spent time at a nice hotel, swimming in pools or enjoying a delicious meal at a fine restaurant. After a relaxing vacation the last thing you want to do is bring any unwanted pests home with you. Bed bugs are one of the most dreaded pests in America and can be present anywhere you travel, no matter how clean it might seem. Bed bugs are called “hitchhiker” bugs because they are expert travelers. They will hitch rides on luggage, bags and even clothing. Once they have made it home with you, it is likely you won't realize they are there until you start to notice indicators of their presence.
Although bed bugs are not known to spread disease to humans, an experience with these pests can be quite a traumatic ordeal, especially to young children. No one wants to struggle with sleep for fear of being bit. The thing about bed bugs is that they are not the kind of pest to go away on their own. They will keep populating until the infestation is out of control.
These bugs have been found in walls, crawl spaces, crevices in carpet as well as in curtain rods. Bed bugs are nocturnal insects and almost always venture out at night in search of a meal. If you have been bit, you will likely see red marks on your arms, legs or any exposed skin during sleeping.
Did you know 75% of pest control professionals have encountered bed bug infestations in hotels and motels? At McCall we know you want to enjoy your summer, so don’t let this scary statistic keep you from your fun travel plans this summer!
Here are some helpful summer tips to help limit bed bug exposure this season:
Hotel Inspection. When you arrive at a hotel or motel, inspect your sheets at the seams for reddish brown little stains. Also, inspect behind your headboard, on sofas and chairs.
Room Change. If you find evidence of bed bugs, you can ask for a room change. If this does not work, you may want find a different hotel.
Protection for luggage. Try to store your luggage in a plastic garbage bag while you are away.
- Home Inspection. After you arrive home from your vacation remember to inspect all of you clothes and luggage for any little, hitchhiking bed bugs. It is also good to wash and dry all clothes, even the unused ones.
Take a moment to think about bed bugs when you arrive at your destination and when you get home. However, do not let them consume your vacation fun. The exterminators at McCall wish you a very happy, safe and bed bug free summer! Click here to learn more about McCall's bed bug service options!