Keeping Bed Bugs at Bay

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Bed Bugs seem to be everywhere these days. I can’t log into social media or watch the news without seeing some story about a traveler finding bed bugs in their hotel room. NO BUENO! Since Summer travel is upon us, here are some tips from the Bug Lady, that you can look for in your travels to ensure that you don’t encounter these nasty little creatures.

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First and foremost, Research!! Start out by researching the hotels on your list of potentials. I can’t stress this enough. If there has been an issue, it is easy to know by looking at reviews by previous guests. Often-times, guests who’ve had bug problems report them online. Please bear in mind that a report about one particular hotel does not mean the issue wasn’t isolated to one room, or that the hotel hasn’t fixed the problem and since exterminated.  If you are still worried by this, before unpacking and setting up shop, check the bed for telltale signs of the critters.

Before jumping into bed, here are a few spot check tips:

  • Pull back the cover, sheets and check the mattress, running your fingers along the upper and lower seams. Be sure to check the mattress tag, bed bugs often hide here.  I also suggest that you remove and examine the headboard. You are looking for tiny black spots that are smaller than poppy seeds. You may also see translucent light brown skins or, in the case of an infestation— live bugs.
  • Examine the bedside table. If there is a problem, you may see signs of bed bugs in the drawers and along the wall on the side of the bed that is less likely to be disturbed by cleaning staff and guests. Also consider elevating your bags and suitcases and keep them off the floor. Consider putting them on a luggage stand if available.
  • If you happen to check the drawers and see powder, it is likely that the room has already been treated for bed bugs by an exterminator. If bed bugs are found, you should request another room.

It is important here to inform hotel management. Moving to a different room may not be the total answer. You will need to repeat the thorough inspection of any new or different room you are offered.

Don’t Let Them Travel Home

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To ensure that these guys don’t travel home with you, when you are packing to leave, inspect your bags carefully first, and inspect every item as you pack to help detect any bugs or their signs.

Laundering most cloth items with typical hot water and detergent followed by drying on low heat for at least 20 minutes (or standard dry cleaning) should kill all bed bugs in or on such items. Sealing freshly- laundered items inside a plastic bag should help keep any more bed bugs from getting in those items later to  hide (and be carried back with you).

If you think that you may have a Bed Bug issue or if you would like inspection, I know a guy. The Bug Man offers some of the most comprehensive termite treatment options in the region. Give us a call to make an appointment for a trained technician to visit your home. For more information, please call  225.923.BUGS or or visit our website and request an estimate.

We offer worry free pest control solutions so you can rest easy knowing that your family, pets, home, and property are in good hands. We hope you enjoyed reading our blog. Until Next time! Remember, if you suspect you are having an issue, call The Bug Man and keep your peace of mind intact.

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* The Bug Lady, Layne Salvant