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Bed Bug Infestations on the Rise with Summer Travel
Summer is the perfect time to explore new destinations, visit family and friends or simply jet off on a much-needed vacation. However, amidst the excitement of travel, one pest that can hitch a ride and follow you home are bed bugs. These tiny blood-sucking pests are notorious for latching onto luggage, clothing and other personal belongings and making their way into homes. In this post, we’ll discuss basic facts about bed bugs, how to spot an infestation, and ways to prevent or address an active infestation.
How Bed Bugs Get into Homes
Bed bugs don’t discriminate and are not associated with unclean environments. They can be found in upscale hotels, apartment complexes, dorm rooms, homes, and even movie theaters. Bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers and travel by latching onto clothes, bags, and other personal belongings. Simply put, wherever humans go, bed bugs may follow.
Spotting an Infestation
It can be challenging to spot bed bugs as they are very small and tough to detect. Sticky or stained sheets are often the first sign of an infestation. Bed bugs leave behind droppings that resemble small black or brown specks, and you may find them on your sheets or mattress. People also tend to experience itchiness or bites, similar to mosquito bites or small rashes, which can help detect an infestation. Additionally, if you notice tiny, white eggs or see live bed bugs, it’s essential to take action to address the issue.
Prevention and Treatment
Preventing bed bug infestations involves being proactive, especially when traveling. Inspect hotel or motel rooms when checking in, paying close attention to the edges of the mattress or corners near the headboard. When unpacking, store your clothes in a suitcase rack instead of placing them on the floor or bed. After returning home, immediately unpack and wash all clothes in hot water.
Treating an infestation can be difficult. Bed bugs may hide in various areas, making it essential to work with a professional pest control service. Initially treating the infected area with an over-the-counter solution may not solve the issue fully. A skilled exterminator can determine the extent of the infestation, help remove bed bugs, and ensure they’re entirely eradicated.
Don’t Let Bed Bugs Share Your Excellent Adventure
In conclusion, while bed bugs may seem like a small concern, they can wreak havoc on your home. With increased bed bug activity during the summer months, it’s essential to take precautions and be proactive in preventing bed bugs from taking up residence in your home. Being mindful and observing a few basic precautions when unpacking clothes from a vacation or business trip can save time and money in pest control efforts. Bed bugs may be difficult to eliminate, but there is hope with the right treatment and techniques.
The Professionals at Ecola Termite & Pest Control have the experience to treat these pests and rid them from your home. Contact Ecola Today at 800-471-BUGS (2847), where free estimates are cheerfully quoted over the phone! Happy travels and stay bed bug-free!