Don’t bring home unwanted souvenirs!
Summer is officially here. (Although I’ve questioned that with Chicago’s recent cool dip!) It’s time to book that vacation!! Before you start packing your suitcase, take a quick couple of minutes to cruise through this article and brush up on best practices on how NOT to get bed bugs while on this trip.
“Bed bugs can turn a relaxing vacation into a nightmare, especially if they return home with you,” said Bill Hastings. “Bed bugs are one of the most difficult pests to control, but taking precautions, such as inspecting hotel rooms, beach rentals and cabins prior to settling in, is a critical first step in helping travelers avoid coming into contact with these blood-sucking pests.”
If you haven’t already…
Learn about Bed Bugs Chicago!
How will you know what you’re supposed to avoid if you don’t know what they look like? Check it out. Just the facts. Here’s a flash card:
Bed Bug Prevention Tips
Keep these bullets in the back of your mind as you check into your home away from home this summer. You’ll save yourself so much stress in the long run! I promise!
- Thoroughly inspect the entire hotel room or rental before unpacking, including behind headboards, and around the bottom of cushions and seams of other furniture.
- Pull back bed sheets and inspect mattress seams and box springs, particularly the corners, for pepper-like stains or shed bed bug skins.
- Use a large plastic trash bag or a protective cover to store your luggage during your stay.
- Do not place luggage on upholstered surfaces. The safest place is typically in the bathroom in the tub, the middle of a tile floor or on a luggage rack after it has been thoroughly inspected. Do not use a luggage rack if it has hollow legs, where bed bugs may hide unseen.
- If any pests are spotted, notify management and change rooms or properties immediately. If staying in a hotel, be sure your new room is not adjacent to the possibly infested room.
- When you return home, inspect and vacuum your suitcases thoroughly before bringing them into the home. Consider using a garment hand steamer to steam your luggage, which will kill any bed bugs.
- Wash all your clothes – even the items not worn – in hot water or dry on high heat.
“If you suspect that bed bugs may have hitchhiked a ride into your abode, contact a licensed pest professional to recommend a course of treatment,” advised Hastings.