Last week we had some warm and sunny days in the 70s. Today is cold and windy and still a little bit too cold for most bugs to come out. But I think spring is just around the corner. When the temperatures start getting in the 70s the bugs will start coming out and when the temperature gets above 80 and we have a warm spring rain the termites start swarming. That’s when the pest control business really starts getting busy. Here’s a red wasp I saw today.
Staying in a hotel can be a lot of fun but bringing bedbugs home with you can be a nightmare. The most common way bedbugs are spread is by bringing them home in your suitcase.
How to keep from bringing bed bugs home with you.
1. Do not put your luggage on a bed in a hotel room. The first thing most of us do when we arrive in a hotel room is to put our luggage on the bed. Bed bugs are nocturnal, feed only on blood and do not move far from their food source. Therefore the most common place to find bed bugs, as their name suggest, is in or around the bed. And the most common way they are transported is in luggage. So do not set your luggage on the bed. Keep it on a luggage rack as far away from the bed as possible.
2. When you get home wash and dry all the clothes in your suitcase whether you wore them or not. The heat from the dryer will kill any bed bugs or their eggs and help prevent them from spreading into your home. Keep in mind that bedbugs can hide in the cracks and crevices of a suitcase as well. So if you suspect you might have stayed somewhere that had bed bugs it would be a good idea to spray the suitcase down with a safe insecticide or put it inside of a trash bag and seal it up tight for storage. Personally I would probably just throw the suitcase away and get another one next time I travel. Bedbugs can go up-to one year without feeding. So it can be very difficult to get rid of them once they get into your luggage.
How to look for bedbugs in your hotel room.
I always carry a flashlight with me when I travel and the first thing I do when I get in a hotel room is check between the mattress and box springs and the bead that goes around the edge of the mattress. I pull the sheets back and lift the mattress up looking for any small bugs or small black spots. Also I look on the mattress and the sheets for any blood spots. Then finally the last place I looked is between the headboard and the wall. If there are any bedbugs in that room I will find them in one of those places.
My wife is a flight attendant and travels every week and by following these simple rules we have been able to keep the bugs out of our house. But I also can’t help thinking about how I run more bed bug jobs every year then I did the year before. And this year there have been bedbugs reported in every state in the United States. By being aware of the severity of this problem and following these simple steps you too can head off the nightmare of living with bed bugs.
If you have any questions or think you might have brought bedbugs home and would like me to give you a free inspection just give me a call. Or if you are staying in a hotel and see something that you think might be bedbugs but are not sure feel free to take a picture of it and text it to me. I will look at the picture and see if I can tell you if it is bedbugs or not and text you back right away.
I hope this information has been helpful and you have a great spring break.
Thank you, Brent Russell