The only downside of a vacation is getting back into your routine afterward. After a week or two of fun in the sun, easing back into the daily grind can be challenging. Imagine adding the stress of a bedbug infestation into the mix. B&B Exterminating Company offers these tips for keeping your home bed bug-free no matter where your travels take you this summer.
Where Are Bed Bugs Found?
These insects can be found throughout the U.S. and in countries around the world. They live in houses, apartment buildings, hotels, hospitals, shopping malls and other settings. A rise in global travel means more and more households are plagued by infestations caused by domestic and international trips.
Inspect Your Room
Bed bugs are small and tend to hide in crevices, making them easy to miss. Be sure to inspect your accommodations before settling in to prevent taking these pests with you. Bed bugs feed on the blood of people and animals, and our bedtime serves as their mealtime. Our sleeping areas are hot spots for bed bug populations, so lift the mattress, checking around the piping. Look for reddish-brown spots -- signs of feedings -- as well as the bugs themselves.
Isolate Travel Items
Keep clothing in plastic bags after wearing them on vacation. Before entering your home, inspect the creases, pockets, and linings of your bags for small (less than 1/5 of an inch long) reddish bugs with flat bodies and front wings. Isolating and washing all items worn or used on your trip is the ideal way to prevent any strays from invading your household. Wash all clothing on the hottest allowable temperature setting according to tag instructions. Dry on your machine's high heat setting if possible. Dry-clean only items should be tossed in the dryer on medium to high heat to kill bed bugs. Send these clothes to the dry cleaners to get fabrics clean afterward.
Washing Clothes Exposed to Bed Bugs
When placing items in the washer or dryer, tip clothes directly from their plastic bags into the machine. Place the used bags inside clean bags and seal the outer bags before throwing them away. Seal your luggage in large plastic bags to contain any bugs until it can be cleaned. Items that can't be placed in the washer and/or dryer can be frozen to get rid of bed bugs.
These precautions may seem like a lot of work, but they provide peace of mind and help keep bed bugs at bay after your summer vacation. If you think you may have an infestation despite your best efforts, professional pest control services are a must. B&B Exterminating Company offers safe, effective bed bug treatment in and near Jacksonville, FL. Contact us today to restore safety and comfort to your home.