Holiday Travel Tips: Preventing Bed Bugs
It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also the busiest! With more people traveling during the holidays than any other time of year, bed bug infestations are bound to happen. Infestations are often traced back to traveling because they are found in hotels and spread by infesting luggage, which is why they’re often brought into homes unknowingly. If you’re staying in a hotel this holiday season or inviting guests to stay in your home, keep reading to learn The Hitmen’s top tips for preventing bed bugs.
Preventing Bed Bugs While Traveling
Bed bug problems are often linked back to infested hotels. Even the cleanest of hotels can experience bed bug infestations, which is why it’s important to protect yourself while traveling.
The number one way to prevent bed bugs while traveling is to safely pack your suitcase. Always store your clothing in sealed plastic bags and use a hard-case suitcase as opposed to a soft-cover one. When you return from a trip, steam-clean your suitcase before bringing it indoors, and wash all clothing in hot water.
How to Control Bed Bugs in Hotels
Bed bug problems in hotels are more common than you may want to believe. There are several ways to go about preventing bed bugs during your next hotel stay:
- Research before booking a hotel room by reading through reviews for mentions of bed bug problems.
- Do a hotel room inspection before settling in by pulling back the sheets to look for live bugs or signs of bed bug activity.
- Always store your suitcase on luggage racks, on top of furniture, or inside of a bathtub inside hotel rooms.
Bed Bug Removal Process
Bed bugs are resilient creatures and can spread right under your nose, which is why it’s crucial to be proactive about preventing them while traveling. If you find yourself with bed bugs, it’s time to call the bed bug exterminators at The Hitmen Termite & Pest Control. Our team can provide bed bug removal and help you learn more about preventing bed bug infestations in the future.