If you are like many other people, going on vacation each year is an event you don't want to miss, and you look forward to it months in advance. No matter where you go or what you do, keeping a few safety tips in mind can prevent you from running into unexpected problems. The large number of travelers during this time increases the odds of getting bed bugs when you stay at a hotel. Luckily, you can do many things when your mission is to keep bed bugs at bay, and the following guide will help.
Protecting Your Clothes
Your clothes are the first place bed bugs will hide if they are interested in following you home, and unless you know how to identify the pests, you won't even know about the threat until it's too late for you to take action. When returning home from a trip, put your suitcase in the bathtub—bed bugs cannot climb on smooth surfaces—and because the tub is usually a light color, bed bugs are easy to identify and kill before an infestation occurs in the home.
Search Your Room for Red Flags
Now that your clothes are away from danger, search the rest of your room for red flags. When bed bugs are present, you will likely find red stains and fecal matter on the mattress. Bring a flashlight with you so that you can check in the seams of your mattress at night to reduce your odds of getting caught off guard.
Protect Your Home
Whether or not you find bed bugs when you check your hotel room, putting in the effort to keep your home safe is critical if you don't want to take unneeded risks. You can place your clothes in plastic bags before you go inside your home if you don't want any bed bugs to get out and invade. Placing the clothes in the dryer will kill the pests before they can make trouble for you and your family. Bed bugs can't stand the heat and won't survive for more than 60 minutes if you put your dryer on the highest setting.
State Pest Control
The steps you take can reduce your odds of encountering a bedbug infestation when you come home from vacation, but nothing will eliminate the risk. If bed bugs make their way into your home in spite of your best effort, State Pest Control can give you a hand when you need it the most.
We offer the most reliable means of treating bed bugs—thermal remediation, also called heat treatments. Thermal remediation is State Pest Control’s first line of defense for bed bugs and although these treatments are typically more expensive than traditional chemical or liquid treatments, thermal remediation offers the following:
- Provides results without the use of products
- Kills bed bugs in all stages of the life cycle
- Can penetrate all materials
- Provides complete control within 24 hours
- Does not require that all belongings in the structure be discarded
Depending on the infestation, we may also provide a supplemental steam and liquid chemical treatment. If you have questions or want to learn more about how we can solve your bedbug problem, contact us right away.