If you are planning to travel and want to have a safe trip without encountering bedbugs, you are likely wondering what you should do so that you can reach your goal. You can take several steps to keep bedbugs at bay and give yourself peace of mind when you need it the most.
With a little effort and dedication, you will protect yourself and put your fears to rest. Seeing why you should never overlook the threat is easy once you understand the issues you could face if they follow you back home. If your effort to keep these pests out of your home fails, contacting a team of professionals at the first sign of trouble is wise.
Secure Your Belongings
Whether you stay at a friend's home or sleep at a hotel, always secure your belongings until you are sure the area is safe. Bedbugs are resourceful and persistent creatures but can't climb smooth surfaces, so placing your clothes and bags on the bathroom sink or in the bathtub will reduce your odds of facing an infestation when you go home.
Since bedbugs won't waste much time when they get the chance to cause trouble, set your items in a safe place the moment you arrive. You will then have peace of mind because you won't need to worry about unpleasant surprises, knowing you have made the smart choice.
Check Your Room
When your items are safely out of reach, it's time to search your room for the red flags of bedbugs, which is not as hard as you might think. Pack a good LED flashlight and use it to check the corners of your mattress. This is first place you will want to look if you would like to avoid bedbugs. They are hard to detect in the early stages of an outbreak, but bedbugs leave behind red stains (that turn black or brown) and fecal matter that give them away. Don't forget to look in and around the furniture and especially behind the headboard and between the wall and the mattress under the headboard where you might find the bed bugs cast of “shell.” These parasites are small and flat before they get a meal, but they become round after they feed.
Safeguard Your Luggage
Proactively protect your clothes and bags from bedbugs even if you did not see signs of bedbug activity during your trip. Because the pests are not always easy to spot, you can't afford to take unneeded risks that could put you in harm’s way. Keep your luggage off the floor, and since bed bugs are attracted to “dirty” clothes, keep them in a separate plastic bag. Before you get home from your trip and relax, place your clothes in sealed garbage bags to prevent any bedbugs from getting out and infesting your home. Place the clothes in the dryer on the hottest setting for one hour to kill the bedbugs and their eggs before they have time to cause problems. Put your suitcase in a large bag and seal it for storage, just in case.
Getting Professional Help
No matter how hard you try to avoid them, bedbugs can still sneak into your home when you least expect it. Rather than trying to handle them with at-home solutions that don’t always get the job done, contact RID Pest Control. We will come to your home when you need us and contain the invaders before they spread. If you have questions or would like to begin, give us a call right away.