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Tips to Keep Bed Bugs out of your Home this Summer

Summer travelling can mean inadvertently coming into contact with unwanted pest such as bedbugs.  Where is that most likely to occur you might ask?  Infact, places where a large number of people come and go that are most likely to be where these exist.  Therefore it’s no surprise that hotels and public transportation are among the most common places to come into contact with these pests.

It’s a myth that bugs are only found in dirty places!  Since they feed on the blood of their hosts, they can live anywhere that people do – upscale or not!The good news is that you don’t have to forgo your travels this summer to avoid facing the need of bed bug treatment in your home, just be vigilant and follow these essential tips.

Be in the know

First of all, you need to know what a bed bug looks like and how to inspect a room for signs of them before you think about the need of bed bug removal. They are normally reddish-brown, although the color could vary, with a flat oval body. An adult bug is about 1/5 of an inch long.

Know how to inspect a room for bugs

Before staying in a hotel room, inspect the room for signs of these pestbefore unpacking. Don’t place your luggage on the bed until you have done so.  Use the suitcase holder if provided, or leave your luggage in the bathtub, or hallway, until you’ve had a chance to complete room inspection.

Don’t only inspect surfaces, pull back the sheets and check for tiny blood spots and bugs and look in the seams of the bedding, as well as the box springs. The crevices and seams of wood and any upholstered furniture should also be closely examined.

Take extra precaution when arriving home

When arriving home from travels,it’s best to take some extra precautions with your belongings to ensure that pests have not hitched a ride into your home. Clothes should be storedin plastic bags and then placed directly in the washing machine on the highest setting that clothes can handle.

Undress on a hard surface floor instead of carpeting so that you can wipe the floor.Vacuum luggage and hand wash other items with hot, soapy water, or wipe the item down thoroughly.

Avoid bed bugs in public places

Another common areas for picking up these pests is public transportation vehicles, or any other high-traffic area. Basically, if there are a large number of people coming and going in one area, there’s a chance that they are present. The more people, the greater the possibility of pest  presence and the subsequent need of bed bug removal.

To protect yourself in these situations, keep your personal belongings close to you and off of the ground. Keep purses and backpacks on your lap, and avoid setting them down in public areas.

Inspect second-hand goods before purchasing

Finally, we all love garage sales, but these can be opportunities for bed bugs to move into your home if you are not careful.  In order to avoid the need for bed bug treatment, check used furniture and clothing for bugs.Any used clothing should be washed immediately at a high temperature. Furniture should always be inspected carefully and wiped down before bringing it home. As a rule, avoid used mattresses as this is a favorite dwelling place of these pests and difficult to inspect the inside.Many times, used mattresses require bed bug treatment.

With vigilance, you can enjoy your summer travels and avoid the need for a bed bug removal professional.

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Boardwalk Equities Inc. has been using the services of EcoPest since 1996. During this time we have found EcoPest to be efficient in eradication of pest situations. All arising situations are handled in prompt and pleasant manner. Ian Dingle

Director of Purchasing, Boardwalk Equities

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President, G.M.A. Properties Inc.

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