Are you planning an end of summer vacation or a Labor Day getaway? With only a few months of warmth left, many people plan end of summer vacations and last-minute trips before fall and winter make their entrance.
If you’re traveling, it’s important to be aware of the world’s biggest traveler: bed bugs.
When more people travel, more bed bugs travel. Learn how to prevent these pests from ruining your vacation, and how to prevent them from coming home with you.
When Are Bed Bugs Active?
Bed bugs are active year-long. However, it seems as if these pests are more active in the summer. This is typically because more people tend to travel in the summer, which gives a bed bug more opportunities for human interaction and travel opportunities.
Do Bed Bugs Cause Diseases?
Bed bugs are not known to transmit diseases. However, a bed bug bite may cause allergic reactions that could require medical attention in some individuals. In addition, bed bugs may defecate after feeding (sometimes on humans) which could increase the risk for infection.
5 Physical Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation:
- Shedded bed bug skin or shells
- Black marks on pillow or sheets
- Black patches in seams of mattress
- Shells in seam of mattress
- Blood stains on sheets
What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?
A bed bug is typically the size of a pencil eraser. When first hatched, bed bugs tend to be colorless until they “eat”. A hungry adult bed bug is a mahogany to rusty-brown color, while full-appetite bed bug is a reddish-brown color. This is after they’ve had a blood meal.
How Do They Travel?
They typically travel in the seams of your luggage, bedding, folded clothes, and bags.
Where Do You Find Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are world travelers. They travel from one spot to the next, oftentimes in guests’ suitcases, purses, or briefcases. Don’t be fooled by their name, though. Bed bugs are not just in beds; they can be found in cracks, crevices, mattress seams, sheets, furniture, baseboards, box springs, headboards, electrical outlets, picture frames, and more. They live in various places, including hotels, hospitals, and public transportations.
Where Do They Live?
Bed bugs can live many places, including hotels, hospitals, and public transportation.
Do Bed Bugs Jump?
Bed bugs do not jump or fly. Instead, they crawl from host to host.
How to Prevent Bed Bugs?
- Vacuum and clean the bedroom regularly
- Use rubbing alcohol and hot water to clean the bed frame, baseboard, and headboard
- Store items like shoes, sheets, and clothing in plastic bags
- Use a mattress cover
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
A bed bug infestation can happen very quickly because these pests multiply fast. In fact, if you miss one pregnant female bed bug, your home can be re-infested with over 300 adults and 1000 new eggs in only 3 months. Bed bugs are difficult to get rid of, so it’s important to address your bed bug problem immediately and call your local pest control company right away.
Any Pest Inc. gets to the root of your bed bug problem. Our pest control experts will examine your home to uniquely assess your needs. No home is the same, therefore, we will find the right solution for your pest control needs.