If you’re planning a vacation, you’ve probably considered what you’re going to pack or what your itinerary might look like, but have you thought about bed bugs? Many people we’ve serviced for bed bug infestations in Florida have told us that their troubles started soon after they returned home from a vacation. Bed bugs have the ability to sneak into the luggage and belongings that we bring to new locations, aiming to spread however they can to find shelter and food. To learn how to avoid bed bugs during your next vacation, read on for expert advice from the Florida Pest Control technicians.
How Do Bed Bug Infestations Start?
Bed bug infestations start when we leave our belongings accessible to them in a foreign location. Specialized to move discreetly, bed bugs wait until the nighttime to move in search of food or better places to take shelter. They are also able to change their schedules to be active whenever people are at rest—their whole existence depends on being able to feed off of us without us noticing.
So, this means that we aren’t often going to catch bed bugs in the act of infesting our belongings. Instead, we have to learn how to take proper preventative measures against a potential infestation, especially when going on vacation or staying in a new location temporarily.
How to Avoid Bed Bugs on Vacation
Avoiding bed bugs on your getaway starts before your vacation and ends after you get home. Although it might seem like a lot of work, you will thank yourself later for being able to return to a clean home! Here are the three phases of vacation bed bug prevention:
- Before you leave: Check the reviews of your hotel to see if they have had a recent bed bug infestation. You can also call your chosen destination to ask if they use mattress covers and box spring encasements.
- During your stay: Look for evidence of bed bug activity, like dried blood spots on mattresses and furniture, shed bed bug skin, and, of course, live bed bugs. Inspect your room’s furniture, drawers, baseboards, closets, and any other places that could offer them shelter. Additionally, store your luggage above the ground or on a tile floor and keep your clothing inside your bags instead of unpacking.
- When you return: Turn out your luggage to make sure there are no signs of bed bugs anywhere, especially around folds and zippers. You can wash all of your clothes in a hot water cycle to ensure that any bed bugs don’t make it out.
Professional Bed Bug Control in Florida
If you’re one of the unfortunate ones that couldn’t avoid a bed bug infestation, let your local pest control company know. At Florida Pest Control, our bed bug specialists are trained in multiple methods of bed bug control and have the experience to assess your property to determine the proper strategy to go forward with. For a free quote or to learn more about our bed bug control services, give us a call or fill out our contact form today!