Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite

Posted by Cat Heisler

There is nothing more horrifying than laying down on your comfy hotel bed after a long day of sight-seeing only to look over and noticed a tiny, reddish-brown, flat, oval bed mate staring you in the face.  If you’ve ever experienced such an unfortunate event, the sentence, “Don’t let the bed bugs bite!” can take on a whole new meaning.

Bed Bugs: The Bane of Travelers

Bed bugs have made a big comeback in recent years, and they show no sign of slowing down.  If they bite you, you’ll end up with itching, red welts and potentially nightmares — their reddish color comes from what they eat: blood.

Prevention is Key

Learning how to identify bedbugs and conducting a thorough room inspection before you unload and unwind can make a big difference.  As we noted above, bed bugs are reddish brown, flat and oval, and they range in size from 1 to 7 millimeters.  Other signs of bed bugs include brown or black stains (their fecal droppings), clear eggs and nymphs, and shed skins.  This just keeps getting better and better, doesn’t it?

When you get to your room, before you unpack, keep your luggage and other belongings outside the room or in the bathroom.  Check under the covers of your bed and inspect the mattress and pillows, paying special attention to any seams, folds or creases.  Check nightstands and furniture as well as window treatments.

If you spot one, assume there will be more, and speak immediately with management.  Don’t accept a replacement room right next door, above or below the room.  You want to be as far away from these little guys as possible.

Preventing Hitchhikers

It only takes a few bed bugs to cause an infestation, which is why they’re a hotel’s worst nightmare.  If you ended up in a room with bed bugs, make sure you thoroughly inspect your suitcase and its contents before bringing it into your home.  It’s also a good idea to wash all of your clothes, whether you wore them or not, with hot water (use a sanitary cycle if you have it), and then dry them for at least 30 minutes.  That’ll kill any hitchhikers you missed.

Dealing with Bed Bug Infestations

If you’re already dealing with a bed bug infestation and want those little bloodsuckers out of your home ASAP, Pete’s Pest Control can help.  With our Bed Bug Elimination Service, we offer free estimates, 24-hour service, and a 30-day follow-up plan to ensure your bed bugs are gone for good.  Give us a call today at (913) 232-8016