‘Tis the season for all things holiday, including bed bugs. You might be asking what bed bugs have to do with the holiday season. Unfortunately, all the merriment of traveling to be with family and friends means that bed bugs might be catching rides to and from your holiday festivities too. This doesn’t have to be the case though if you follow a few tips and take precautions to prevent the spread of bed bugs.
Why Does Holiday Travel Allow Bed Bugs to Spread?
The most obvious reason that bed bugs spread during the holidays is that people are traveling and staying in hotels. We all know that hotels are one of the top sources for picking up bed bugs. But beyond that, family and friends travel and stay in each other’s homes and can unknowingly transport bed bugs between locations or pick them up during their travels. Bed bugs aren’t confined to hotels. They can be found on public transportation, in restaurants, in shops, in libraries and bookstores, even in dorms and schools.
Tips for Preventing Bed Bugs when Traveling or Having Guests
Whether you are traveling, or you are the one hosting, there are some things you can do to prevent sharing bed bugs.
- If your college-age child is coming home for the holidays, put their clothes and bedding straight into the wash. Don’t let their laundry sit around for several days allowing bed bugs to escape.
- When traveling to friends’ homes, inspect any hotels you stop in for signs of bed bug activity and ask the hotel clerk about any past or current bed bug problems.
- When doing holiday shopping or eating out for the holidays, keep coats, purses and other belongings off the floor, use hooks.
Consider a K9 inspection of your home after your guests leave to be sure they didn’t leave any bed bugs behind.
- Seal your clothes in plastic bags when traveling and keep your clothes in your suitcase on a rack rather than in the drawers.
Why Call the Professionals
If you are having guests in your home, it’s important to call the professionals at Witt Pest Management if you suspect bed bugs. For one, you don’t want to be a bad host and have your guests bitten by bed bugs, nor do you want them bringing them home and causing an infestation in their homes. Two, if they brought bed bugs to your home with them, it’s important to get the infestation under control immediately. The sooner you get on top of a bed bug infestation, the easier it is to eliminate. Bed bugs are not a problem you can handle with DIY treatments, so please call us today to learn more about our bed bug control options.