Are you planning a trip? Where are you heading off to? Will it be a sunny beach, with boardwalk shops, and night time bonfires and music? Will it be nights in a resort and days spent exploring amazing theme park exhibits, historical landmarks, museums, and amusement rides? Or are you more of the outdoors type. Does your idea of a vacation look like a cabin in the middle of the woods, a stream to fish from, and quiet land to hunt on? Vacation comes in many forms. Sometimes it is as simple as traveling 50 miles and spending the night with a friend or family member. But, whatever your vacation plans look like, and no matter what time of year you intend to take your vacation, you should always keep bed bugs in mind.

5 Reasons To Guard Against Bed Bugs, No Matter Where You Go

  • Bed bugs can be in the cleanest and most well-kept resorts and hotels. Just because you have 5-star accommodations it doesn't mean there will be no bed bugs present. These insects ride in on other guests and are small enough to evade the watchful eye of even the most diligent cleaning staff.

  • Bed bugs can be in a cabin in the middle of the woods. If humans visit that cabin, there is always the potential for bed bugs to be there. Bed bugs can go several months without eating. They are more than capable of surviving in a remote location as they wait for more humans to arrive.

  • When we travel a short distance or stay with friends and family, there is a risk of believing that we are safe from bed bugs but these insects can take root in a home for several months without being detected. When an infestation begins, most of the bugs are immature nymphs. That means bite wounds will be smaller, and there is less chance of noticeable bumps appearing around the wounds.

  • Bed bugs are a growing problem. If you haven't dealt with bed bugs or known someone who has dealt with bed bugs, you're one of the lucky ones.

  • These hitchhiking pests ride back from vacation with you. When they do, they begin an infestation in your home.

3 Ways To Avoid Picking Up Bed Bugs

  • Get to know what a bed bug looks like. You may have seen a picture of a bed bug on the news or in an article. You probably already know that these are flat, rusty-brown colored bugs with six legs, two antennae, and an abdomen that has crease lines. What you may not know is that is what an adult bed bug looks like. If you see a bed bug feeding on your skin in the daytime, it is more likely to be an immature nymph. Bed bugs begin as pale insects that are only about 1mm in size. When they feed on you, their abdomen will become bright red. If you see a tiny bug with six legs and a bright red abdomen, it is important that you recognize it as a bed bug.

  • Check bedbugregistry.com for a bed bug report. This site is dedicated to helping people avoid bed bug encounters. Bear in mind that these reports are made by guests, and they may not be 100% accurate. It is also important to understand that a bed bug report can be made on any business. If you see a report, call and find out what that business has done to protect themselves from this threat since the report was made.

  • Always do an inspection of your room, no matter where you stay. Look for black streaks, tiny black droppings, black patches, 1mm white eggs alone or in batches, brown blood stains, shed insect skins, or these insects crawling around. Inspect the creases of all mattresses and boxsprings, the recesses of bed frames, and on the surface of clocks, backboards, baseboards, outlet covers, and the stitching on upholstered furniture.

If bed bugs, or signs of bed bugs, appear in your home, contact a professional. These insects are extremely difficult to control without a knowledge of their habits and habitats, and training in advanced pest control protocols. Let the professionals here at Witt Pest Management locate all of the bugs in your home and ensure that they are fully exterminated. You don't have to let the bed bugs bite.