Bed bugs are, famously, hitchhikers. While there was a period when unregulated pesticides kept the population in North America down to virtually nothing, the bed bug infestation is back with a vengeance. Virtually every major city has several outbreaks of bed bug infestations a year. That means, despite your best efforts at home, you might find yourself the victim of some unwanted visitors in your own home. It’s difficult, when taking public transportation or traveling, to avoid coming into contact with bed bugs. But there are some ways you can take precautions.
From doing research to checking hotel rooms to keeping your items safely stowed, there’s plenty of tools and practices you can employ to avoid becoming the hapless victim of an errant bed bug looking for a new home, and meal.
Ultimately, sometimes you just get very unlucky. But, there are ways to at least make yourself a little less likely to fall victim to a bed bug infestation at home. We’ve outlined a few ways below.
There are plenty of websites out there that can tell you about the history of bed bugs in any establishment. Any major hotel will have an extremely vigilant system to deal with bed bugs because nothing kills business faster than rumors of bed bugs in a place. But, for the same reason, they also want to keep it quiet. Luckily, crowd sourced websites allow users to upload their own reportings of bed bugs in hotels, hostels, or any other rental property.
Inspect the Room
Regardless of what your research says, you’ll want to check the hotel room as soon as you enter for signs of an infestation that hasn’t been dealt with. This means pulling back the sheets and taking a look in the corners for signs of dead bed bugs or, more commonly, bed bug droppings (which will appear as reddish brown stain). Also check the corners of the bed frame for egg shells and shed layers of skin.
Store Your Belongings
For extra precaution, you can store your luggage in such a way to keep the bugs out. It’s a bit of a hassle, but if you’re unsure you can always store your belongings in plastic trash bags and keep them sealed whenever you’re not going into your suitcase. It’s not 100% foolproof, but it’s a step in the right direction and will make it more difficult for a bed bug to hitch a ride in your belongings.
How Difficult is it to Get Rid of Bed Bugs?
The short answer is: very difficult. Bed bugs are resistant to virtually every pesticide you could buy over the counter and often require a heat treatment to be eradicated from a home. It’s a process that takes several weeks and upends your home by requiring you to bag your belongings (even a few surviving bed bugs will just bring the infestation back immediately).
What Are Early Signs of Bed Bugs?
Bites are going to be the way most people are aware they have bed bugs. The bites usually appear in a line of at least a few bite marks since the process of a feeding takes about 10 minutes and bugs often get knocked up when you move in your sleep. You might see small reddish, brown stains on your sheets or find the leftover, shed skin on the frame.
Bed bugs are no joke, and they’re a pain. They can cause complete chaos in your home and upend your life for several weeks or even months. Being vigilant about keeping them out of your home is the best way to take on the threat of bed bugs. Calling a bed bug exterminator is the next step!
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