You might think that if you avoid staying in a rundown motel when you travel, you won’t have any problems with bed bugs. However, bed bugs can spread everywhere including in clean, well-maintained hotel rooms, which is why you need to have a routine that allows you to quickly detect if an infestation is present while you travel.
Make sure that when you check into a hotel room, you inspect it for bed bugs. Bed bugs can infest any room, it does not matter how clean or expensive it is. If there is a large infestation in the room, you will notice a musty, sweet odor that resembles soda pop syrup. Visually, you may be able to notice the brown and red spots that the bed bugs will leave on the sheets.
Look in common bed bug hiding spots
If you want to be as thorough as possible, you want to check in all the crevices of the bed and beneath the mattress. You can also check the furniture in the room in the same way. Bed bugs can also hide on the hotel’s luggage rack, so make sure to check it, and if it is pest-free you can use it to keep your luggage off the floor while you perform your inspection.
The return home
Before packing your things, check your clothing and your luggage bag for any bed bugs. If you spot any bed bugs, it’s best to throw the clothes away than bring the bed bugs in the home – the control process will likely be more expensive than the clothes. Finally, when you get home, you want to take the clothes and the luggage back and immediately throw them in the washer. Make sure that you wash and dry them at the highest temperature that the material can stand.
What to do if you brought home bed bugs and an infestation started
Once an infestation has started in your home, then you only have one option left – hiring a professional to remove it. Bed bug infestations are very difficult to remove with DIY methods, and most of the products available commercially are not strong enough to destroy the insects. Contact us today for more information on how you can prevent bed bug infestations, or if you have a bed bug infestation in your home that has to be removed.