It's everywhere, but you can't see it. It's hiding in bedding, along door frames, and in the cracks behind baseboards. It's a bed bug infestation, and it's nothing to take lightly. As the holiday season begins, more people will travel and encounter these blood-sucking pests. If you want to avoid having them come home with you, Innovative Pest Management has a few tips to keep in mind as you travel.
How Do Bed Bugs Hitchhike?
Bed bugs are constantly on the move to find a host. These pests thrive on blood and come out at night to feed. They are great at hiding and can hitchhike in luggage, backpacks, furniture, and other items. Once they're in a desirable place, they come out and look for adequate shelter. They'll use this newfound shelter for hiding and breeding.
Preventing Bed Bug Infestation
Check your hotel room.
If you're traveling, it's important to check your hotel room before you bring your luggage inside. Leave it in the hallway, preferably on a luggage rack. Inspect under the sheets, along the mattress seams, and behind the headboard. Look around picture frames, door frames, and baseboards for these invasive pests.
Check used furniture.
If you're buying used furniture, inspect it before making the purchase. Take off the cushions, and look in the crevices for small, brown bugs. Check the underside of the furniture and inside every nook and cranny. If you want to play it safe, you can also pretreat the furniture before bringing it into your home.
Use protective coverings.
Mattress encasements are great for keeping these pests out of your bedding. When traveling, keep your clothes in sealed plastic coverings. Never leave your clothes on the floor in a hotel room – always hang and shield them in garment protector bags.
North Carolina Pest Control for Bed Bugs
You can't eliminate a bed bug infestation easily with store-bought products. These creatures are extremely resilient and multiply quickly. If you want to get rid of them, it will take the expertise of bed bug control professionals from Innovative Pest Management. We'll treat your home for these pests and use preventative methods to stop a future infestation.