Few things can give you the heebie jeebies faster than the thought of sharing your bed with bedbugs. While they aren’t an issue for some people, they tend to be more of a problem if you travel often, as some hotels or motels don’t employ the same strict cleanliness standards that you do at home. So how can you avoid bringing these unwanted pests home with you? Here are a few Do’s and Dont’s when it comes to bedbugs.
Do know what you are looking for. Bedbugs are about the size of a sunflower seed and look flat.
Do keep an eye our for bedbugs, and look beyond just the bed. Bedbugs can be anywhere, including couches or chairs, wallpaper, baseboards, and blankets.
Do keep your suitcase or clothing bag off of the floor in a hotel. It will make it much harder for the pests to get in your luggage that way.
Do wash your clothes as soon as you get back home. With hot water, if possible.
Don’t wait or try to “be polite” if you notice something something. Tell the hotel staff immediately.Once you get to your room, check between mattresses. That’s usually the best place to spot bedbugs if they are there.
Don’t put your suitcase on beds or furniture. The best place to put something you can’t hang up is on a hard surface, like tile.
Don’t put your suitcase in living areas once you get home. Keep it in the garage or attic, away from areas where bedbugs could infest if you happen to bring some home by accident.
Don’t hesitate to give us a call if you suspect bedbugs are a problem in your house. Bedbugs can grow from a small problem to a very large problem in a short amount of time, so if you brought some home despite your best efforts, give us a call right away. We can make short work of them for you.