Bed Bug Prevention When Travelling; Bed Bugs In Hotels, Apartment Buildings & Homes in Nocatee, FL

Have you been hearing from a friend or family member about how bed bugs became a problem in their home? You may be wondering how you can prevent this same problem. Perschel & Meyer wants to help you take steps in preventing bed bugs from entering into your life and home.

 

How Do Bed Bugs Travel & Spread?

Most of the time, bed bugs hitchhike into your home without you even realizing it. It may be difficult to know when or where they catch a ride. First recognizing and knowing their behavior will help you avoid these pests and then determine if they are present in your home.

 

Bed Bug Identification Guide

bigstock-Bed-Bug-50770439 smallerBed bugs are reddish brown in color, and no bigger than an apple seed as adults. The nymph and eggs are transparent. They are very small and therefore quite difficult to see. A female bed bug can lay up to five eggs a day and up to 500 in their lifetime. Bed bugs are drawn to warm areas. You will commonly find them in mattresses, bedding, couches, and electrical outlets. You’ll also want to look for them in cracks, pipes, or behind baseboards because they like hiding in dark places during the day as it’s a safe place to lay their eggs. Bed bugs are blood drinkers and they like to feed on people and house pets. Many times dog or cat beds are overlooked when assessing if this pest is in your home.

 

How to Prevent Bringing Home Bed Bugs From Your Hotel Rooms

If you a plan a trip or vacation, this is the time to be the most cautious. As you arrive at your hotel, do a careful examination of your accommodations. Look for them in the same areas listed above to see if they are present. Do you see small brown spots or blood on sheets and bedding? This may be a sign of bed bugs. You can also do a sniff test. If there’s a musty or bitter smell present this could be a sign as well. When returning home, wash all fabrics and clothes immediately with hot water and on high heat in the dryer. Vacuum all the luggage bags you used in case a bed bug hitched a ride.

 

Bed Bug Prevention in Homes & Apartment Buildings

Preventing a bed bug infestation is a never ending task. Bed bugs can be found all over the home. It is encouraged to steam clean carpets, couches, curtains, and other washable fabrics at least once a month. Bed bugs, of course, target the bed for easy access to food. Bedding should be washed more frequently and non-washable bedding like pillows should be put into the dryer on high heat to kill any possible bed bugs. Vacuuming the mattress is strongly recommended as well. This will remove any stragglers and their eggs. A blow dryer can also be handy as the heat can kill bed bugs and any eggs they leave behind. Bed bugs like clutter, this gives them plenty of places to hide and breed. Keeping your home clutter free is a surprisingly good bed bug deterrent. Go through your home, search for all the crack and crevasses that they can hide in. Sealing the cracks and removing clutter give the bed bugs no place to hide and lay their eggs which will prevent future infestation. The home is never safe from a bed bug threat. Perschel & Meyer reminds you to be caution when traveling. This will help you keep your home from becoming a target of bed bugs. Contact us today for bed bug inspection and control!