Nationwide, summer plans are keeping everyone busy!
For upstate New York residents, visits to the Saratoga Racetrack for the Summer 2012 season are officially underway.
The sun is shining, bets are being made and visitors are shuffling in from all over the country with families in tow and bed bugs in their suitcases. Wait, bed bugs?
The number of bed bug cases is on the rise. Unbeknownst to most travelers, bed bugs like to lurk in cracks and crevices where guests spend the most time. In a hotel room, this will be on and around the bed, like the headboard, the bed itself and night stands. If not treated properly and professionally, 2 bed bugs can multiply to 2,000 in just 45 days given the right temperature and regular feedings.
Catseye Pest Control has seen its fair share of bed bug cases. Today, we have some expert advice on what to look for so travelers don't get bit by a bed bug issue!
Check the hotel before deciding to stay. Bed bugs might be small, but they are visible to the human eye. Be sure to inspect around the bed (behind the headboard, sheets, nightstands) for bugs and the little black markings they leave behind, which look like specks of pepper.
Leave luggage in the tub. Bed bugs are crawlers and unable to climb into the tub. This will protect your luggage and prevent you from taking home any unwanted critters.
When you get home from your trip, be careful not to bring the bed bugs into your house. Take clothes out of your suitcase immediately and put them in the dryer - a temperature of 140 degrees will kill any bed bugs clinging to your clothes. If you have garments that cannot be dried, put them in the washing machine and run a cycle. If you arrive home too late to follow these steps, leave your suitcase and its contents outside or wrap it tightly in a garbage bag until the next morning.
Take a hair dryer to your suitcase. If you are unable to put your luggage in the dryer, take a hair dryer at its highest temperature setting and run it over the entire suitcase. The heat will get rid of any bed bugs still lurking.
Call in the experts. If you have bed bugs in your home or business, call in the experts to take care of the issue before it gets worse. Catseye uses a variety of safe techniques, like cryonite, to help rid any infestation.
Wherever you live, following these tips will help keep your summer traveling and returns home fun and pest-free. If you have any questions or think you may already have a bed bug issue, call Catseye today to discuss with a customer service representative.