Bed Bugs are Racing to Bedrooms During Late Summer; Learn How to Prevent Them
Nationwide, summer plans are keeping everyone busy. For upstate New York residents, visits to Saratoga Race Course 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?!
That right, bed bugs. With the number of bed bug cases steadily on the rise in recent years, these tiny blood suckers are experts at hitching a ride on travelers. Especially in hotels, bed bugs lurk in tiny cracks and crevices, waiting for the opportunity for a blood host. Often hiding on clothing, in suitcases and luggage, as well as anything else left in a hotel room, bed bugs can travel from place to place, further spreading the problem.
We've seen our fair share of bed bug cases. And 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.
At Catseye, we have the skills, experience, and equipment to effectively, and most importantly, permanently get rid of bed bugs in your home. Our Bed Bug Elimination Program turns your nightmares into sweet dreams. Contact us to receive a completely free inspection of your home or business, or feel free to ask us any questions you might have. We’d be happy to help in any way possible.