Help Prevent The Spread Of Bed Bugs
Monday, December 19, 2011
RALEIGH - The holidays bring lots of travel, and the North
Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA) is urging North
Carolinians to be vigilant in preventing the spread of bed
"People tend to travel a lot this time of year, which can
increase the spread of bed bugs," said Lee Smith, board member of
NCPMA and entomologist. "People may not realize that hotels, rental
properties or even dorms can be infested with bed bugs. Some
simple actions can help decrease the chance of bringing bed bugs
home after being away."
According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) bed
bugs hide in small cracks and crevices close to a human
environment. They are often found behind baseboards,
wallpaper, upholstery and in furniture crevices. The bed bugs can
become even more of a problem for travelers when they return home
after vacation because the pests will hide in suitcases, boxes and
shoes, and begin infesting a home.
The NPMA provides several steps to help prevent bed bugs from
becoming a problem. These steps are:
» Vacuum suitcases and bags after returning from a vacation
or staying in a dorm room. Wash all clothing from the suitcases and
bags in hot water.
» Before sleeping in a hotel or rental property bed, check
the mattress, bed sheets, and headboard for tell-tale blood spots
or signs of bed bugs.
» If signs of bed bugs are spotted, alert the hotel or
rental property staff. Each hotel or rental property should
have a Bed Bug Management Plan in place to assist you as the
problem is addressed.
» Consider bringing a large plastic trash bag in which to
store your suitcase during hotel stays.
» Carry a small flashlight to assist you with quick visual
» Bed bugs are elusive creatures, so it is imperative to
seek professional pest control to address an infestation. Trying to
treat a problem without a professional can make the problem worse
and more costly.