Will you be traveling, partying, or shopping this season?
Experts warn that although 'tis the season to deck the halls
with boughs of holly, it 'tis also the season for bedbugs.
The holidays are a time of increased travel, and exposure to
public spaces, which experts say can lead to the spread of
Experts said that although the pests are frequently found
in beds, there are other prime places where they live. Any space
where one spends a lengthy period of time can lead to exposure;
like airplane seats and terminals, movie theaters, or stacks of
coats at holiday parties.
issued a list of tips to help avoid an infestation, and help
curb the spread of bedbugs.
» Try getting to movie theaters early to brush seats and
check between seats and armrests for signs of infestation.
» Check plane seats for sign of infestation.
» If you feel that you have been through an area where many
pass through, such as airports, wash travel clothing in warm water
and run through a warm dryer cycle once you reach your home.
» Be mindful of strong, musty odors permeating from seats,
beds, clothing or linens. This odor is a sign of infestation.
» Hang all clothing, including winter coats, to prevent
spreading from laying clothing on furniture or beds. Party hosts,
the bed of blankets could be unsanitary for both you and your
guests. Instead hang them in a coat closet.
» Upon returning home, leave suitcases in the basement or
garage until you have had the opportunity to inspect for bedbugs.
Vacuum luggage thoroughly.
» If you suspect bedbugs to be in your home, have it
inspected by a professional. Do-it-yourself remedies traditionally
worsen the situation. Terminix offers free, no-obligation home