Don’t Let Bed Bugs Come Home for the HolidaysJanay Rickwalder
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Thanksgiving is the one of the
busiest travel days of the year. In fact, 43.6 million people
are expected to travel at least 50 miles this holiday weekend,
according to AAA. As people hit the roads this week to feast on
turkey with friends and family, the National Pest Management
Association (NPMA) is urging caution against bed
Whether going to a relative’s home or a hotel, travelers should
be on the lookout for signs of bed bugs. The NPMA recommends
tips to prevent bed bugs from hitching a ride this holiday:
- Thoroughly inspect the entire room before unpacking. Don't put
luggage on the bed.
- Pull back bed sheets and inspect mattress seams, particularly
the corners, for telltale brownish or reddish spots. Bed bugs can
also be found in box springs and behind baseboards, electrical
switch plates, picture frames, wallpaper, in upholstery and
- If changing rooms within the same hotel, ensure the new room is
not adjacent to the possibly infested room.
- If staying at a residence, inform the homeowner immediately of
a suspected bed bug problem.
- Use a large plastic bag to store luggage.
- Upon returning home, inspect and vacuum suitcases before
bringing them into the house.
- Wash all clothes - whether worn or not - in hot water or take
them to a dry cleaner
- If you suspect an infestation in your own home, contact a
licensed pest professional to inspect the property.