Avoid Bed Bugs this Memorial Day with Tips from NPMANPMA Staff
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
National Pest Management Association shares tips to prevent bed
bug infestations with travelers
As the AAA predicts an
increase in travelers this Memorial Day holiday and people hit
the road for vacation destinations around the country, the National
Pest Management Association (NPMA) reminds those travelers to stay
vigilant and keep bed
bug prevention tips in mind to avoid picking up
bed bugs in hotels, public transportation and stores.
"Memorial Day means the start of summer and a holiday weekend
filled with family fun, sun and travel for many Americans," noted
Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA.
"Unfortunately, with travel comes the risk of encountering bed bugs, which our
research proves have become more prevalent in public places,
including hotels and motels, than ever before. Before packing up
the car and hitting the road this year, remember to brush up on bed
bug prevention tips to avoid inviting them home with you for summer
Here are several tips from NPMA to help travelers learn how to
check for bed bugs:
- At hotels, pull back sheets and inspect mattress seams for
telltale bed bug stains. Inspect the entire room before unpacking,
including sofas and chairs and behind the headboard. Notify
management of anything suspect and change rooms or establishments
- If you need to change rooms, don't move to a room adjacent or
directly above or below the suspected infestation.
- Keep suitcases in plastic trash bags or protective covers
during your stay to prevent bed bugs from nesting there.
- When home, inspect suitcases before bringing them into the
house and vacuum them before storing.
- Wash clothes - even those not worn - in hot water to eliminate
any bed bugs and their eggs.
- Consumers suspecting an infestation should contact a licensed pest
For more information on how to avoid bed
bugs, please visit www.allthingsbedbugs.org.
The NPMA, a non-profit
organization with more than 7,000 members, was established in 1933
to support the pest management industry's commitment to the
protection of public health, food and property.