Fun, Sun and Bed Bugs?NPMA Staff
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
National Pest Management Association shares bed bug prevention
tips for Spring Breakers
FAIRFAX, VA – Every year, millions of Americans look forward to
escaping to popular destinations during their Spring Break
vacation. But whether it’s fun in the sun with college friends or a
relaxing family getaway, travelers may find themselves with a
biting problem – bed
bugs. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA)
encourages those traveling this spring to brush up on bed
bug prevention tips.
“From hostels to five-star hotels, bed bug encounters have
become much more common in all types of lodging facilities,” said
Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA.
“Fortunately, there are a few things Spring Break travelers can do
before, during and after their vacation to avoid finding bed bugs
in hotels and bringing them home in suitcases.”
To enjoy a bed bug-free
Spring Break, NPMA experts offer the following tips:
- At hotels, thoroughly inspect the entire room before unpacking,
including behind the headboard and in furniture. Pull back the
bed sheets and check the mattress seams for pepper-like stains that
may be evidence of bed bug activity.
- Set your luggage away from walls and never place it on the bed.
Use a large plastic trash bag or a protective cover to store your
suitcases during your hotel stay.
- If you see anything suspicious, notify management and change
rooms immediately. Be sure your new room is not adjacent to the
possibly infested room.
- After your trip, inspect and vacuum your suitcases thoroughly
before bringing them into the house. Consider using a garment hand
steamer to steam your luggage, which will kill any bed bugs.
- Wash all of your clothes - even those that have not been worn -
in hot water.
“Many people might look at bed bug prevention as an additional
task to add to the vacation checklist, but it could mean the
difference between enjoying a great trip and having it turn into a
dreaded bed bug nightmare,” added Henriksen.
For more information on bed bugs,
please visit www.pestworld.org.
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