It's Bed Bug Awareness Week - Brush Up On Information Before VacationNPMA Staff
Monday, April 23, 2012
Tips on Bed Bug Detection & Prevention for Travelers from
As part of
National Pest Management Month, which has been celebrated in
April for more than 30 years, the National Pest Management
Association (NPMA) is marking the week of April 22 - 28 as Bed Bug
Awareness Week. As people begin to move about more frequently in
the warmer months and embark on
summer vacations, the NPMA is spreading awareness, promoting
public vigilance and providing essential prevention advice about
"Bed bugs are still
a problem in America. A survey of pest professionals conducted by
the NPMA and the University of Kentucky in 2011, found that bed bug
encounters have become more common in public places than in
previous years; in some cases, the numbers of professionals who
reported treating certain types of businesses and commercial
facilities saw double digit growth from the prior year," said Missy
Henriksen, NPMA's vice president of public affairs.
"With summer travel around the corner, NPMA reminds travelers to
arm themselves with bed bug knowledge and prevention
tips. A watchful eye can go a long way in preventing an
infestation upon returning home," advised Henriksen.
The NPMA recommends the following bed bug prevention tips when
- 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 all clothes - even those not worn - in hot water to
eliminate any bed bugs and their eggs.
For more information, photos and videos of bed bugs, please
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