Memorial Day Kicks Off the Summer Travel Season... and Bed Bugs are ReadyNPMA Staff
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
After a wet winter and spring across much of the country, nearly
35 million Americans plan to travel during the Memorial Day
weekend, according to the travel organization, AAA. With many travelers staying in hotels,
traveling by train, plane or going on a cruise, the National Pest
Management Association (NPMA) advises people to keep bed bug prevention and detection
tips in mind
to keep a dream vacation from turning into a nightmare.
The good news is that summer is finally here; the bad news is
that bed bugs continue to
lurk in places people typically visit during a vacation, said
Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for NPMA.
Although bed bugs are a year-round pest, people have a greater
chance of picking up this hitchhiker during the summer as travel
increases. Bed bugs are a souvenir no one wants to bring home.
According to recent surveys of professional pest control
companies, bed bugs are the
most challenging pest to treat and also one of the least understood by
consumers. Many people who may not have traveled since the bed
bug resurgence last year may also lack awareness about the
Here are several NPMA tips to help travelers remain bed
bug-free. More information can be found at AllThingsBedBugs.org.
- Pull back hotel bed sheets, inspect the mattress seams, box
spring, around and behind the headboard, sofas and chairs for
telltale brownish or reddish spots, shed skins or bugs.
- Avoid putting luggage on the bed or upholstered furniture.
- If changing rooms, be sure the new room is not adjacent to the
possibly infested room.
- Use a large plastic bag to store luggage.
- Upon returning home, inspect and vacuum suitcases thoroughly
before bringing them into the house.
- Wash and dry clothes on hot whether worn or not or have them
- Consumers suspecting an infestation should contact a licensed pest
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