Welcome to Orkin@Home, Orkin’s guide to helping you prevent and control pests in and around your home. Summer is the prime season for travel and outdoor activities. This issue focuses on warm weather pest threats and how you and your Orkin specialist can help keep pests in their place this summer.
Don’t Let Bed Bugs Take a Bite Out of Your Vacation
For many people, summertime means warm temperatures, outdoor activities and a time to hit the road for a vacation. Unfortunately, travelers staying in hotels are at risk for picking up bed bugs.
“Bed bugs are great hitchhikers and travel easily from place to place, in people’s luggage and in their personal belongings,” said Ron Harrison, Ph.D., technical director for Orkin. “Knowing how to spot bed bugs and inspecting your hotel room are the best ways for travelers to prevent bringing these pests back home.”
Bed bug bites — or even worse, bed bugs themselves — are not the souvenir vacationers want to bring home with them. Travelers should follow these tips after checking into a hotel room:
- Inspect the edges of your mattress and box springs, any furniture close to the bed, the bed skirt and the headboard for bed bugs. Check the bed sheets for brown or red spots.
- Keep your luggage and other personal items off the floor and away from the bed to reduce the likelihood of the insect crawling into your belongings. Consider storing your luggage in the bathtub at night or enclosing it within a garbage bag.
- Survey the room for signs of a bed bug infestation. Large infestations of bed bugs can create a musty, sweet odor, like soda pop syrup.
Once you return home from vacation, examine your luggage while unpacking. Wash your clothes immediately after returning home in hot water and dry them in the dryer. Consider storing your luggage away from your bed. Bed bugs are extremely difficult to treat, so call your Orkin specialist right away if you think you have a bed bug infestation.
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