By Alan Harlan, Associate Certified Entomologist/Technical Director
BACO Exterminating Services
Bedbugs. Unfortunately, these little hitch-hikers are becoming more of an issue as people travel. A refreshing vacation away may result in a nightmarish experience at home. There are some things that you can do to reduce an encounter with these horrific pests. It takes a little behavior modification, but the extra effort can result in freedom from the trauma of bedbugs.
- Travel with personal items stored in a sealable plastic bag. Keep the bag inside of the luggage.
- Use a small flashlight to inspect around the mattress and box-spring. You will be looking for visible adults or black splotches that have stained the bed(s). Check the seams carefully. Also inspect the luggage cart/rack and ironing board.
- Use the hairdryer on high/hot to try and flush adults around lamps or headboards. Bedbugs can’t stand the heat.
- When leaving, remove the plastic bag from the luggage, and inspect. Use the hairdryer once again in the seams of your luggage to potentially flush any bedbugs that may have taken up residence. Replace the bag, and seal the luggage.
- At home, mattress covers for box-springs and mattresses is an affordable option that makes it easier to inspect bedding and limit hiding places.
- If you travel often, a BACO Exterminating Services Bedbug Monitoring program may be an option. The service includes regular monitoring for bedbugs, and a discounted rate should a treatment be required. Contact a representative at (770) 409-8882 for more details.
Happy Traveling, and leave those bedbugs all alone!