One of the easiest ways to create a bed bug infestation in your home is to bring them home with you after traveling. While you might take special care of your home and bedding to prevent a pest infestation, owners of hotels and guest homes might not do the same. So, it is important that as you travel you know the best ways to stay free of bed bugs. In today’s blog post, Bed Bug Heaters will look at three ways to prevent bringing these pests home with you.
1. Do Your Homework
The first step in preventing an infestation after traveling is to do your homework about the hotel or home where you will be staying. It is relatively easy to get your hands on relevant information about a hotel or resort before booking it. Review sites, for example, are a great way to learn about the place where you are thinking about staying. There, you can see if other visitors have encountered problems with bed bugs. If they have, you know to stay away from that lodging option.
2. Inspect Your Room
The first thing you should do after you check in is thoroughly inspect the room. Start with the bed itself by looking through the linens and comforter. Then, check under the bed and give a close examination to the headboard and legs, especially if they are wood. This is often where you will find bed bugs hiding. Check other furniture in the room, like couches or drawers, that are made of wood. Those are also places where pests like to hide.
3. Unpack Immediately
Unpack your belongings immediately upon returning from a trip. Even if you don’t believe you brought pests back with you, it is always better to be safe than sorry. You are right to assume that you brought something back. The best way to be absolutely sure that you eliminate any bed bugs on your clothes is to unpack immediately and do a load of laundry. If you don’t have space in the washer at the moment, throw your clothes in the dryer for 30 to 40 minutes. High heat levels of your dryer will kill any unwanted guest that stayed in your clothing.
Contact Bed Bug Heaters for Thermal Pest Control
There are many ways to prevent an infestation of bed bugs. Sometimes, and unfortunately, it happens anyway despite your best efforts. If you suspect that you have an infestation on your hands, contact Bed Bug Heaters at (937) 506-6940 or contact us online today for information on thermal pest control.