August, not only is it the hottest month of the year, but it is one that has everybody’s schedule in flux. Many families are taking end-of-summer vacations while others are sending their children off to college. While it may be time for travel and adventure, it’s important to take precautions to ensure where you lay your head is bed bug-free, whether it’s the hotel room or the dorm room.
Unfortunately, bed bugs thrive in hotels and college dorms due to the increased number of people in a confined space. A survey by NPMA indicated that 75 percent of pest control professionals have encountered infestations of bed bugs in hotels and motels. An NPMA survey also indicated that 46 percent of pest control professionals have encountered infestations of bed bugs in college dorms. Starting to feel the itch? Here are our top five tips to prevent unwanted guests in your living quarters:
- When staying in an unfamiliar place immediately inspect the bed. Pull back the sheets and inspect the mattress seams, specifically in the corners. Search for stains and spots such as black fecal matter, transparent eggs and exoskeletons shed by live bugs. Also remember to check behind the headboard. If you see anything out of the ordinary, immediately alert either hotel management or a university facility manager.
- Inspect the entire room before you begin unpacking. Check couches and chairs, folds of linen, curtains, and cracks in walls. If you see any pests quickly alert the staff or management.
- If you are in a hotel, consider putting your suitcase and other belongings in a plastic bag or protective cover for the duration of your stay.
- Prevention is the key to avoiding a bed bug infestation. If you are living in a college dorm, be mindful of the things that you bring into your living quarters. Pre-wash secondhand furniture and clothing before bringing it into your dorm. If you do see bed bugs on your new belongings discard them immediately.
- Make sure you inspect your luggage and clothes after you return home from a trip. Remember bed bugs hitch hike from location to location.
Think bed bugs are only in dirty places? You couldn’t be more wrong. The truth is, even the newest and cleanest homes, dormitories and hotels are susceptible to this tiny pest. Take precautions when traveling or moving into a new dorm room or apartment. However, if you suspect an infestation, call our Rid A Pest team and we’ll send our trusted duo, Chris and Huck from our canine detection team, out to inspect.