Did you know it’s Bed Bug Awareness Week?
June 5-11, 2016 is Bed Bug Awareness Week and we’re hoping you DON’T develop an up close and personal relationship with bed bugs this year.
Here’s what you need to know to prevent your knowledge of bed bugs from becoming more intimate than you’d like, especially since vacation season is now upon us. When traveling, you’ll want to take precautions to avoid bringing bed bugs home with you.
- At hotels, pull back sheets and inspect mattress seams, for telltale bed bug stains. Inspect the entire room before unpacking, including sofas and chairs and behind the headboard. Notify management of anything suspect and change rooms or establishments immediately.
- If you need to change rooms, don’t move to a room adjacent or directly above or below the suspected infestation.
- Keep suitcases in plastic trash bags or protective covers during your stay to prevent bed bugs from nesting there.
- When home, inspect suitcases before bringing them into the house and vacuum them before storing.
- Wash all clothes – even those not worn – in hot water to eliminate any bed bugs and their eggs.
According to the 2011 Bed Bugs in America survey, 27 percent of respondents have inspected or washed clothing upon returning from a trip; 25 percent have checked a hotel room for bed bugs; 17 percent have inspected or vacuumed a suitcase upon returning from a trip and 12 percent have altered or canceled travel plans because of concern about bed bugs.
Don’t forget that college students can bring bed bugs home. You can pick up bed bugs in your office, a theater, or even from a retail store. Bed bugs aren’t found only in beds.
If you’re concerned about bed bugs in your home or business, call the professionals at Getem Services at 757-489-8610 to schedule a free pest inspection. We can help you keep your home or business virtually pest free in any season.