Avoid bringing a bed bug infestation home with you this fall

For years, the common nursery rhyme and bedtime saying, “Don’t let the bedbugs bite!” probably felt like a relic of a day long past. Throughout the second half of the twentieth century, bed bug cases were rare. Unfortunately, bed bugs have made a big comeback in recent years. As certain harmful pesticides were banned and the bugs gained more resistance to the ones that remained, bed bugs took advantage of being forgotten about to spread throughout the United States. As it once did many decades ago, the idea of a bed bug infestation strikes fear into the heart of any homeowner today.

Unlike roaches, rodents, and many other types of pests, bed bugs typically do not infect homes by coming in from the outside environment. Instead, they rely on humans to unknowingly transport them to new feeding grounds. If you want to avoid a bed bug infestation this fall, you need to take action to avoid carrying them and call in a pest professional if you suspect you have accidentally brought them into your home.

With the right precautions, most homeowners can avoid transmitting a bed bug infestation into their home.

For most homeowners, the idea of a bed bug infestation is terrifying. However, by following our travel tips, you can greatly reduce your risk of bringing bed bugs into your home.

Why is fall a critical time for bed bug transmission?

There’s a lot of travel happening in the fall. In the early part of the season, homeowners are returning from late summer vacations where they stayed in different hotels, potentially exposing their belongings to bed bugs. Students are headed to college dorms and then back home to do their laundry (we’ve all been there, right?), and bed bugs can hitch a ride in those dirty socks and college tees. As the season progresses, business travel picks up and the holidays arrive. Thanksgiving travel and accommodations are an ideal opportunity for bed bugs to find new homes.

Bed bug cases then typically reach their peak during the winter and the holiday season, where travel is at its highest.

Be bed bug smart

When traveling, keep these tips in mind, and you’ll greatly reduce your chance of transmitting an infestation back to your home:

  • Rethink your assumptions: Many people make the mistake of thinking that bed bugs are only present in dirty, rundown motels. Unlike roaches, however, bed bugs have little preference for cheap motels versus 5-star hotels. If there are beds and humans they can draw blood from, bed bugs are open to colonizing that space.
  • Check the hotel bed: Before you sit, lay down, or put any luggage on the bed, perform a bed bug check. Lift the mattress and look underneath for bed bugs, which are typically near the head of the bed. Pull back the sheets and look for any dark red spots. If there are any bed bugs, signs of bed bugs, or something doesn’t feel right, talk to hotel management and request a new room.
  • Quarantine your personal items: Most bed bugs hitch a ride in luggage and dirty clothes. When staying in a hotel, keep your luggage elevated on a hard surface, such as a luggage rack, a dresser, or a table.
  • Purge when you return: It’s a good habit to immediately wash and dry your clothes directly from the suitcase when you get home. Avoid bringing the luggage or any of the clothes onto carpet, furniture, or beds until the clothes have been exposed to 30 minutes in the dryer on a heated setting.

What should you do if you suspect you have bed bugs?

An unwelcome hitchhiker can quickly become a bed bug infestation in your home. If you suspect that you have brought home bed bugs with you, you’ll want to call our team immediately. We offer free bed bug inspections here in the Valley. If the infestation is caught early, the bed bugs can be quarantined to a specific part of your home, which limits the disruption of bed bug treatments.

Don’t try to fight a bed bug infestation on your own. Bed bugs are a relatively hardy pest that is well-adapted to life with humans. Without the help of a professional, treating bed bugs will feel like playing a game of “whack-a-mole” at the local arcade—you’ll think you’ve dealt with the infestation only to find bed bugs popping back up in a new part of your home. This can induce a state of panic and paranoia for homeowners. It’s just not worth it.

Again, if you think your home might have a bed bug problem, you’ll want to call in the experts. Here in Phoenix and Casa Grande, the team at Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services offers free bed bug inspections, and we’re known Valley-wide for our expert, effective bed bug treatment. Give us a call today!

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The 5 best ways to avoid bed bugs this holiday season

Bed bugs are terrible. They can infest homes, motels, and even airplanes, traveling through luggage and clothing to new places to feed. In this blog, we’ll run through the 5 best ways to avoid bed bugs while you’re traveling for the holidays.

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5 ways to avoid bed bugs infesting your home

1. Clean used furniture before bringing into your home

It’s a great feeling when you find that perfect couch, chair, or fabric-backed headboard for your bed at your local consignment store. However, buying used furniture could mean you’re getting something else thrown into the deal: bed bugs.

Avoid bed bugs like this one!

Bed bugs can hitch a ride on used furniture into your home, where they’ll spread to infect your home. If you do choose to buy used furniture that has any kind of fabric, thoroughly inspect it for bed bugs.

Keep your new piece in “quarantine”, in a garage or on a patio, separated from other pieces of furniture, carpet, and pet / human interaction. If you’re planning on reupholstering the piece, do that before you bring it into your home.

As a side note: used mattresses are typically a bad idea. Obviously, this is a popular place for bed bugs to hide, and buying a used mattress could be asking for trouble.

2. Read hotel and motel reviews

 

Bed bugs are natural hitchhikers, and their transit hubs to new places are hotels and motels. Bed bugs are the terror of the hospitality industry, and they should be: bed bugs can not only ruin your vacation, but ensure that your return home is just as awful.

Before you book your next hotel or motel stay, check out online reviews and see what people are saying.

  • If there’s multiple reviews alluding to the presence of bed bugs and no attempt to address these customer concerns, you should probably look elsewhere.
  • If there’s only one review that mentions bed bugs, and the hotel has responded and provided follow-up, they might be okay. You can call the hotel and ask about the precautions they take to prevent bed bug infestations.

Always check your hotel bed for bed bugs before getting into it, putting clothing on it, or opening your luggage.

A final note: the price of the hotel has little to do with its chances of having bed bugs. Often, a high-end hotel is just as likely to have or not have bed bugs as a chain motel. Bed bugs cut across class lines!

3. Put your luggage on watch

If you’re a frequent traveler, your risk of bringing home bed bugs goes up significantly. You need to develop a routine for handling your luggage and laundry when you return home to avoid bed bugs. Try this:

  1. Pack your garments into plastic bags inside of your suitcase to prevent any potential cross-contamination.
  2. Without bringing them into any other space of your home or mixing them with other clothes, immediately throw your clothes from the trip into the wash when you get home, and wash them on the highest heat setting possible.
  3. If you have an extra space freezer in your garage that your suitcase fits into, you can always freeze your luggage to kill off any remaining bed bugs (or bacteria!). Two hours of 23 degree temperatures or lower will eliminate any bed bugs.
  4. If you don’t have that freezer, you can hand wash your suitcase with hot water and a brush. Inspect for bed bugs as you go.

These steps might seem extreme, but, for the frequent traveler, they’re a way of ensuring that bed bugs don’t infest your home when you return.

4. Be careful when using shared laundry facilities

If you use a laundromat, be cautious of the risk of bed bugs. The hot water of a washer and the heat of a dryer can kill bed bugs, but the risk of cross-contamination comes when people are transferring laundry or folding it to be put away.

5. If you suspect you have bed bugs, call in the pros!

This one’s important. If you have even a sneaking suspicion that your home, bed, or furniture has bed bugs and that they’ve gotten past your defenses, you need to call a professional pest control company. Here in Phoenix and Casa Grande, that’s us here at Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services.

Avoid bed bugs with our tips and our help!

Our technicians are bed bug control experts, and we offer free bed bug inspections here in the Valley and Casa Grande. If you need us to check for bed bugs in your home, call us at (480) 986-8500 or contact us online.