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Enjoy Your Summer and Avoid Bed Bugs When Traveling.

Posted by: Cooper Pest - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

As a valued Cooper customer, we would like to share some tips for bed bug prevention when travelling this summer. If during your summer vacation you stay in a hotel, motel, or a beach rental house, please keep these bed bug travel tips that are provided below in mind. Our intention is not to scare you or to ruin your vacation, but to remind you that it is important to take some precautions to ensure that your room is bed-bug free before you settle in and enjoy your vacation.

In a recent survey by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), 75% of pest control professionals indicated that they have encountered infestations of bed bugs in hotels and motels. The NPMA recommends the following tips for bed bug prevention when traveling:

  • At hotels, pull back the sheets and inspect the mattress seams, particularly at the corners, for telltale stains or spots. If you see anything suspect, notify management and change rooms/establishments immediately.

  • Thoroughly inspect the entire room before unpacking, including behind the headboard and in sofas/chairs. If any pests are spotted, change rooms/ establishments immediately

  • If you do need to change rooms, be sure that you do not move to a room adjacent and/or directly above/below the suspected infestation. Bed bugs can easily hitchhike via housekeeping carts, luggage and even through wall sockets. If the infestation is spreading, it typically does so in the rooms closest to the origin.

  • Consider placing your suitcase in a plastic trash bag or protective cover during the duration of your trip to ensure that bed bugs cannot take up residence there prior to departure

  • Remember: bed bugs travel by hitching rides. After your trip, inspect your suitcases before bringing them into the house. Vacuum your suitcase thoroughly before storing away. Consider using a garment hand steamer to steam your luggage, which will kill any bed bugs or eggs that may have hitched a ride home.

  • Wash all of your clothes - even those that have not been worn - in hot water to ensure that any bed bugs that may have made it that far are not placed into your drawers/closet. 

Cooper Pest Solutions is also the home of BedBug Central, the leading source for bed bug information within the pest management industry. At BedBug Central, we offer a variety of bed bug detection products as well as products for eliminating bed bugs when travelling. 

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