Bed Bugs and Spring Break

Pest Control for Bed Bugs in Woodstock GAOne of the last things on your mind when heading put for spring break is probably bed bugs. Unfortunately though one of those most common sources of bed bugs are from staying in hotels and rental accommodations.

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is encouraging anyone traveling this spring to brush up on bed bug prevention tips.

From hostels to five-star hotels, bed bug encounters have become much more common in all types of lodging facilities,” said Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA. “Fortunately, there are a few things Spring Break travelers can do before, during and after their vacation to avoid finding bed bugs in hotels and bringing them home in suitcases.

The NPMA offer the following tips to enjoy a spring break free from bed bugs –

  • At hotels, thoroughly inspect the entire room before unpacking, including behind the headboard and in furniture. Pull back the bed sheets and check the mattress seams for pepper-like stains that may be evidence of bed bug activity.
  • Set your luggage away from walls and never place it on the bed. Use a large plastic trash bag or a protective cover to store your suitcases during your hotel stay.
  • If you see anything suspicious, notify management and change rooms immediately. Be sure your new room is not adjacent to the possibly infested room.
  • After your trip, inspect and vacuum your suitcases thoroughly before bringing them into the house. Consider using a garment hand steamer to steam your luggage, which will kill any bed bugs.
  • Wash all of your clothes – even those that have not been worn – in hot water

If these tips fail, and you end up returning home with bed bugs which become infested in your home, Protect All Pest Control can help.

We offer professional pest control for bed bugs and all other types of insects and pests in Woodstock, Kennesaw, Acworth, and Marietta. Call us at 770-728-8520 or use the convenient “Contact” feature on our website.


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