Bed Bugs are awful. Just plain awful. These little critters are flat, reddish-brown, oval insects about 3/16-inch long or the size of an apple seed. They are swollen and reddish after a blood meal.
With the increase of travel, there will be Bed Bugs and if they are discovered, professional help is a MUST! A lot of people ask us how to tell if your hotel or even your home has been infested with these little terrors. Here’s an easy way to remember– SLEEP. That’s right, it’s an acronym to help you know what to look for and action steps to help avoid taking bed bugs home with you.
Survey surfaces for signs of an infestation, such as tiny rust-colored spots on bed sheets, mattress tags and seams, and bed skirts.
Lift and look for all bed bug hiding spots, including underneath the mattress, bed frame, headboard, and furniture. Typically, they come out at night to feed, but during the day, they are most likely found within a 5-foot radius of the bed.
Elevate your luggage on a luggage rack away from the bed and wall, since bed bugs can often hide behind head boards, artwork, picture frames and electrical outlet panels.
Examine your luggage carefully while repacking and when you return home. Always keep luggage off the bed and store it in a closet or other area, far away from your bedroom.
Place all your clothing from your luggage immediately in the dryer for at least 15 minutes at the highest setting upon returning home from travel.
A bed bug infestation has nothing to do with cleanliness – you can pick them up in even the finest hotels, and they can hitchhike into the cleanest homes at any time. You CAN help reduce your chances of a costly bed bug infestation by catching them early.
If you see them or are bitten by them, act immediately! You need to call an expert like Eliminate’Em to take control of the problem and remove all Bed Bugs quickly. The professional technicians at Eliminate’Em are available to you 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Give us a call. Toll-Free 1-866-802-7378 (7378) in Connecticut, New York & Massachusetts.