National Bed Bug Awareness Month Kicks Off With How-To Video on Traveling Bed Bugs Free for Labor Day

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The First National Bed Bug Awareness Month Launches with the Release of a How-To Video Series Offering Prevention Tips During Labor Day Travel

Suitcases placed in hotel bathtubs to prevent infestations

Holiday traveling is among one of the most common ways people come in contact with bed bugs

The arrival of September marks the launch of the first National Bed Bug Awareness Month, designed increase awareness about the continued spread of bed bugs. To kick things off, the awareness month participants at BedBug Central have released a how-to video on traveling bed bug free this Labor Day weekend.

According to research entomologist Jeffrey White of BedBug Central, the peak travel period during Labor Day weekend provides ideal conditions for travelers to encounter bed bugs and inadvertently bring them home due to the high volume of people moving from location to location.

“Holiday traveling is among one of the most common ways people come in contact with bed bugs,” said White. “By carrying out some simple but proactive steps, travelers can greatly reduce their risk of bringing bed bugs home and increase their chances of identifying an infestation where they are staying.”

To learn some bed bug travel prevention tips you can watch this short how-to video or continue reading below.

6 Simple Tips to Stay Bed Bug Free this Labor Day:

Before Departure: Steps to follow before leaving.

Encase mattresses and box-springs before leaving—This proactive step will prevent bed bugs from getting inside your mattresses and box springs and will aid in the early detection if you accidentally bring bed bugs into your home. Be sure the encasements are bed bug-proof. When you return home, you will want to periodically inspect these encasements.

Destination Arrival: Ensuring a bed bug free visit.

Keep your distance—Physical barriers are a great deterrent against bed bugs. When you arrive at a hotel keep your luggage closed and away from bed bug prone areas such as the bed, closets, nightstands and furniture. Most hotel rooms have luggage racks, so use them.

Conduct a basic visual inspection of the hotel bed—Well-established bed bug infestations may be detected by pulling back the bed linens and checking the visible edges of the mattress and box spring. You are looking for evidence of live bugs, dark brownish to black spots/stains or shed skins from bed bugs. This is a very simple but important step.

Returning Home: The final step in bed bug prevention.

Head straight for the laundry room—When you arrive home, it is advised that clothing be immediately hot laundered or heat-dried when possible. Sustained temperature of 120 degrees or higher will kill all life stages of bed bugs. For people that need to carry luggage through their home to get to the laundry room, dissolvable laundry bags are a safe transportation solution and can prevent bed bugs from dropping off throughout the house.

Leave it to a pro— Bed bugs are a complex pest and self-treating often leads to complicating and even spreading an infestation. This will add a hefty price tag to what may have been a small job. If you think you have bed bugs, contact a pest management firm that is trained in bed bug treatment.

Get educated—The best tip for traveling bed bug free is self-education. These basic tips are a great starting point, but they are not comprehensive. Cooper has worked with other entomologists to create an online resource known as BedBug Central. For more travel tips and bed bug information, visit this link. This website provides the public with bed bug biology facts, in depth methods for prevention, treatment options and more.

National Bed Bug Awareness Month educational campaign in which U.S. Representative Robert Dold, (R-Ill.) and 10 of the foremost bed bug experts from across the country have collaborated to create videos, articles and interviews geared toward helping the public fight back against bed bugs.

The awareness month began Sept. 1 with the launch of an interactive, online tutorial series and will culminate with the North American Bed Bug Summit being held in Chicago from the Sept. 25-27 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare.

About BedBug Central

BedBug Central serves as the an authoritative information resource and website available to the public for information concerning bed bugs and bed bug related issues concerning health, prevention, and treatment methods. More information can be obtained at http://www.bedbugcentral.com.

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