Don’t Let Bed Bugs Crash Your Summer Vacation

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Bug Busters offers tips for bed bug prevention while traveling

Bed bugs are one of the most difficult pests to control, but taking precautions prior to settling in, is a critical first step in helping travelers avoid coming into contact with these blood-sucking pests

It’s Bed Bug Awareness Week and summer travel is in full swing with many families looking forward to their warm and sunny escapes. Bug Busters encourages travelers to learn and practice bed bug prevention tips to help avoid bringing home these unwanted souvenirs. During this peak travel season Bug Busters reminds those planning getaways to take the necessary precautions to help reduce encounters with bed bugs and shares facts on bed bugs below, as well as the attached infographic and Bed Bug Q&A’s.

Bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers because they are so easily transported from one place to another in items such as suitcases, purses and laptop bags. This makes travelers especially susceptible to picking up bed bugs while away from home, regardless of whether staying in a hotel or at a relative’s house. “Bed bugs can turn a relaxing vacation into a nightmare, especially if they return home with you,” says Bug Busters Chief Operating Officer Court Parker. “Bed bugs are one of the most difficult pests to control, but taking precautions, such as inspecting hotel rooms, beach rentals and cabins prior to settling in, is a critical first step in helping travelers avoid coming into contact with these blood-sucking pests.”

Some common signs of bed bugs include:

  •     Pepper-like stains on fabric-covered items
  •     Molted bed bug skins
  •     The bugs themselves in various life stages
  •     White eggs and empty egg casings

All travelers should thoroughly inspect the room for the presence of these bed bug indicators upon arriving at their intended destination. This includes pulling back the bed sheets to examine the mattress seams, checking behind the headboard and looking in furniture crevices. A small flashlight can help aide in this investigation. If a bed bug infestation is suspected, guests should immediately notify management or property owners, and request a new, non-adjacent room.

It’s also good practice for travelers to vacuum their luggage and wash and dry all clothes – even those that have not been warn – on high heat when returning home.

For more information on pest prevention for all seasons, please visit bugbustersusa.com. For further details on scheduling an interview with a Bug Busters expert who can share ever more creepy crawly facts and pest-prevention ideas, please contact court(at)bugbustersusa(dot)com or 1-800-210-6262.

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Bug Busters has been family owned and operated since 1984 and is committed to providing top-notch residential and commercial pest control services in the Southeast. While offering the most effective pest control services available, Bug Busters is dedicated to doing so with respect for the environment. The company focuses on the control, removal and monitoring of all types of crawling and flying pests including mosquitoes, rodents, bed bugs, termites, spiders and more. Bug Busters stresses the importance of knowing customers personally and offering thorough and tailored service with a vow to excellence in the products and services that it provides.

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