There is no 100% guarantee when dealing with bed bugs but these measures should help minimize your risk of bringing home unwanted hitchhikers
Armonk, NY (Vocus) September 24, 2010
Whether you’re taking a train, subway or bus, you may have an unwelcome travel companion going along for the ride. And those hitchhikers are bed bugs!
The bed bugs invasion is sweeping the nation and one of the ways bed bugs are spreading is through public transportation. Commuters traveling to and from work via trains, subways or buses are bringing the blood sucking pests into their homes and offices.
“Anywhere that’s a public space is a place where bed bugs could be hiding. For commuters, it could be on any form of public transportation or in a waiting area. However, there are some basic precautions commuters can take to minimize the risk of bringing bed bugs into their home or office,” said Seth Tokson, co-owner of Top Dog Scent Detection of Armonk. NY.
Top Dog Scent Detection uses a specially trained dog named Trace to accurately identify sites of bed bug activity. Trace, a lab/pointer mix, graduated with more than 800 hours of bed bug scent detection training from the renowned Florida Canine Academy.
Mr. Tokson, who has over 30 years experience in the pest control business, offers these simple tips for commuters:
- Look around your seat before sitting down on buses, subways and trains – look at the edge of the seat before sitting down for evidence of bed bugs. Adult bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed.
- Minimize the amount of belongings you are carrying with you to and from work.
- Keep your belongings on your lap when traveling in trains, subways and buses.
- Don’t hang your coat in a communal coat closet. Isolate your coat from other people’s coats.
- When you get home, check purses, briefcases and tote bags for bed bugs.
- Educate yourself as to what to look for and where to look for bugs, feces etc. There are a lot of photos and information on the Internet.
- While in your office, place your belongings (briefcase, pocketbook, laptop case etc.) in an airtight container (Ziploc plastic bag) and seal it. Remove your bag only when you need it and when it is time to leave. Seal the plastic bag overnight or when you leave your office.
“There is no 100% guarantee when dealing with bed bugs but these measures should help minimize your risk of bringing home unwanted hitchhikers,” said Mr. Tokson.
For more specific information on how to prevent bringing bed bugs into your home from a trip contact Top Dog Scent Detection at (914) 219-5635 or visit http://www.bed-bug-sleuth.com.