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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Be Aware of Bed Bugs While On Vacation

It's that time of year, time to get away and have some family fun. Is staying in a hotel or motel in your plans? Well you may want to be aware of bed bugs and make sure you do not bring them home. Having an idea of what a bed bug looks like and how to prevent them from getting in your suitcase is extra knowledge you may want to have. 

an adult bed bug will be about 1/4 of an inch long or about the size of an apple seed. It may also resemble an apple seed or bean. Bed bugs can not transmit disease to humans but will irritate leaving red itchy marks on neck, arms and legs 

While bed bugs are known to live in beds they can make their home in different areas as well. The chair cushions, night stands, wall paper, headboards, wall hangings and baseboard are all places you may find bed bugs as well.

Still want to stay in the hotel?? Don't worry there are are a few things you can do to protect your self. When you first arrive inspect your room. I immedietly look at the bed, pull the sheet off the bottom corner revealing the mattress and box springs are there any bugs or tracks?? Next check out where the head board sits against the wall. See any bugs, black fecal staining, molted bed bug skins, tiny white sticky eggs??

If you do notice anything suspicious notify the hotel staff at once and ask for a different room on a different floor. 

Do not place luggage on the bed or floor. If there are any bedbugs they can easily get into your luggage from there. Hang up your clothing bag in the closet and set your suitcase on a luggage rack or in the bathtub.

After the trip wash your clothes immediately. All of your clothes even pieces that may not have been worn as it was all together in the same suitcase. Be sure to wash in hot, soapy water and dry in high heat.

I wish you good travels without any annoying little pest.

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