Bed bugs are one of the most common pests. According to NPMA’s 2018 Bugs Without Borders survey, 97 percent of U.S. pest control professionals surveyed reported they treated for bed bugs in 2018, with 68 percent saying they treated hotels specifically.
These pests do not discriminate and can be found anywhere, including 5-star hotels. Most people transport bed bugs back to their home without even realizing it. Bed bugs can wreak havoc if brought home after traveling, so it’s important to take the proper precautions.
To help avoid bringing home any hitchhiking pests this travel season, we recommend the following prevention tips:
- Thoroughly inspect the entire room before unpacking. Pay special attention to the following areas: behind the headboard, under lights, inside dressers, drawers, sofas, and chairs. Use a flashlight to assist your search.
- Pull back sheets and inspect mattress seams, particularly at the corners, for telltale stains or spots. If you see anything suspicious, request a room change immediately.
- When you return home, vacuum and properly inspect suitcases. Don’t bring them inside until you do so!
- Bed bugs are not a pest that can be handled with DIY remedies. If you think you’ve brought bed bugs home with you, call Complete Pest Solutions.