People from all backgrounds and walks of life look forward to the summer months, and they often plan vacations during this time of the year. If you have been on vacation or plan to take a trip, you will want to be on the lookout for bedbugs so that you don't bring them back home with you. If you enter an area that is infested with the pests, they can get into your clothes and bags, and you won't even know that they are there. Luckily, you can prevent that problem by following a plan and remaining vigilant, and you will be pleased with the outcome.
Isolate Your Belongings
Isolating your clothes and personal belongings as soon as you arrive at your hotel room or a relative’s home is a smart move. Bedbugs like to hide in furniture, beds and carpet, and you won’t always see them until it’s too late for you to respond. Before you do anything else, take your clothes and suitcase to the bathroom, placing them on the sink. Since bedbugs have trouble climbing hard surfaces, your items should be safe for now. If you don’t want to run into problems, try to keep your clothes in the bathroom until you know that the area is safe, giving you peace of mind.
Do an Inspection
Now that your bags are out of harm’s way, it’s time to inspect your bedroom for red flags of which you need to be aware. Bedbugs like to build their nests near a host, so you can usually spot them on mattresses when they are nearby. When you are ready to check the area for bedbug activity, you can use a flashlight to search the seams for warning signs. During the early stages of an infestation, you won’t always spot the bedbugs, but you can look for the red stains that they leave behind after consuming a blood meal.
Protecting Your Home
If you want to enhance your odds of success and to do everything that you can to protect yourself, place your suitcase and clothes in a trash bag before you go home. As soon as you arrive at your house, take the bags and place them in the laundry room, emptying your clothes into the dryer. Since bedbugs can’t survive high temperatures, turning your dryer to the highest setting for 60 minutes will kill any bedbugs that have tried to come home with you. You will then want to vacuum your suitcase carefully, and you will remove any pests that remain if you do so properly.
Geiger's Pest Services
If you want to ensure that bedbugs won’t cause problems, you can contact the team at Geiger's Pest Services, and we will come to your rescue. Our pesticide will handle the situation and kill the bedbugs on the first treatment, and we will work to let you know that you are in good hands. You can contact us for more information about what we can do, and we look forward to hearing from you.