Since making a resurgence several years ago, bed bugs have proven to be a difficult and hard to treat pest, infesting homes and hotels, retail locations and even places of employment. Although a year-round concern, experts from the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) want people to be on high alert prior to heading into the busy summer travel season, declaring the last week of April to be Bed Bug Awareness Week. In recognition of the observance, Adam’s Pest Control is advising people throughout Minnesota to be extra vigilant to help curb the spread of this blood-sucking pest.
“Summer is a prime time for bed bug infestations because travel increases and people are more likely to bring bed bugs home with them,” said Todd Leyse, President at Adam’s. “We encourage all travelers, whether college students coming home for break, kids going to camp, or families going on vacation, to keep a close eye out for bed bugs looking for a ride home in suitcases.”
Public vigilance can start with careful inspections upon check in at lodging accommodations. According to new research by the NPMA and the University of Kentucky, 75 percent of pest control professionals indicated that they have encountered infestations of bed bugs in hotels and motels in the past year. Hotels are taking a proactive stance on protecting their establishments from bed bugs with strict protocols that include routine inspections, but guests also play an important role in bringing bed bugs to management’s attention and to help limit the spread of bed bugs to other locations.
To prevent an unwanted encounter with bed bugs this summer, Adam’s shares the following prevention tips for travelers:
At hotels, thoroughly inspect the entire room before unpacking, including behind the headboard and in furniture. Pull back the bed sheets and check the mattress seams and box springs for pepper-like stains that may be evidence of bed bug activity.
If you suspect an infestation or problem, notify management and change rooms immediately. Be sure the new room is not adjacent to or directly below or above the possibly infested room.
Keep suitcases in plastic trash bags or protective covers during a hotel stay to prevent bed bugs from nesting there. Do not put them on the beds.
Upon returning home from a trip, inspect all suitcases and other belongings before bringing them into the house.
Wash all clothes - even those that have not been worn - and dry them using an extra-hot dryer setting
For more information on bed bugs, please visit www.adamspestcontrol.com