A phenomenon seen in cities and towns across the country is the increase in bed bug activity during the hot, summer months. Last summer proved to be bad for bed bugs, but as one research entomologist stated, this summer is shaping up to be the worst summer yet for bed bugs. The problem is that as infestations spread to homes and businesses across the country, bed bugs become more embedded and continue to increase as a major pest problem. Another factor for the increase in bed bug problems is that travel increases as many people go off on summer vacations and come into contact with bed bugs while on their travels. In order to help combat the bed bugs this summer, Rose Pest Solutions would like to offer a few tips for Ohio residents to avoid bed bugs.
Learn how to identify the signs of beds
If your home or hotel room has a bed bug infestation, you may notice the following:
Small blood spots on the sheets or mattress as a result of bed bugs feeding on human blood
Light brown colored skins which bed bugs shed as they grow into adults
Itchy red welts on your skin, usually in a line of three
Live bed bugs themselves, which are about the size of an apple seed
Stay bed bug alert while on your summer vacation
Since traveling is the easiest way to come into contact with bed bugs, it is important when making your summer vacation plans you learn all the ways to avoid bed bugs while on vacation. Some of these bed bug-free travel tips include:
Keep your clothing in re-sealable bags.
Inspect your hotel room very carefully for any of the signs of bed bugs listed above. Don’t forget to search the mattress, headboard, nightstands, behind hanging artwork, upholstered furniture and even around the electrical outlets. Bed bugs spend most of their time hiding in cracks and crevices until they come out to feed.
Keep your luggage up off the ground on luggage stands.
Inspect your suitcases when you get home for any signs of bed bugs and then vacuum them out before they get stored away for the next trip.
Wash your clothing immediately on the hottest temperature available to the fabrics so that you kill off any hitchhiking bed bugs or eggs.
Even if you did not see any signs of bed bugs on your summer vacation it is still a good idea to stay on alert after your vacation to make sure that your home did not secretly become infested by any sneaky bed bugs. If you suspect your Cincinnati or Cleveland, Ohio home may have a bed bug problem, then it is important to contact Rose Pest Control to have your home inspected. The trained professionals at Rose will be able to detect any bed bug problems and effectively treat your home to get rid of bed bugs no matter how severe the problem.