Have You Been Bitten By the Travel (Bed) Bug?

January 28, 2014

Winter is a time when your family might be planning a temporary escape from the snowy forecast to vacation in a warmer destination. While sun tans, souvenirs and new memories will hopefully follow you home, there is one thing you want to make sure doesn't: bed bugs.

Changing sleeping environments is a necessary part of traveling, but it also increases your risk for bringing bed bugs back home. Next time you travel, be sure to examine the place in which you will be staying to cut your chances of critter trouble while on the road.

Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite!

Bed bug prevalence is on the rise, and some of their favorite hangouts include hotels and motels. Bed bugs are notorious for "hitchhiking" from infested areas to non-infested areas by attaching to a person's clothing, luggage, furniture or bedding.

What do Bed Bugs Look Like?

Bed bugs are small insects that feed on the blood of mammals and birds. Adult bed bugs are oval, wingless and rusty red colored, and have flat bodies, antennae and small eyes. Approximately the size of an apple seed, bed bugs are visible to the naked eye, but often hide in cracks and crevices.

How do I Examine for Bed Bugs?

When arriving in a hotel or motel, or any other new sleeping environment, make sure to set your belongings in the bathroom rather than the floor, bed or closet. While examining the room for bed bugs, keep your eyes peeled for:

  • Reddish-black droppings or blood spots on mattress, bedding, furniture, wall hangings or other hidden places

  • Cast shells of bed bugs after they molt on the bed and floor

  • Live, dead or crushed bed bugs in bedding

  • Unexplained red marks or rashes that appear in groups or lines on your body upon waking up

My Room has Bed Bugs. Now What?

Although bed bugs may be a nuisance, they are not inherently dangerous. While they are not known to spread disease, they can still cause allergic reactions to sensitive skin. If you suspect your room has bed bugs, notify the management of the hotel or motel at which you are staying. Be sure to request a different room or find another hotel altogether. 

In Need of Bed Bug Control in Des Moines? We've Got You Covered!

In the case that bed bugs do follow you home, call the bed bug control experts at Preferred Pest Control. Our experienced and trained staff is ready to detect and eliminate your bed bug problem with cutting-edge, field-proven bed bug solutions. For more information, call us at (515) 276-7277 or contact us online today.