The American Automobile Association (AAA) estimates that nearly 113 million people will travel 50 miles or more away from home between December 23 and January 2. That’s an increase of 3.6 million people over last year.
The AAA estimates might be a little low, however, because they don’t account for frequent – and most unwelcome – travelers that are a real nuisance: bed bugs.
Bed bugs are adaptable travelers during the holidays, and all year long for that matter. They know no boundaries when it comes to choosing a location to infest.
Bed bugs can be found in hotel rooms, vacation rentals, apartments, and college dorm rooms. They will infest beds, bedding, furniture, drapes, luggage, shopping bags, backpacks, and seats in train cars, taxis, buses, and movie theaters.
Travel levels are booming, and more people are out and about. So the chances of you, or someone in your traveling party, unknowingly picking up bed bugs and introducing them to the place you are staying, or bringing them home, are greatly increased.
What can travelers – no matter how near or far they are going – do to reduce the chances of bringing home this extra holiday present?
Clark, your friendly pest control, mosquito, rodent, termite, and grounds care expert, recommends that holiday travelers use the following tips to reduce the chance of an unwanted bed bug encounter:
After the holidays, once you’re back home, or once students have returned to school after break, it’s important to be proactive when it comes to preventing issues with bed bugs.
As mentioned earlier, bed bugs are a year-round pest, so vigilance is an important part of effective bed bug prevention:
Because bed bugs are elusive creatures and travel well, it’s imperative that you consult with a pest management professional to assist with any bed bug control effort.
One of Clark’s highly trained inspectors will come to your home or apartment and conduct a thorough inspection to verify if it has bed bugs. An accurate identification is essential. If bed bugs are confirmed, Clark will make the appropriate treatment recommendation designed specifically for your home or apartment.
Until next time, the pest management professionals at Clark Pest Control thank you for helping to keep unwanted pests out of your home.