Don’t Bring Bed Bugs Home With You

Anyone who has survived a bed bug infestation will know how horrible it can be. These bugs are incredibly difficult to get rid of and also cause enormous physical and mental distress. With these bugs the best course of action is prevention instead of cure. You want to do everything you can to prevent them. The first step to doing this is not bringing them into your home. Here’s how to never bring bed bugs home again.

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How to never bring bed bugs home from holiday

First of all, you have to know where the bugs come from. In most cases, people who bring bed bugs home have recently gone on holiday. What you have to understand is that most hotels are crawling with these bugs. This includes the most upmarket places. You will have to get heat treatment to kill bed bugs instantly.

That’s why it’s so important that you check for bed bugs before unpacking. Leave your luggage outside and go through the room with a fine toothcomb. It helps to do this with a torch. Strip the bed and check everything from the pillowcases to the sheets. Then lift up the mattress and check underneath it. Next, look under the base with the torch. Actually, if you can, move the base to the side. Finally, check all furniture surrounding the bed. You may also want to check around the headboard and beneath lamps etc.

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It’s also critical that you examine your luggage before leaving. Start by looking over your bag. Pay special attention to folds, creases, and small areas which zip shut. Next, look over each item of clothing carefully before placing it into the bag. Once your bag is packed do not leave it in your room if you can help it. Either leave your bag in the bathroom, or in another safe location. This may seem like a lot of hard work, especially if you’re on holiday. But trust us, you don’t want to bring bed bugs home, so please take this seriously.

How to avoid bed bugs when travelling

Another place where people pick up these bugs is public transport. According to reports, bed bugs are more and more frequently found in taxis, trains, and buses. What usually happens is that you sit down and then the bugs crawl into your clothing. To prevent this, check all clothing carefully once you get home. If you do find bed bugs, seek out professional pest control.

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People can also bring bed bugs home simply by going outside. While most people know these bugs from home infestations, believe it or not, they do exist in nature. If you’re going on a long walk, hike, or picnic, then watch out for these bugs. Check yourself thoroughly before going inside. Places to look include your socks and the bottom of your trousers or skirt. You may also want to check through your picnic basket.

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