Bed bugs are not usually something you think to worry about when you are out of the house. Sure, you keep your eye out for dangerous pests such as spiders, bees, and wasps, but not for bed bugs. However, you should be concerned about these pests because bed bugs at your hotel could quickly turn into bed bugs in your Orlando home. Curious to know how? Let us explain.

Why You Need To Be Warry Of Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are not like other pests. They cannot fly, they cannot jump, and they are not very fast. Crawling is all they have. So how do they get into homes? A long time ago, bed bugs figured out that people travel to places they want to be and often carry things as they do so. These things became public transport for bed bugs looking to travel. Your briefcase is their bus, your suitcase is their airplane. You are their mode of transportation and by traveling you are giving them an opportunity to catch a ride home with you.

How You Can Inspect For Bed Bugs

To stop bed bugs from traveling home with you, you must first know how to inspect for them. Here is what we recommend.

  • Store your bags in a safe place before you search, either in your car or on the floor in the bathroom of the lodging or hotel room you are staying in.
  • Check bed sheets for bloodstains. If present this shows not only that bed bugs could be present but also that your bed was not cleaned before you arrived.
  • Check the matress itself for blood spots and small dots of reddish-black fecal matter in its crevices.
  • Investigate around the room for dots of fecal matter along baseboards and headboards, around outlets, by cracks, on furniture, and on the carpet.
  • Smell the air, does it smell musty? That could be the smell of bed bug pheromones.
  • Look for adult bed bugs. Although rare, as bed bugs often hide during the day, you might be able to spot some crawling about. If you see several, there is a good chance the infestation is moderate to severe.

Other Traveling Tips To Avoid Bed Bugs

When traveling, there are several precautions you can take to avoid bed bugs. Here are some we recommend putting into common practice.

  • Bed bugs only need 20 minutes to climb onto your belongings. For this reason, when in public places, do not leave coats, luggage, bags, etc on the floor for an extended period of time.
  • Store dirty clothing in a plastic bag or bags before coming home. When home, wash this clothing, this will kill off any hiding bed bugs.
  • If you buy any new clothing while on vacation throw it in the dryer when you get home at a high temperature. 
  • Inform your family members about bed bugs so they can keep an eye out as well. If you work together you will have a better chance of not bringing home an infestation.
  • If you find bed bugs where you are staying, let management know. This may seem obvious, but this simple step can save other travelers from bringing bed bugs home with them.

What To Do If Bed Bugs Make It Home With You

Sometimes bed bugs are unavoidable and despite your best efforts will make it into your home. If this is the case for you this traveling season, Biotherm Green Solutions, Inc, is here to help. With several options to choose from including green, eco-friendly solutions, your answer lies with us.

Don’t let bed bugs ruin your sleep, give us a call today and get back to the restful nights you deserve.