Bed Bugs Sing, "There's No Place Like Home For The Holidays!"
December 20, 2016
It's December here in Colorado, and there are a few things you can expect to happen this month. You can expect some dashing through the snow, a little walking in a winter wonderland, some carols being sung by a choir, and folks dressed up like Eskimos. That's why we have songs about these things. But, the song bed bugs love most this time of year is Perry Como singing, "There's no place like home for the holidays." And, since we would prefer you to, "find it hard to sleep tonight," because of the many reasons Nat King Cole sings about, and not because you have accidentally gotten bed bugs this year, we've put together this quick list of holiday bed bug tips.
Bed Bug Prevention Tips For The Holidays
If you have family or friends coming to spend the night, tell them that:
There is a resource to check whether or not bed bugs have been reported in a hotel, motel, or other accommodations. A quick stop to bedbugregistry.com could provide a much needed red flag.
Bed bugs don't just infest dirty hotels and motels. They can be in the cleanest, and most expensive, establishments.
Bed bugs aren't just in places people spend the night. They can be anywhere people sit or lounge. For this reason, they have been found infesting many forms of public transportation.
Bed bugs are tiny. Really tiny. A baby bed bug is the size of the tip on a pen, and has a transparent skin.
Bed bugs get into, and lay their eggs in, bags, electronics, clothing, and other items we travel with. It is a good idea to only bring necessary items into places where you'll be sleeping along the way.
Always do a quick inspection. A flashlight or the light on a smartphone should be used to look for black droppings and black streak marks, blood staining, shed insect casings, and tiny rust-colored insects in mattress seams, on bedspreads, sheets, pillowcases, upholstered furniture seams, baseboards, carpet edges, and wall outlets. These signs can prevent a home infestation.
Bed bugs don't come out of the woods, crawl across your lawn, and squeeze in through your exterior walls. They ride in with people and on belongings. Public awareness and routine inspections are key in prevention, especially during the holidays when there is more travel. If you suspect a bed bug problem, contact EnviroPest right away for effective bed bug control.
We hope these bed bug tips keep your home safe this season. May your days be merry and bright, and may no bed bugs bite tooooniiiight. Happy holidays from all of us here at EnviroPest!