With states starting to reopen their borders this month, families are starting to plan their homeland vacations (especially since overseas travel is out of the equation for now)
As excitement around the prospect of traveling again grows, it is easy to forget one tiny, but trip-altering threat – bed bugs.
While these elusive pests are found just about everywhere, they are especially common in hotel rooms.
You may ask, if people have not been travelling during lock down why would I need to worry about bedbugs?
Even though hotel occupancy may have been down across the country in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, travellers should be aware that bed bugs are still present as they can survive months without feeding, & are most likely to very hungry looking for a feed!
Bedbug Prevention Tips
- Inspect the entire room for bed bugs before unpacking including
- Behind the headboard
- Under lights
- Inside dressers
- Inside drawers
- in and around sofas
- the upper and underside of chairs.
- Pull back the sheets and inspect the mattress seams and box spring, particularly at the corners, for pepper-like stains, spots or shed bed bug skins.
- Use the flashlight app on your phone to assist you with quick visual inspections.
- Place suitcases in a plastic trash bag during the duration of the trip to ensure that bed bugs cannot take up residence there prior to departure.
- Vacuum and properly inspect suitcases after returning from a vacation.
- Do not bring the suitcase into your home until it has been inspected.
- Vacuum and inspect your car, paying close attention to the seats and trunk to ensure no bed bugs made the journey home with you.
Bed bugs is not a souvenir you want to bring home from vacation.
If you do suspect an infestation at the hotel you are staying at, contact management immediately and ask to switch rooms.
If you have brought back bedbugs call Sydneys Best Pest Control on 1800 819 189 or contact us via this website.