With Thanksgiving around the corner, the 2012 holiday season is nearly upon us. No one wants to return home with unwanted “presents” after their travels. Follow these few simple precautions when traveling to help limit your exposure to bed bugs and reduce the change of bringing an infestation home with you:
Before Departure: Covering your mattress and box spring in bed bug-proof encasements will prevent bed bugs from infesting you bed if they are brought home and will also help with early detection. Installing interception devices such as BlackOut Bed Bug Detectors will help prevent bed bugs from accessing your bed or other furniture.
At the Hotel: Keep luggage away from the bed and other cushioned furniture upon entering your hotel room. You should also learn how to do a basic room inspection. Be sure to check cracks and crevices of the mattress, box spring and behind the headboard. Take care to check furniture around the sleeping area such as nightstands.
Returning Home: To avoid introducing bed bugs into your home, treat luggage before bringing it into a room. A hot wash and dry cycle will kill bed bugs and their eggs. Suitcases should be inspected, particularly around zippers and folds. To treat luggage, heating units such at the PackTite and the ThermalStrike will heat suitcases and personal items to 120o F, killing bed bugs and eggs.
"Knowing bed bug activity increases in the summer months it’s important to be aware, educated and cautious when traveling this summer", says Jeffrey White, Technical Director at BedBug Central.
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