Summer is officially in full swing. That means vacations are fast approaching (who else has a countdown in their office!?). Whether it’s a trip to the beach, a visit to your relatives or just a staycation, there is one pest that can put a major damper on summer fun – bed bugs.
Luckily, bed bugs are one of our specialties at Clark Exterminating. We have a few tricks and tips to prevent a bed bug infestation in your home. Here are a few of these helpful hints and signs to look for when you reach your summer destination, wherever you’re headed.
Always check your bed and luggage racks: Falling into bed is probably the first thing you want to do when you reach your hotel room after a long day of driving or flying. But stop! Don’t do it! There’s one thing you must do first – which will save you from a world of trouble once vacation ends and you’re back at home. First and foremost, you should always take a quick peek around the mattress and headboard of your hotel bed and your luggage racks. Bed bugs aren’t very good at cleaning up the messes they make, so finding evidence that they’re present isn’t too hard. If you see any blood or fecal stains on your sheets or mattress, steer clear. Let your hotel know immediately and find a new place to stay.
Another tip: Try to keep your luggage away from your bed. If bed bugs are hiding anywhere in your room, they can make their way into your luggage and you can bring them home. Now that’s a souvenir you don’t want to bring back home. When you get home, try to store your suitcases away from your bedroom, just as an extra precaution.
What does a bed bug bite look like? Bed bug bites can take a while to develop. They generally don’t wake you up while they’re biting you. Bed bug bites are tiny red bumps and tend to show up on your arms and shoulders in a straight row. An antiseptic spray or cream will help with the itching.
What do I do if bed bugs end up in my house? If you think that you’ve brought bed bugs home with you, try not to panic. Contact a professional pest control team, like your friends at Clark Exterminating, as soon as possible.
In the meantime, wash your bedding in hot water and dry it for at least 20 minutes. This can start the killing process of these pesky pests. Bed bugs can’t survive in heat higher than 120 degrees.
Clark Exterminating has been getting rid of pests for the past 36 years. Whether it’s ants, bed bugs, spiders or roaches, we’d love to be the team that you call to fix your bug problem in your time of need. We service clients all over central Arkansas and are always there when you need us. Give us a call for a quote today for your home or business.
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