Tips To Avoid Bed Bugs While Traveling

Bed bugs are frequently known for targeting rest stops and stay overs like hotels, roadside inns, and motels. Guests of these facilities are at a high risk of a bed bug encounter. Bed bugs are attracted to temporary rental establishments because they are frequented by vulnerable guests. People who are not aware of their existence, at least, their presence during the temporary visits. The term was initially utilized because the insect species are drawn to beds, belonging to humans. The bed bug is a parasitic insect species that feed on blood from humans. Not just humans, but sleeping humans, which is where the attraction for beds come into play. The insect feeds at night when its human host is asleep. For day sleepers who believe they are 100 percent safe from bed bugs, this misconception could lead to a full-blown infestation. All humans are at risk when visiting the aforementioned travel accommodations, regardless of sleep habits.

Know Your Surroundings

Avoiding a bed bug encounter as a hotel guest is difficult, if not impossible. Bed bugs are known to frequent travel accommodations of all qualities. Unfortunately, some travel accommodations are riskier than others. Whether management refuses to take the appropriate pest control management route, or visitors are aware of the bed bugs. Whatever the case may be, bed bug sightings are reported in 5-star resorts and 1-star roadside inns. The best and only way to protect yourself as a hotel guest is to know your surroundings. While this may appear to be an easy feat, it is far from it. Knowing your surroundings before and upon entering the motel room will help protect your and your travel companions from bed bug encounters.
  • Visual Assessment – The first step is to visually assess the room immediately upon entering. This step will not take the place of a bed bug inspection, but it will get you one step ahead of the process. Visually assess the carpet, bed linen, upholstery, drapery, and other items in the room
  • Visual Inspection – If bed bugs or signs of bed bugs were not detected during the visual assessment, you can move forward to the inspection. Carefully lift all visible items – pillows, bed linen, electronics, décor, towels, washcloths, bathmats, and guest laundry bags
If signs of bed bugs are detected during the first step of the process, do not venture further into the room. This is a sure sign of a bed bug infiltration or infestation. Report your findings to hotel management immediately upon detection. If the manager provides a replacement room, you will need to repeat the visual assessment and visual inspection. If the replacement room is also showing signs of bed bugs, it will be in your best interest to skip the motel altogether. Thanks to commercial and residential pest management, hotels and other travel accommodations no longer need to fear bed bugs and other pest species. To learn more about these services, do not hesitate to reach out to our Davenport pest control experts. We are available 5 days a week and some weekends.

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