Bed bugs on clothes
If you’re starting to make plans for the spring as warmer weather sets in, pay attention to the details if you are traveling or on vacation.
When in a hotel, inspect common areas such as the mattress, pillows, drawers or anywhere you may place clothes or your belongings. Use a flashlight to look around to see if bed bugs or other inspects are visible too.
In the United States, bed bugs are common in all 50 states and they don’t discriminate who they select to tag along. It doesn’t matter where you stay or how clean your clothes may be, they can jump on board a suitcase or jacket and be home with you in no time at all.
Bed bugs like heat and are attracted to humans because of their body temperature. Also, they are attracted to carbon dioxide. So if you are active and exhaling or more people are in a room, there is an open opportunity for bed bugs to appear if they are present in a home.
How to spot a bed bug bite
Bed bug bites can burn or itch and will be red in color. In most cases, these may appear on the arms or shoulders. So if you have been in contact with bed bugs in a hotel, then you will know fairly quickly if they were present.
In short, bed bugs don’t normally cause disease, they are mainly just irritating. But without proper care, they can increase the chance of a secondary infection according to the CDC.
On the other hand, if you arrive home safely and never encounter bed bugs, be sure to wash your clothes. Bed bugs are hitchhikers, and this is just one more precaution to help keep them out of your house.
Bed bug heat treatment
If there is a scenario where you have bed bugs in your home, it is best to call a pest control company within the first sighting. Complete eradication is key, and one of the best methods is bed bug heat treatment as they can withstand temperatures up to 120° F.
For questions on bed bugs, contact ThermalRid today and speak with a member of our team about your specific situation.