Bed Bug Prevention while Traveling

Spring break is coming up and with it many people in Arizona will be traveling and we all know how disgusting and traumatic bed bugs can be. They cause anxiety, panic and can be extremely difficult to get rid of. They seem to infect every corner of the Earth and love a good trip. The key to never getting bed bugs is understanding how to search, identify and prevent them. This bed bug prevention guide illustrates some of the basic precautions to take when traveling and how to handle your luggage upon arrival at hotels and when you’re coming home.

Identifying Bed Bugs

Obviously, to be able to prevent bed bugs you need to know what they look like and how to identify them. The main ways to identify if there is a bed bug problem is by looking around the bed and mattress seams for black specks that seem to resemble pepper flakes. These are bed bug feces and are a sure sign that there is a bed bug presence. Bed bugs themselves are rather flat with a slight elliptical shape to them with a reddish-brown color. They are usually no bigger than an apple seed in size.

Preparation When Traveling

There are some basic things you should do before embarking on your trip like:

Pack a flashlight – You’ll need one to inspect for bed bugs in your hotel room and around the bed where you plan on sleeping.

Use a hardshell or collapsible suitcase – Hardshells usually are easy to clean and don’t have seams where bed bugs can hide. If a hard-shell isn’t possible than a collapsible type suitcase is another option as these can be washed easily upon arriving home.

Bring a plastic bag (optional) – If you want to be extra careful, bring a large garbage bag to put your suitcase in during your trip. This will make it even more difficult for bed bugs to get into your luggage.

Read reviews carefully – Of course doing your due diligence on any place you plan on staying in is paramount. Any reviews that mention bed bugs should be taken seriously. Avoid any place with reviews mentioning bed bugs at any point during the establishment’s history, even if the review is old.

Inspecting for Bed Bugs

Upon arriving at your hotel, hostel or wherever you’re staying immediately put your luggage in a bathroom during the inspection process. Bathrooms are much safer to store your luggage in since they are usually full of slippery surfaces and tiles that bed bugs do not like. This will give you some time to inspect your room thoroughly before bringing your luggage into the actual hotel room main area.

Check All Areas of Your Room

You’ll want to be as thorough as possible with your inspection of your room. Areas you’ll want to check are:

  • Head boards
  • Box frames
  • Night stands
  • Book shelves
  • Mattress pleats
  • Curtain pleats
  • Sheets and pillows
  • Any items that have small crevices and crannies (like alarm clocks)

Keep Luggage Off the Ground

Once you’ve determined that room is clear, you can bring your luggage out from the bathroom into your room. Even though you may think that you are clear if you didn’t see anything during your inspection, you still want to be careful. Keep all of your luggage off of the floors, preferably on a desk or table that can’t easily be climbed up on from the ground.

Inspecting Rental Cars for Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are hitchhikers and they love to travel. That means that they can also end up in rental cars and get into any items you may have stored in the trunk or inside the car. After picking up your rental, do a quick sweep of the trunk, inside and tire areas to ensure there are no bed bugs hiding out in the rental. Check under spare tires as well for any remnants of past or present bed bug infestations.

Coming Home

Never assume that you came home bed-bug free. It’s always best to assume that you DID come home with bed bugs and get in the habit of handling your items as such upon arriving home. Some basic things to do when you’re coming home from your trip include:

Wash all your clothing in hot water. Even the clothing you didn’t wear. – If any bed bugs slipped in during any point of your trip, they will be killed during the wash.

Inspect Your Luggage Outside Your Home

Before bringing your luggage into your home, do a thorough inspection outside with a flashlight and a keen eye. The last thing you want to do is bring a single bed bug into your home from not checking your luggage thoroughly. You’ll want to inspect all necessary parts of your suitcase where bed bugs may be hiding such as:

  • Seams and folds in your suitcase
  • Zipper pockets
  • Outside edges or crannies

Staying Alert

After following these basic steps and educating yourself on how to identify bed bugs and prevent them, you’ll be able to travel the world and have peace of mind knowing that your chances of bringing bed bugs home with you are very slim. Staying alert and being diligent in your efforts will ensure you have many safe travels that are free of bed bugs. Check out the infographic below that helps illustrate the bed bug prevention process. And of course for any bed bug related situations be sure to talk to an expert at Bug Guardian Pest Prevention for possible bed bug treatment options.

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Pest Prevention Tips for Peoria

Pests and rodents aren’t simply a nuisance – they can severely affect your health and the health of your family. This is why bug and insect prevention is critical in protecting homes, businesses, schools and any other place where human beings live, work or play from a pest infestation.

Here are some general tips to prevent household pests and rodents from entering your home:

  • Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home including entry points for utilities and pipes.
  • Keep tree branches and shrubbery well trimmed and away from the house.
  • Keep basements, attics, and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
  • Store garbage in sealed containers and dispose of it regularly.
  • Repair fascia and rotted roof shingles; some insects are drawn to deteriorating wood.
  • Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around basement foundation and windows.
  • Store fire wood at least 20 feet away from the house and five inches off the ground.
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Winning the Battle Against Roaches for Glendale Homeowners

Nothing gets a Glendale homeowner more worked up than seeing a cockroach scurrying along the kitchen baseboard, or darting around on a shelf in the pantry when the light is turned on. Cockroaches have earned a nasty reputation, and deservedly so, which precedes them.

Let’s be honest: any pest that has been around as long as the cockroach – more than 300 million years, according to some researchers – can develop some less-than-desirable habits, which include infesting homes in search of food, water, and shelter.

While no pest will win an award for its sanitation habits, cockroaches seem to go out of their way to travel in areas where human and animal waste, grease, stagnant water, and rotting food are present.

Cockroaches are nocturnal pests, and will hide in dark, warm areas, especially narrow spaces where surfaces touch them on both sides. Their ability to hide in very small spaces – in cracks as tight as 1/16-inch wide – can make them a challenge to control.

Cockroaches tend to congregate in corners and travel along the edges of walls or other surfaces. The most commonly encountered cockroaches in residential settings are the German and American cockroach, respectively.

The repulsion homeowners feel when they encounter a cockroach is trumped by the threat they pose to food safety. Cockroaches – especially the American cockroach, which comes into contact with human excrement in sewers or with pet droppings – can transmit bacteria such as Salmonella if they come in contact with food preparation or serving surfaces.

Not to be outdone, German cockroaches are believed to be capable of transmitting disease-causing organisms, including those that can cause staph infections and hepatitis. They also can spread dysentery.

Top Seven Cockroach Prevention Tips

  1. Keep kitchen counters, sinks, tables, floors, cabinets, and pantries clean and free of clutter.
  2. Clean dishes, crumbs, and spills right away – cockroaches love grease and waste.
  3. Store food in airtight containers where cockroaches cannot access it.
  4. Seal cracks or openings around home foundations and inside cabinets.
  5. Eliminate excess moisture buildup (i.e., a leaky faucet).
  6. Inspect packages, school backpacks, and laundry bins for signs of cockroaches (and other pests). Don’t be afraid to give items a good shake!
  7. Keep the landscape plants next to your house trimmed, and don’t use too much mulch, as it can provide an ideal harborage for cockroaches.

Remember, if your home has a problem with cockroaches, call Bug Guardian Pest Prevention

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Tips to Keep Your Anthem Home Flea & Tick Free

February  marks the beginning of warmer weather in Anthem, Arizona but with that warm weather comes more pests. Today we are specifically talking about Fleas & Ticks and how to protect your dogs and cats from them.

These are the best way to keep your furry family members free of unwanted fleas & ticks:

  • Providing a balanced diet with real food to keep the immune system vital and strong.
  • Bathing and brushing your dog regularly and doing nose-to-tail body checks when you come in from outside. If you recall from previous posts, this is also a great way to check your dog for any signs of new bumps, lumps or other tender spots.
  • Steering clear of old, stagnant water and any areas which have been treated with chemicals of any sort in both your own yard and the areas you run your dog,
  • Using natural pest deterrents, some of which are described above.
  • Being prepared with both the tools and the knowledge of how to safely remove a tick if you do find one. The traditional way is still the best, using tweezers or a tick remover tool. Other methods which promote using a match, petroleum jelly or swivel methods of making the tick ‘dizzy’ are not as reliable and may actually cause the tick to burrow deeper or leave parts still attached. As always, if in doubt, consult your vet.

If you find that you’re having an infestation of fleas and ticks at your Anthem home feel free to call Bug Guardian Pest Prevention today!

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Tips to Keep Your Anthem Home Flea & Tick Free

February  marks the beginning of warmer weather in Anthem, Arizona but with that warm weather comes more pests. Today we are specifically talking about Fleas & Ticks and how to protect your dogs and cats from them.

These are the best way to keep your furry family members free of unwanted fleas & ticks:

  • Providing a balanced diet with real food to keep the immune system vital and strong.
  • Bathing and brushing your dog regularly and doing nose-to-tail body checks when you come in from outside. If you recall from previous posts, this is also a great way to check your dog for any signs of new bumps, lumps or other tender spots.
  • Steering clear of old, stagnant water and any areas which have been treated with chemicals of any sort in both your own yard and the areas you run your dog,
  • Using natural pest deterrents, some of which are described above.
  • Being prepared with both the tools and the knowledge of how to safely remove a tick if you do find one. The traditional way is still the best, using tweezers or a tick remover tool. Other methods which promote using a match, petroleum jelly or swivel methods of making the tick ‘dizzy’ are not as reliable and may actually cause the tick to burrow deeper or leave parts still attached. As always, if in doubt, consult your vet.

If you find that you’re having an infestation of fleas and ticks at your Anthem home feel free to call Bug Guardian Pest Prevention today!

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