Bed Bug Season is almost upon us. Bed bugs can affect anybody! Take for instance Cleveland Cavalier’s starting point guard Kyrie Irving. During an away game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Irving was held to just nine minutes of playing time because of an unfortunate encounter with bed bugs in an Oklahoma City hotel the night before.
There are two things we can learn from Irving’s unlucky rendezvous with the Oklahoma bed bugs: firstly, bed bugs are incredibly inclusive. It doesn’t matter if you’re a multi-million dollar basketball player, or a blue-collar father of two — they will bite you. And secondly, bed bug infestations can frequently be found in hotels across the nation.
With warmer spring and summer temperatures on the way, the so-called “bed bug season,” is ahead of us. A big reason for the rise in bed bug cases during the warm temperature months is in part because people are more likely to travel during this time of the year, than others. Noting that, the best way to prevent your home from experiencing an infestation, is to be proactive while on your summer road trips.
Here are some ways to stop infestation:
• Inspect your hotel room before unpacking any luggage. Look at the mattress seams and box springs for any signs of bed bugs. Though bed bugs are visible to the naked eye, they are expert hiders so be thorough with your search. And, contrary to what you may think (and what Irving may have thought) bed bugs don’t just set up shop at discount hotels – they can be found anywhere.
• Refrain from putting clothes into a hotel dresser, another popular bed bug dwelling because of the dark, cool environment
• Keep suitcases and luggage elevated and off the floor. While many associate bed bugs with only invading the bed, they can often be found in the carpet as well
• Upon returning from your trip, inspect your suitcase thoroughly for signs of bed bugs. This is one of the most likely was to spread an infestation to your home. If you detect an infestation, get the luggage out of the home immediately and either throw it away or thoroughly wash any clothing inside at the highest wash temperature available.
Another way to protect your home from bed bugs is by purchasing and installing a protective mattress cover, which eliminates hiding spots and can help you detect an infestation early. Keeping bed bug-hiding clutter to a minimum and making sure your home is properly sealed from the outside (especially if you live in an apartment complex) are other ways to avoid an infestation.
If you do find that you have a bed bug problem, it’s important to note that these pests are among the hardest to treat. There are home remedies and generic pest controls you can purchase at your local hardware store, but the best way to eradicate the problem is to call in the professionals. The bed bug season will be here soon, click to find out more information on Residential Bed Bug Treatment or Commercial Bed Bug treatment from Platinum Pest Solutions.
As professionals, we have access to chemicals and other methods, not available to you, that will offer the best extermination methods. For more information on beg bugs, or to enlist the help of a professional to inspect your home, contact Platinum Pest Solutions today.
And as always we NEVER charge for an inspection!