You have scrimped and saved and worked hard for all those years just so you could take your dream vacation on Maui. You planned and pinched and researched to make sure that your trip will be everything you always dreamed it would be, and the last thing that you want to do is bring an unwelcomed guest home with you when you return. Keeping bed bugs from hitchhiking back to your home with you is not as easy as it may sound. Here are the top five ways you can avoid these bugs while in Maui.
Know what they look like. Bed bugs go through five instars (stages) in their development. The eggs are very tiny and white to opaque in color. They are so tiny, in fact, that they are about the size of the period at the end of this sentence. Eggs are the most difficult to spot. You should do a thorough examination of your belongings with a flashlight. Adult bed bugs are typically around ¼” long and a reddish brown color. They resemble a small seed with legs. Bed bugs do not have wings. During the other stages of development, bed bugs are basically smaller versions of the adult.
Know what their bites look like. The bite of a bed bug resembles that of a mosquito, except mosquito bites are usually singular welts. Bed bugs bite several times in the same general area so you may wind up with a few bites in a line or in a small group. Also, they are very messy eaters and will leave small blood droplets on your sheets, pillow cases, and clothes.
Know their habits. Bed bugs are nocturnal. You will not typically see them crawling around during the day, but it’s not unheard of. Also, bed bugs are not attracted to filth, as had previously been thought. These bugs are looking for one thing – a meal; and it just so happens that they eat human blood. Bed bugs do not fly or jump, but instead, they travel from place to place by hitching a ride on some unsuspecting passerby.
Know their habitats. Bed bugs live anywhere that people frequent. They are found on planes, busses, trains, and in taxi cabs. You can also pick them up in hotels, motels, condos, libraries, schools, dorms, hospitals, and any other place where people congregate and travel.
Know where they hide. Bed bugs are not just found in beds. They can be hiding out in other furniture like couches and chairs too. They will hide away in electronics such as stereo units, computers, and televisions. They will stow away in wall voids and electrical outlets, and will sneak into purses, bags, and luggage.
Maui is a great place to visit, and it is well worth all the sacrifices you have made over the years to make it your dream vacation destination. You can make it a true trip of a lifetime and leave bed bugs behind if you take the time to be diligent and make sure that you check your surroundings and follow these tips from your friends here at Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions.