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Avoiding Bed Bugs While Traveling This Spring

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Hawaii is one of the most beautiful and exotic spots to visit on the Earth, but it can't be all things to all people all the time. Sometimes our interests take us to other exotic locations. We may want to visit the Eiffel Tower or sample all that Paris has to offer. We may want to explore the Serengeti and see what a rhinoceros looks like up close. There are many places in the world that offer experiences that can't be had here. Are you planning to visit one of them? If you are, you should know that bed bugs are a worldwide pest. Whether you're planning a hunting expedition in Argentina, or a tour of the Northern Lights in Alaska, you should make bed bug prevention a part of your travel plans.

Three Tips To Detect Bed Bugs

  • The last thing you need on your vacation is to wake up with bed bug bites all over your body. Be sure to search your room before you spend the night. Inspect your mattress, box spring, and upholstered furniture in your room for black patches, black streaks, tiny black droppings, shed insect skins, brown blood stains, tiny white eggs, or the actual presence of bed bugs.

  • The last thing you want to do is bring these bugs back home with you. Be sure to protect yourself and your belongings while you're on vacation. It is always a good idea to keep your luggage elevated. Use the luggage stand, if one is provided, or put your luggage on a table when taking items out. Store your luggage high or in a plastic bag when you're not accessing your items. Refrain from leaving any clothing on the floor, draped over a chair, or lying on the bed.

  • Before you leave Hawaii, learn what an immature bed bug nymph looks like. Bed bugs can be in many places, besides hotels, resorts, and other accommodations. If you see a nymph feeding on your skin, it is vital that you recognize it. Nymphs have six legs and two antennae, just like adult bed bugs, but their skin will be pale to tan, instead of the rusty brown color of an adult. This skin is also transparent. If an immature nymph is feeding on you, you should see your bright red blood inside the insect.

No matter where you go, no matter how exotic (or cold), remember that bed bugs can be found in all 50 states, and in almost all tourist locations in the world. These are bugs that live almost exclusively inside human dwellings. They don't come in from the outside; they ride in on guests who've stayed where you are going to stay. Be cautious.

If bed bugs find their way back to your Hawaii home, call Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions for immediate assistance. We use the most advanced protocols for dealing with these tormenting pests.

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