November

22

2011

 
Don't Let Your Luggage Become Infested With Bed Bugs

When guests arrive, ask them to leave their luggage outside so that you can do a manual inspection for bed bugs.

According to the American Automobile Association, this coming Thanksgiving Day weekend will be one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. People will be hopping in their cars and heading to the airport to go and visit family and friends all across the country to celebrate Thanksgiving together. And because we’re in the lovely state of Hawaii, many folks in this state will be hosting family and friends from afar who will be looking to enjoy a beautiful and sunny Hawaiian Thanksgiving celebration. Sometimes, unbeknownst to the travelers, they pick up bed bugs along the way, and if they are coming to stay at your house, you could be the final destination for bed bugs! Sandwich Isle wants you to be able to enjoy your holiday season without bed bugs, so we’re offering you a few bed bug prevention tips to make sure your holiday visitors don’t bring these pests with them into your Hawaii home.

Bed Bug Prevention Tips From Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions

  1. When your guests arrive, ask them to leave their luggage outside of your home. Then you can do a manual bed bug inspection yourself. You want to look for little brown bugs, about the size of an apple seed, or signs of these bugs, which include reddish brown fecal spots and little white bed bug eggs.  If this seems like a daunting task, you can contact the professionals at Sandwich Isle to do it for you. Our Hawaii K9 scent detection dogs are professionally trained to discover bed bugs and their eggs, so that you can rest assured that any bed bugs that may be present are located. If you choose to do a manual inspection for bed bugs, you would need to remove all the items from the suitcase and thoroughly inspect all the clothing and personal belongings as well as the seams and pockets within the suitcase.

  2. You can purchase mattress encasements for the beds in your home to prevent any bed bugs that are brought into your home from taking up residence inside your mattresses. This is not a fool proof bed bug prevention method, as bed bugs don’t just hide inside beds: they can live anywhere as long as they have nighttime access to sleeping humans. They’ve been found behind electrical outlets, inside upholstered furniture, in bedside drawers and even inside that alarm clock next to the bed.

  3. If you locate bed bugs on any clothing, you can wash these items on the highest heat setting appropriate for the clothing material and dry for 30 minutes in a dryer. Bed bugs are heat sensitive and cannot survive at high heats, so this is one non-chemical method of bed bug extermination.

If you have employed all these prevention techniques and you still find that your visitors have brought in bed bugs, the best thing to do is contact the professionals at Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions for fast and discreet bed bug control services. Our trained bed bug technicians have the knowledge and tools to help you locate a bed bug infestation and get rid of it fast. To make sure that you have a very happy holiday season, it’s good to be proactive against possible bed bug invaders: contact Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions today for more information on what you can do to keep your home bed-bug free this holiday season!