Tips for preventing bed bugs from coming to your home:
For hotel stays: The best advice is don’t go! All kidding aside, the second best suggestion is to take as few items into the hotel room as necessary. This may sound inconvenient to keep the majority of your belongings in your vehicle if possible, but infesting your home with bed bugs is far more inconvenient, not to mention far more expensive. A simple google search of bed bug preventive tips will give you dozens, even hundreds of suggestions when staying at hotels. Many times these suggestions will conflict with one another.
The best way to prevent bringing bed bugs home is by understanding them a little better. First, bed bugs are hitch-hikers. To understand how they hitch-hike and ultimately prevent them from doing so, here are some basic habits of bed bugs.
They are crack & crevice dwelling insects.
The cracks & crevices they rest in are going to be near their feeding sites first and foremost & secondly, near the point at which they may have been dropped off. For their feeding sites, this would be any place near where humans will be sitting or laying either at rest or while sleeping during evening hours. Example: Cracks & crevices in the following areas - couches, reclining chairs, beds and floors. Points at which they’ve been dropped off would include: Same areas as above plus virtually any other place in a hotel room.
After coming out of hiding areas to feed upon you, they will go back to cracks & crevices where they were staying and/or new cracks & crevices that are more convenient. What this means is, for example if you are sleeping on a bed and you lay articles of clothing, electronics such as Gameboys, etc., DVD & CD cases, books, etc. on the bed or night stands next to the bed, they can crawl into those items after feeding & then when you take those items home, you take the bed bugs with you.
In the case of bed bugs that have been dropped off from someone else’s infested items into and on furniture in a hotel, such as dressers, table, chairs, beds, etc., these bed bugs are going to try to make their way to where people are spending their evening hours resting and sleeping. So it you put your items down on these areas, bed bugs trying to migrate from the previous occupants’ items can inadvertently crawl into your items and again when you take your items home, you take the bed bugs with you.
So as you can see there potentially is no safe place in a hotel room to lay your items down at night. However, the most risky place is always going to be on, under or directly adjacent to beds and in hotels with micro living rooms in them; on, under or around couches or reclining chairs. So this is why the best advice and safest course of action is not to bring a lot of things in with you.
Tips for prevention
Box elder bugs and Ladybugs are what we call occasional invaders.The do not live and breed in the home. In the fall of the year, they are attracted to the sunny exposed sides of our homes, buildings, trees, waste piles, etc. They crawl into cracks & crevices of these areas in an attempt to survive the winter. When winter is over all those that have survived will eventually migrate back out into the wooded areas, as their primary food source(s) are outside (in the case of box elder bugs, they feed mainly on the female box elder tree, but will also feed on bushes/shrubs and other trees).
The best way to control these invaders is to treat the exterior of the house and around window & door frames from inside to kill them in the fall of the year, when they migrate to the home, looking for a place to overwinter. A springtime treatment may be desired if the house has not been treated the previous fall. Once the house has been treated in the fall, future springtime treatments are usually not necessary.
Average treatment costs are $150.00, depending on the size of the house. Watch our website for fall specials for additional savings!
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