5-21-2015–How to Survive Vacation Season Without Bed Bugs

State pest association provides tips for enjoying a summer vacation without bringing home itchy guests

Raleigh, N.C. — Vacation season is quickly approaching, and the North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA) urges North Carolinians to be vigilant in preventing the spread of bed bugs while on vacation and at summer camps.

“Many people don’t realize that bed bugs can be anywhere, especially in overnight camps, dorms, hotels or vacation rental properties. With vacation season right around the corner, we are urging people to take steps to prevent the spread of these pests,” said Chase Hazelwood, NCPMA board member and owner of Go-Forth Pest and Lawn in High Point.

Bed bugs are small insects that hide in small cracks and crevices close to a human environment.  They are often found in mattresses and upholstered furniture as well as behind baseboards, wallpaper and in furniture crevices. They can easily spread from room to room within a single building.

“Only pest management professionals can thoroughly treat bed bug infestations. If you suspect that you have a bed bug infestation, it is important to contact a professional pest management company immediately to prevent the problem from growing,” Hazelwood said.

There are several steps to help prevent bringing bed bugs into a home.  These steps are:

  • Vacuum suitcases after returning from a vacation, summer camp or dorm and throw away the vacuum bag or clean the canister. Wash all clothing from the suitcases in hot water.
  • Before sleeping in a bed at a hotel, rental property, camp or dorm, check the mattress, bed sheets, and headboard for tell-tale blood spots or signs of bed bugs. Carry a small flashlight to assist you with quick visual inspections.
  • If signs of bed bugs are spotted, alert the hotel or rental property staff. Each hotel or rental property should have a Bed Bug Management Plan in place to assist you as the problem is addressed.
  • Consider bringing a large plastic trash bag in which to store your suitcase during stays at hotels, rental properties, dorms or camps.
  • Inspect all second-hand furniture and mattresses thoroughly for bed bug signs before bringing them into your home.
  • Bed bugs are elusive creatures, so it is imperative to seek professional pest control to address an infestation. Trying to treat a problem without a professional can make the problem worse and more costly.

About the NCPMA

Founded in 1952, the North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA), is the trade association representing the professional pest management industry in North Carolina. NCPMA promotes the continued cooperation and success of all pest management businesses in North Carolina.  NCPMA is the only statewide association dedicated to representing and educating North Carolina’s pest management professionals.  To learn more about NCPMA, please visit http://www.ncpestmanagement.org.

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