Most of our kids here in St. George, UT went back to school this week. This annual event signified the end of summer, and the end of our summer vacation travels. Whether we vacationed at Disneyland, at a resort hotel in nearby Las Vegas, or at one of the beautiful national parks here in southern Utah, the risk of bringing home those pesky bedbugs was always a worry… Or at least it should have been.
Bedbug infestations are increasing at exponential rates—some reports say as much as 75% from this same time last year. The Bedbug Crisis Hotline has increased ten fold in the last 6 months.
Now that our summer vacations have ended, and the kids are back in school, we can start thinking about our holiday travel plans. Many of us will be staying at hotels while visiting friends and family in other parts of the country. Plan on taking a few bedbug precautions before, during, and after your trip so you don’t have any of these bloodsucking hitchhikers come home with you.
Bedbug Prevention Tips
- Check the beds, mattresses, headboards, sheets, and chairs for any evidence of bedbugs. They look like a flat seed that is reddish-brown in color.
- If you suspect bedbugs, change hotel rooms to a room as far away from the infestation as possible. You may also think about changing hotels as well.
- Keep luggage on luggage racks, or in the middle of the bathroom floor.
- Use suitcases with hard protective coverings and wrap them in plastic.
- Keep small bags and purses on your lap when in taxis, planes, or trains
- Wash luggage upon your arrival home with a garment steam cleaner.
- Wash and dry your vacation clothing immediately when you get home.
- If you do happen to bring bedbugs home with you while on vacation, contact a pest control professional immediately!
General Pest Control
56 North 500 East
St. George, UT 84770
Western Pest Control
321 North Mall Drive
St. George, UT 84790
Source: Yahoo Travel