It’s vacation season! Over 600 million trips will be taken this summer, and not all of them will be taken by people! Bed bugs travel all year, but they really get around in the summer. If you are taking a trip and staying in hotels this summer, the last thing you want is to bring bed bugs home with you. Here are some important things to watch for in any hotel in order to avoid these pests.

Put your luggage in the bathroom

  • Bedbugs are least likely to show up in the bathroom, because there aren’t as many hiding places. They like to be close to where people sleep, and they don’t like tile. That means you should stow your luggage in the bathroom until you check the room over.

Check the bed

  • The bed is the most important part of the room to check, because bedbugs like to live close to sleeping people. Pull back the sheets all the way down to the mattress. Check around and under the mattress as well as behind the headboard. The bugs themselves are as big as an apple seed, and you may see them in the corners or seams. However, it is more likely you will signs of their presence instead. Look for pepper-like black dots and brown bloodstains. Bedbugs excrete where they eat, and it is usually their biggest giveaway. If you see anything suspicious, alert the hotel staff immediately. You’ll be glad your luggage is in the bathroom!

If you bring bedbugs home, you’re not alone. Contact Armor Pest Control for help. We are proud to be Maryland’s best pest control company.

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