Thanks to cable television, the internet, and social media, the world has gotten a lot smaller. We can socialize online with people throughout the world, and take virtual tours of many destination tourist attractions. But it’s no substitute for loading up the family into the car, and creating some new memories on a road trip! Whether it’s a trip to visit long-lost relatives, to visit a destination theme park, or maybe to just find an out of the way place to relax for a few days, those will be the stories that your children will one day tell to their children.

No family vacation is ever perfect. There will often be maintenance or service issues at hotels and restaurants, the weather can be uncooperative, and long car rides can create a lot of tension for even the most close-knit families in the world. And the last thing that you want to do is bring home bed bugs from your trip! Bed bugs are small brown predatory insects approximately ⅛” in size that feed on human blood, as well as pets. They do not carry any known communicable diseases, but if you’re unfortunate enough to sleep on furniture riddled with bed bugs, you can have several itchy days in your future.

Bed bugs occupy any place where large amounts of people sleep, and cleanliness is not always an effective deterrent. The important thing to remember is that when you check into a hotel, you should inspect the sheets and mattresses on all beds and sleeper sofas. You’re more likely to find droppings or bloodstains than live bugs. If you see any activity, ask for another room, or move to a new hotel.

After you’re checked in, be sure to store your luggage on the rack provided in your room, avoid leaving your linens on the floor, and inspect the corners of your suitcase before you pack up. And once you get home, wash everything in your suitcase with the hottest water you can.

The Bug Man is standing by to help you with all of your bed bug control needs! If you have any questions about treatment of bed bugs, or would like to schedule bed bug treatment,contact us online, or at 501-663-9464.