Get rid of bedbugs now!

Travel Experience | | April 19, 2011 at 12:05 am




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With the creepy comeback of the bugs (not the computer ones, but the ones that disturb you in your booked room or on the road), it is necessary to know as to how to enjoy a pest-free holiday so that you do not carry back home those irritating pest-dominated moments. These bedbugs are now back into US and are seen everywhere in hotels, department stores, and big famous buildings. As per the National Pest Management Association’s latest poll, more than 90% pest control firms have confirmed for 70% more bedbug influx in the past year as compared to the last decade. These irritators have all the power to spoil your vacation by inducing itchy, red swellings on the skin enough to make you think as to whether you should remain in your room or on the road.

Fortunately, a bit of proactiveness can surely save you from all these hurdles that look small, but are literally not! Your memorable holiday despite of bugs is just a step away until you implement the precautionary measures for minimizing the risks on the road as well as at night. But before these tips, you should know about how these bugs look like. Well, these bugs are without the wings and can be as long as 7 millimeters or can be as small as just 1 millimeter. They are mostly oval shaped, creatures in reddish brown whose fecal droppings include the black or brown spots, discarded skins, and the miniature lucid eggs.

However, some smartness such as careful packing as well as total room inspection can lead you to a good sleeping night. Here are some tips that have been released by the American Hotel & Lodging Association as well as the Integrated Pest Management Program (New York). You can catch hold of the latest updates at the www.ahla.com and www.nysimp.cornell.edu respectively.

Tips for packing

Avoid carrying a hard-shelled case that come with some layers or folds – the best place for the bugs to reside. Rather consider a sealable plastic bag to pack your things like shoes, toiletries, and wears. Doing so will make you considerate of opening the bags only when the items are needed. Even best would be to enclose your collection in a trash bag for avoiding possible risks.

Tips for unpacking

Most of us have the habit of keeping our cases on the bed for a long time or the zipped bags on the floor for getting rid of a roaming infection. It is recommended to avoid this habit by placing your packs on the luggage rack where there are hardly any alcoves for the bedbugs to thrive.

Examining your room

It is a commonly known fact that the bedbugs love to remain in the crevices, ruffles, and folds of the most crowded places. And so, one such area is your hotel or hostel room or dorm. So, as soon as you enter, pull out the bed covers and check thoroughly under the pillows as well as linens, if needed, with a flashlight. Inspect all the sides and corners of the mattress, frames, box spring, under and around the lamps, desks, nightstands, drapes, and in the folds of upholstered furniture along with the rear of the wall hangings.

What if there is an epidemic?

First, avoid any kind of panic. Second, do not attempt to squash, as the count will be much beyond your reach of which many will be hidden. Instead, co-operate with the management of the hotel for the most effective solution. If you have decided to change your room, ensure that you do not select a room that is near, above, or below your current room that is infested. This is because the bedbugs tend to hide more easily in the neighboring areas through the luggage as well as wall sockets. Most of the hotels would normally have their own bedbug fact sheets. So, just go through them too. And yes, avoid using those sleep sacks as the bugs can even crawl through them, especially via the opening while you are napping.

After the trip at home

Perform a careful inspection of your luggage in the garage or in the outdoors to ensure that you are not carrying the bugs as souvenirs. While doing so, be far from the sleeping areas as well as the furniture. As a suggestion, do so in your bathtub or balcony as the bugs find it hard to wander on the flat surfaces and that they can be easily spotted amidst the brightness. Also, check your pockets, linings, and clothes and wash them even if you have not used them. And yes, do let them dry for at least half an hour. This will set your home intentionally pest free from the unintentionally carried bugs.

With the creepy comeback of the bugs (not the computer ones, but the ones that disturb you in your booked room or on the road), it is necessary to know as to how to enjoy a pest-free holiday so that you do not carry back home those irritating pest-dominated moments. These bedbugs are now back into US and are seen everywhere in hotels, department stores, and big famous buildings. As per the National Pest Management Association’s latest poll, more than 90% pest control firms have confirmed for 70% more bedbug influx in the past year as compared to the last decade. These irritators have all the power to spoil your vacation by inducing itchy, red swellings on the skin enough to make you think as to whether you should remain in your room or on the road.

Fortunately, a bit of proactiveness can surely save you from all these hurdles that look small, but are literally not! Your memorable holiday despite of bugs is just a step away until you implement the precautionary measures for minimizing the risks on the road as well as at night. But before these tips, you should know about how these bugs look like. Well, these bugs are without the wings and can be as long as 7 millimeters or can be as small as just 1 millimeter. They are mostly oval shaped, creatures in reddish brown whose fecal droppings include the black or brown spots, discarded skins, and the miniature lucid eggs.

However, some smartness such as careful packing as well as total room inspection can lead you to a good sleeping night. Here are some tips that have been released by the American Hotel & Lodging Association as well as the Integrated Pest Management Program (New York). You can catch hold of the latest updates at the www.ahla.com and www.nysimp.cornell.edu respectively.

Tips for packing

Avoid carrying a hard-shelled case that come with some layers or folds – the best place for the bugs to reside. Rather consider a sealable plastic bag to pack your things like shoes, toiletries, and wears. Doing so will make you considerate of opening the bags only when the items are needed. Even best would be to enclose your collection in a trash bag for avoiding possible risks.

Tips for unpacking

Most of us have the habit of keeping our cases on the bed for a long time or the zipped bags on the floor for getting rid of a roaming infection. It is recommended to avoid this habit by placing your packs on the luggage rack where there are hardly any alcoves for the bedbugs to thrive.

Examining your room

It is a commonly known fact that the bedbugs love to remain in the crevices, ruffles, and folds of the most crowded places. And so, one such area is your hotel or hostel room or dorm. So, as soon as you enter, pull out the bed covers and check thoroughly under the pillows as well as linens, if needed, with a flashlight. Inspect all the sides and corners of the mattress, frames, box spring, under and around the lamps, desks, nightstands, drapes, and in the folds of upholstered furniture along with the rear of the wall hangings.

What if there is an epidemic?

First, avoid any kind of panic. Second, do not attempt to squash, as the count will be much beyond your reach of which many will be hidden. Instead, co-operate with the management of the hotel for the most effective solution. If you have decided to change your room, ensure that you do not select a room that is near, above, or below your current room that is infested. This is because the bedbugs tend to hide more easily in the neighboring areas through the luggage as well as wall sockets. Most of the hotels would normally have their own bedbug fact sheets. So, just go through them too. And yes, avoid using those sleep sacks as the bugs can even crawl through them, especially via the opening while you are napping.

After the trip at home

Perform a careful inspection of your luggage in the garage or in the outdoors to ensure that you are not carrying the bugs as souvenirs. While doing so, be far from the sleeping areas as well as the furniture. As a suggestion, do so in your bathtub or balcony as the bugs find it hard to wander on the flat surfaces and that they can be easily spotted amidst the brightness. Also, check your pockets, linings, and clothes and wash them even if you have not used them. And yes, do let them dry for at least half an hour. This will set your home intentionally pest free from the unintentionally carried bugs.

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