Its summertime which means that many people will be hitting the road for great summertime vacations. Some will fly, some will cruise, some will hop a train, and some will travel by car to places near and far. No matter where your destination is, you must always be on the lookout for the blood thirsty beast that attacks in the night…BED BUGS…are alive and well and looking forward to the summer travel season too!
Pest control professionals in Ocean County, NJ have already seen an upswing in bed bug related complaints as travelers returning home from their vacation travels have accidentally brought home the bloodsucking pests. Besides hotels, motels, planes, trains, and automobiles, bed bugs are also a problem for children who attend sports camps at college campuses, and summer camps throughout the United States.
While it is nearly impossible to completely avoid these little hitchhikers, there are some things you can do to try to keep bed bugs away from your home and family.
Before you travel you should check BedBug Registry. This free website lists bed bug reports in hotels and apartments in both the United States and Canada. To date they have collected approximately 20,000 bed bug reports from about 12,000 different locations. The BedBug Registry will soon be including the United Kingdom in their database of information as well. For those of you on the run and in need of information at your fingertips, you can purchase the BedBug Registry App from ITunes for $2.99.
As a reminder, bed bugs are not a sign of uncleanliness. Look for bed bugs when you travel, even in high priced hotels. Any establishment can be bed bug free one day and infested the next as bed bugs are hitchhikers and can fall off of a person or crawl out of their belongings anyplace.