While beds may be ground zero or common ground for these pesky blood-seeking insects, they can be found almost anywhere people and animals live and sleep, including hospitals, airplanes, movie theaters, apartment buildings, hotels, motels, cruise ships and even department stores or doctors’ offices. At the end of the day the last thing you want to worry about as you crawl into bed is what else might be crawling into your mattress.
Notoriously hard to detect, bed bugs hide in bed frames, mattresses, box springs, clothing, luggage, furniture, and book bindings, as well as behind baseboards and under wallpaper. They are difficult to eradicate, and don’t have a preference for dirty or clean areas.
Tabor will conduct a thorough bed bug inspection of your home and business. If an infestation is found, we will design a comprehensive plan for bed bug control. Effective bed bug control is crucial, and our professional exterminators get the job done right.
Anyone can get bed bugs. If you travel or have guests stay with you you’re at risk. They will hitch a ride in luggage, backpacks, on clothing, or in shoes as you travel from place to place. Bed bugs are impartial snackers, feeding on any warm body regardless of status or cleanliness. Even the most expensive hotels are reporting bed bug problems.
Red itchy welts on your skin are the most obvious signs that you have been bitten by a bed bug. A red dot with a lighter red ring around it is also a tell-tale sign.
On bed linens, check for small reddish-brown dots, signs of droppings and blood spots. You may find eggs or molted skin on bed linens or the mattress, but the bed bugs themselves are often hard to see. They typically only come out at night, when you may spot a small reddish oval shaped bug about the size of an apple seed. In severe cases with a heavy infestation, a sweet smelling buggy odor may be noticeable.
Check the seams and backs of airline seats and movie theater seats before sitting. Keep purses and backpacks off the floor and store your carry-on bags in the overhead compartment whenever possible.
When traveling, thoroughly inspect your hotel room before unpacking. Look on the sheets, around the mattress, and behind the headboard and box springs for signs of bed bugs. Place luggage on dressers to avoid taking stowaways home with you. Keep suitcases, brief cases and computers closed when not in use.
When you arrive home, check your luggage and belongings again to make sure you did not take any bed bugs home with you. Wash all clothing in hot water. You can even vacuum out luggage as an extra precaution.