Bed Bugs Taking Advantage of Spring Travel
April 20, 2018
Spring is a very active time of the year for traveling…with spring break and warmer weather, people are planning trips to get a break from the long winter and to enjoy some rest and relaxation. It’s a busy time of year for residents of Florida—both those that are leaving to do some traveling themselves and those that stay behind. Florida is a popular vacation destination, drawing in families who take their children to amusement parks and college students hitting the beaches for spring break. The bad news is that when the number of people traveling across the U.S. increases, so does the number of bed bugs.
Bed bugs are what we call “professional hitchhikers,” and with so many people traveling, that gives bed bugs the opportunity to spread from person to person. They are easily transported in luggage and clothing and commonly invade hotel rooms and mattresses. One of the best things that you can do, especially as a homeowner, is to be proactive and aware of what to keep your eye out for while traveling. It can be really helpful to be able to accurately identify a bed bug problem when you come across one.
If you can imagine the size of an apple seed, that is how big an adult bed bug is. So, usually less than 1/4 of an inch long. They are brown and flat except after feeding when they swell up and become more round. The nymphs are smaller than the adults, white/yellow in color and their eggs are about the size of a pinhead and white. It’s not very likely that seeing the actual bed bugs will be your first sign of an infestation. Some of the most prominent signs are small blood stains on sheets, mattresses, and other hiding locations. Bed bugs are excellent hiders and are often found in small, dark places such as mattress rims, under carpets and in furniture. Another common sign is bed bug bites that are swollen, red areas that may itch. Everyone's reaction to bed bugs bites is different: some people don’t show any redness or itching whereas others itch so intensely that they experience a skin infection from excessive scratching.
It’s extremely important for Florida residents—those who are traveling for spring break or those sticking around during the peak tourist season—to be informed of the signs of bed bugs. This is true when it comes to prevention, too. You can be proactive by regularly checking your clothing and bags; avoid setting coats and bags on floors in public places, and avoid as much physical contact as possible with other people in crowded spaces.
If you are concerned about a bed bug problem, residents of Florida should contact Nozzle Nolen for help from the professionals. We would be happy to evaluate your infestation and determine the right course of action that fits your unique situation—as well as your budget. Here at Nozzle Nolen, we know bed bugs can’t stand the heat. We use heat treatments that reach high enough temperatures to eliminate an infestation completely. We can also use structural fumigation and more conventional bed bug treatments if needed. “Don’t let the bed bugs bite”, contact Nozzle Nolen today!
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