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The Unwanted Holiday Guest

November 30, 2018


Typically when the holidays roll around, we choose with whom we want to spend time. We travel to visit family or we invite friends into our home to share a meal or the weekend. Perhaps, on occasion, we might spend the holidays with people we don’t particularly care for, but this is usually a time of year for celebrating the blessings of family and friends.

bed bug after a meal

 
However, there are some guests that may show up uninvited and unannounced this time of year. They may come in quietly, not making themselves known. They might not even show themselves the entire holiday season and you could be none-the-wiser about their arrival. At some point, though, they will make themselves known. When they do, you will not be at all happy about their visit.

Who are these unwanted guests? Bed bugs.

How Bed Bugs Infest Your Home

Bed bugs are most active during hot and humid summer months. However, whenever there’s an increase in travel, there is often an increase in bed bug infestations. This happens because bed bugs are excellent travelers. It’s unlikely that they’ll invade your lawn and get into your home on their own, like many other pests. Instead, they’ll hitch a ride on the clothing, bags, and luggage of the people whose homes they’ve already infested and ride along to wherever those people go. Bed bugs may also end up on your clothing, bags, or luggage if you stay in a house or hotel that is infested and you may end up bringing them home with you.

How to Prevent Bed Bugs from Infesting Your Home

If you are planning to entertain guests for the holidays, or if you’re planning to travel, you may want to take the following precautions to ensure you don’t end up with a post-holiday bed bug infestation:

  • First, make sure you don’t already have a bed bug problem. Check your mattresses and around your headboard and footboard for signs of these tiny bugs. Look for the bugs themselves, plus their casings and eggs. Check your sheets and pillows for small red dots of blood that they leave behind after a meal. Also check for small, dark brown streaks that could be their waste. Another indication of bed bugs, and often the first one you notice, is the presence of bites on your skin. These markings will appear small and red, and are often grouped together or in an uneven line on parts of your body that were exposed while you were sleeping.
  • If you have visitors into your home, after they depart thoroughly check the room where they stayed for all the signs mentioned above.
  • If you are traveling, check the room where you are staying before you bring your bags inside. Even if everything looks okay, keep your luggage up off the floor.
  • Upon returning home, check all of your belongings carefully before bringing them into your house. Wash all clothing on a hot water cycle before putting it away.

What to Do if You Have an Infestation

Bed bugs can be tricky to identify because they are small and sneaky. If you discover them in your home, the best thing you can do is immediately call the pest professionals at Nozzle Nolen Pest Solutions.

Bed bugs are difficult to eliminate through DIY methods for several reasons. They can hide deep within your walls, making it difficult to kill them all, and many have become pesticide-resistant. Plus, pesticides leave residue on your belongings that can be harmful to your family’s health.

Nozzle Nolen can identify where the bed bugs are hiding and completely eradicate them with the use of our highly effective and completely safe heat treatments.

Say no to unwanted guests this holiday season. You’ll be glad you did.




 

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