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Tips To Avoid Bed Bugs This Thanksgiving

November 22, 2017

bed bug crawling across a bed

Each year when the calendar turns to November, the excitement for the holiday season begins to grow in our hearts and minds.  For many of us, this is our favorite time of the year as we gather with friends and family to celebrate some truly fabulous holidays during what may otherwise be a bleak time of the year. Among these is Thanksgiving, a favorite for many! Thanksgiving is a great time to see loved ones and catch up on all that has been happening while you have been apart. Plus, the turkey, stuffing, and all the fixings are well worth the trip home! Whether you travel across the street, across town, or across the country, there’s nothing quite like going home. But, there is one thing that could place a damper on all the festivity! Imagine the stress and embarrassment if you were to bring bed bugs home for the holidays. With the recent resurgence of these sneaky little pests across the country, this wouldn’t be so hard to do; and I am certain that it is not exactly the impression you would like to make when you see your family for the first time in months or years.

The best way to avoid bed bugs as you travel is to arm yourself with knowledge. There are many fallacies out there regarding bed bugs that many people think are factual beginning with the tale that bed bugs will only infest dirty, unkempt places. The fact is that bed bugs will infest any home, business, or mode of transportation that offers them access to their favorite food source – human blood. That’s right! Bed bugs can be hanging out anywhere that people frequent, including but not limited to: hospitals, laundry mats, hotels, malls, dorms, schools, day-cares, buses, trains, and planes. They can even be secretly stowed away at grandma’s house or in your best friend’s guest room!

Another fallacy that many people hold as truth is the thought that bed bugs will only infest beds. The truth is that bed bugs can infest just about anything that offers them a place to tuck into; and since these bugs are only about a quarter inch, it doesn’t take a very big seam, crack, or nook for them to be happy. Some of their favorite haunts include sofas, recliners, closets, dresser drawers, and beds (of course!); but they can also hang out inside televisions, gaming equipment, or your computer. They can even be found behind the electrical outlets in the wall or in the cracks of hardwood floors. It is also important to note that bed bugs do not jump, and they cannot fly. They move from place to place simply by climbing into your luggage, purse, or other bag and hitching a ride. They can also sneak onto your shoe or tuck into your pant leg. Your hat, scarf, and gloves provide transportation possibilities as well. They are actually avid travelers, and they do it without paying a dime!

As you travel this Thanksgiving, make sure to be on the lookout for bed bugs wherever you go. Look for a 1/4 inch reddish-brown bug that resembles an apple seed with legs. Noticing their shed skin casings is another indication that bed bugs are present, as is finding small red blood droplets or small brown fecal droppings on beds, furniture, and other soft areas. Finally, be suspicious of bug bites that seem to appear on you or your loved ones – especially if you can’t explain them some other way. Bed bug bites will resemble mosquito bites except that they may be in a grouping or in a linear pattern rather than appearing as single bites.

If you live here in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens or elsewhere in South Florida and you happen to come in contact with bed bugs and bring them home for the holidays, make sure that you contact the bed bug experts here at Nozzle Nolen at the first sign. We utilize heat treatments, structural fumigation, conventional methods, or a combination of services to ensure that bed bugs are quickly and discreetly eliminated. No matter what size your home or business, the bed bug experts here at Nozzle Nolen have the tools and the technology to take care of all stages of bed bugs in your South Florida home or business, allowing you to feel confident in leaving the house this Thanksgiving, and comfortable with returning home.


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