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Bed Bug-Proofing Your Luggage: Travel Tips for Pest-Free Journeys To And From Providence

close up of a bed bug

We love traveling. What we do not love is traveling with the risk of bed bugs. Sadly, this is not always easily avoidable. These little bugs hide all over the place. They could be in any bed that you choose to sleep in while on vacation and in many more sneaky areas.

To make sure you will not bring bed bugs back to your Providence home with you this season, here are some things to consider about these pests. Call our team at Encon LLC if you think these bugs are already inside your home. We will find out what you are up against and offer an advanced option for bed bug removal to help you find freedom from these pests.

The Bed Bug Lifecycle: Insights Into How These Pests Can Latch On

You will not always pick up adult bed bugs when traveling. There are also many opportunities for you to pick up these bugs as larvae or even eggs. Lots of items can hide these younger stages of development. We will talk about these items in just a bit.

First, let’s talk about how fast these pests reproduce. It takes a bed bug just over a month to develop from an egg through five stages of nymphal instars in order to reach adulthood. This means you might bring home a delayed bed bug infestation. One way to avoid this is to wash all of your used clothing on high heat immediately after returning home from time spent away.

Isolating And Inspecting Luggage After Returning From Travel

Bed bugs will not take over your home until you bring them indoors. If you are returning from time spent away, your priority should be isolating items these pests might be hiding on. Start by leaving your luggage outdoors, such as on a balcony or on your covered porch. Next, check your items for live bed bugs. Adults are ¼” long, reddish-brown, and have oval-shaped bodies.

If you see any of these pests within your belongings, you have two options. The first is to leave that item outdoors for a bit. If it is especially hot or cold out, these bugs will pass away quickly. Some pest control companies offer spot treatments for bed bugs to isolate items that are infested. This is a far cheaper way to deal with these pests. Talk with our team to learn about our bed bug control options.

Electronic Gadgets And Bed Bug Risks: Unconventional Hiding Spots

One of the oddest things about bed bugs is that they often hide inside electronics. This makes preventing these pests especially difficult as it is not easy to take apart a TV, child's toy, or any other similar device.

The best thing you can do here is to check these items for common signs of bed bugs, like fecal droppings, shed skin, and eggs. If you see anything that concerns you, leave the item outdoors.

What To Do If You Suspect Bed Bugs Have Hitched A Ride

Dealing with bed bugs is a huge pain. If you think these pests are around or have questions about our control services, start a dialog with our team. We will share with you all of our methods for bed bug extermination and help you navigate combatting these bugs within your home.

If you just got back from vacation and would like our help making sure these pests are not hanging around on your luggage, we would be happy to offer our assistance. Call Encon LLC to learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment for your Providence home.