Posted on | June 26, 2012 | 2 Comments
Since bedbugs are quite mobile and they move around a lot, finding new places to hide, getting rid of them completely is not always easy. When it comes to prevention it can be just as hard, especially if you sleep in beds that are not your own on a regular basis. Whether we’re talking about apartments for rent, motel rooms, cruise ships or hotels, their occupants change on a regular basis and bed bugs sometimes just can’t be avoided. If you have the bed luck of sleeping in a room that was infested by chinches, chances are that you will take them home and your own bedroom will become infested as well.
The one thing you can do to try and prevent taking these insects home is to take a look at the mattress of the hotel room bed and at the head board, making sure there are no signs of these pests around. The presence of bed bugs is not that hard to figure out, the tougher part being getting rid of them. If you notice any droppings left behind by chinches in areas like the head board or the mattress seams or creases, you will know that they are around.
One of the ways that are most common when it comes to getting bedbugs is by purchasing furniture, bedding or beds that are used. Since these parasites will travel with them to your house, you should always examine the furniture closely before buying it. Do everything in your power to prevent taking bed bugs home, especially if you go to a country where they are known to be a common problem. You can’t always control the quality of the hotel rooms you are in and even the luxury ones can have insects in them if you’re extremely unlucky, so what’s left is to make sure you don’t help them hitch a ride to your own home.
There are some things you can do to make sure bed bugs don’t travel with you. One of the easiest ways of protecting the luggage is by keeping it in a big garbage bag, which is easy to take with you. The clothes that are taken out of the luggage should be placed in bags that can be sealed, so the chinch bugs can’t get in. These bedbugs can get in the compartments and creases of the luggage if given even the smallest chance, so it doesn’t always work to simply keep it zipped up.
If you do end up in a room with bedbugs, you need to make sure they remain there. You should not take anything inside the house until you’re sure it’s fully disinfected. Getting those clothes in the dryer will usually kill all the chinches.
The prevention of bed bug infestation is not easy, but if you’re aware of their presence in your hotel room it’s much easier to get rid of them. If you want to be completely sure, you can even throw away the clothes you have with you, or you can simply steam them outside the house, not taking them inside until they’re fully cleaned.