So you have kept your house safe from pests during the summer and are now preparing for winter (For tips on preparing your house click the following link: Auburn Pest Control). Of course, with winter comes all the holidays, and that means travelling. While you may have managed to keep your own home bug free, it is very possible that you can pick up something while travelling and bring it into your home. Just because you are working to keep your home pest free, doesn’t mean that hotels are doing the same.

The holiday season generally means travelling. Whether you hate it or love it, many of us will be leaving our own homes to spend the holidays with our friends and families. It’s a very fun time of the year.

With a little bit of work on your part, you can be sure you don’t bring home any pests you find along the way. The primary concern when travelling to hotels is bed bugs.

Because of the habits of bed bugs and the methods of the hotels, it may not be obvious that your hotel room has bed bugs. They generally tend to hide out of the way when not feeding. The hotel staff replacing sheets everyday would also hide traces they may leave behind. Luckily, with just a few simple steps you can greatly reduce your risk of being bitten by bedbugs and also from taking them home with you.

When you first enter the hotel room check the bed. You will want to pull back the sheets and observe the mattress. Bed Bugs look similar to ticks. If you find bed bugs on the mattress, that is your cue to either leave the hotel or at least ask for another room. If you don’t see the bed bugs themselves, look for blood stains or dark stains from the fecal matter they leave behind. Also be sure to check the bottom of the mattress as it may have just been flipped it over to hide the stains.

If you don’t find anything you are probably good. However, you should also check the pillows and any chairs or sofas in the room for the same thing.

For more detailed information along with pictures, please see the following link: Bed Bugs

If you think you may have bed bugs in your home already, you can contact us here: Gold Miner Pest Control