Bed bugs or their eggs can get into clothing, furniture or luggage which then gets transported wherever these items go. As they are so small and like to hide in cracks and crevices during the day, it can be very easy for bed bugs to move into your home or hotel.
Bedbugs usually enter a property by being carried on clothing or inside furniture.
The most common source of bedbugs is to stay at a hotel with an infestation. Bedbugs or their eggs get into clothing or suitcases and are then transported home.
If there are any signs of bedbugs when staying at a hotel, particularly being bitten when sleeping or seeing blood spots on sheets, take great care in bringing your personal belongings home.
Consult with hotel management to assess the risk - it may be necessary to launder, fumigate or treat clothes to ensure they are safe.
The same applies in transferring furniture - Rentokil can treat furniture for bedbugs before bringing it into your home if there may be a risk.
There are some steps you can take to ensure bed bugs don’t follow you home, especially if you are a frequent traveller.
Head straight for the bathroom - Before you check out your hotel room's minibar or oceanfront view, give it a thorough bed bug inspection - and until you've done that, stash your luggage in the loo.
Check your bed first before you enjoy the view - Inspect hotel bedding during overnight accommodation. Here's how to check for a bed bug infestation: Pull back the linens, and check all the way around and under the mattress and behind the headboard. Look for blood stains or small black dots that look like mold or ground pepper, keep a look out for these signs.
Keep luggage off the ground and wrap suitcases in plastic - Unpack and vacuum the suitcase after travel. Seal in plastic bag and put it under sun exposure. Do not leave suitcases and bags on the floor - or on a second spare bed. Bed bugs can travel (from) room to room. For the duration of your trip, keep your bags on the desktop, on top of the dresser, or on a luggage rack in the room. (Don't leave clothing lying out, either!) For extra protection, keep your suitcase encased in plastic during your trip.
Bedbugs are not attracted to unclean homes, more significantly is to avoid bringing them into home from outside. If you are worried you have brought bed bugs back home after your travels, there are a few things you can do to reduce them from spreading to your home:
Carefully inspect for signs of infestation before taking items home.
Leave your luggage in your garage or in the bathroom - Bed bugs don’t like the tiles or concrete and if they are present you will see them easier than on carpet!
Remove clothes immediately once you reach home and wash/ dry clothes at the highest possible temperatures.
Put your suitcase/ luggage in the sun - away from the house for a couple of days, to help eradicate any bed bugs.
Vacuuming - Regularly cleaning the premises e.g. vacuum mattress and clear up unnecessary disposals can greatly reduce the size of the bed bug population, but only when they’re clearly visible. It cannot guarantee total elimination. (Empty and clean the vacuum to avoid transferring eggs to other rooms.)
Always keep windows opened for air ventilation with less carbon dioxide.
Treatment by a professional pest controller is always the best solution to get rid of bed bugs.
With the number of guests moving in and out of your hotel or dorm rooms, it is impossible to completely deter bed bugs. However, there are ways you can avoid an infestation taking hold with early detection:
Train your staff on how to identify common signs of bed bugs.
Ensure thorough checking for bed bugs is written into your room cleaning processes.
Have a procedure in place for handling bed bug complaints.
Inspect adjacent rooms to identify if the bed bugs have spread (although Rentokil will do this as part of our emergency response survey).
Immediately contact Rentokil to arrange a thorough inspection and bed bug control program.
If your home has a bedbug infestation, please do not risk spreading it by taking clothes, suitcases or furniture to hotels or the homes of your friends and families. Bedbugs can also migrate to adjoining properties through wall or floor cavities. If your home has bedbugs and you live in a flat or a terraced property, please be considerate to your neighbours and act promptly.
Rentokil bedbug comprehensive and specialized service treatment is to eradicate bedbugs, according to its biology as explained above. The treatment is very time consuming and must be performed diligently to be effective. Typically, a program will require 3-4 applications carried out in intensive intervals.
Bed bugs are an objectionable pest and one of the most difficult to eradicate. High levels of hygiene, deep cleaning and the use of amateur insecticides will help to keep bedbug numbers under control, however professional treatment will be required to eradicate the infestation.
Our experienced pest control expertise will carry out the inspection as required depending on situation to find the potential bedbugs infested areas in the shortest time possible. Our specialists will also instruct our clients for preparation, and spray specific insecticides in forms of sprays, smokes or fogs. Finally, our technicians will examine the bedbug control result on a result basis to protect dwellings in the future.
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