- Check your sheets for tell-tale blood spots.
- Consider bringing a large plastic trashbag to keep your suitcase in during hotel stays.
- Carry a small flashlight to assist you with quick visual inspections.
- Put your suitcase on a luggage rack, not on the bed, and move the rack away from the wall.
- When you get home, unpack your suitcase outside.
- After vacation, avoid bringing in hitchhiking bugs by removing the contents of your suitcase outside.
- Place all clothes in plastic bags for immediate washing, and leave your suitcase outside until you’ve inspected it.
- Immediately wash your travel clothes separately from other laundry. Wash and dry the clothes on the highest setting that the fabric can withstand or take items to the dry cleaners.
- Vacuum your luggage. Use an attachment on your vacuum cleaner or a handheld vacuum to clean your bag. Pay special attention to the crevices.
- When you enter a hotel room, don't unpack.
- Pull the blanket and linens off the bed starting with the corners, where bed bugs like to hide. You're looking for bugs or dark brown blood spots.
- To be thorough, check all four corners of the mattress—not just one.
When you check into your hotel room on that much-needed vacation, remember to check it thoroughly for bed bugs. Here are some steps to take during and after your vacation.
It is very unlikely, though not impossible, that a bed bug infestation will develop in an office, classroom or other non-residential environment. However, these sites can serve as transfer hubs for bed bugs to hitchhike a ride into your home. Management, staff, students and workers all have roles to play in reducing the spread of bed bugs.
Steps You Can Take
If a bed bug is found call DA Exterminating right away at 800-650-PEST!
The common bed bug (Cimex lectularius) has long been a pest – feeding on blood, causing itchy bites and generally irritating their human hosts. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) all consider bed bugs a public health pest. However, unlike most public health pests, bed bugs are not known to transmit or spread disease.
They can, however, cause other public health issues, so it’s important to pay close attention to preventing and controlling bed bugs.
Experts believe the recent increase in bed bugs in the United States may be due to more travel, lack of knowledge about preventing infestations, increased resistance of bed bugs to pesticides, and ineffective pest control practices.
The good news is that there are ways to control bed bugs. Getting good, solid information is the first step in both prevention and control. While there is no quick fix, there are effective strategies to control bed bugs involving both non-chemical and chemical methods.
Bed bugs can be hard to find and identify, given their small size and their habit of staying hidden. It helps to know what they look like, since the various life stages have different forms.
And that’s why we’re here!! Give us a call at 800-650-PEST if you suspect bed bugs!
In some 2013 research, 46.1 percent of households in New Orleans reported a pest sighting of some sort. At DA, we treat for virtually any pest problem but we see five pests on a regular basis that seem to us to be the most prevalent in New Orleans. We want you to know about these pests and the threats they pose to New Orleans residents.
1) Formosan termites
A single colony of Formosan subterranean termites may contain several million individuals. Because of its population size and foraging range, the presence of Formosan subterranean termite colonies poses serious threats to nearby structures.
Because of their population sizes and foraging ranges, the presence of Formosan termite colonies pose serious problems.
In New Orleans, where this termite species was introduced in the 1950's, the control and repair costs due to Formosan subterranean termite is estimated at $300 million annually (Suszkiw 1998).
2) German cockroaches
The German cockroach is the cockroach of concern, the species that gives all other cockroaches a bad name. It occurs in structures throughout New Orleans, and is the species that typically plagues multifamily dwellings. The German cockroach is found throughout the world in association with humans.
German cockroaches adulterate food or food products with their feces, physically transport and often harbor pathogenic organisms, and may cause severe allergic responses.
3) American cockroaches
The American cockroach, Periplaneta americana (Linnaeus), is the largest of the common cockroaches measuring on average 4 cm in length. It occurs in buildings throughout New Orleans, especially in commercial buildings.
It is found mainly in basements, sewers, steam tunnels, and drainage systems (Rust et. al. 1991).
The American cockroach is an omnivorous and opportunistic feeder consuming decaying organic matter but will eat almost anything. American cockroaches can become a public health problem due to their association with human waste and disease and their ability to move from sewers into homes and commercial establishments.
Mosquitoes cause more human suffering than any other organism -- over one million people worldwide die from mosquito-borne diseases every year. Due to the recent publicity about the Zika virus, many people are aware that mosquitoes can be detrimental to their health and are taking measures to avoid them. Some of the diseases associated with mosquitoes include: malaria, chikungunya, dog heartworm, dengue, yellow fever, eastern equine encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, LaCrosse encephalitis, western equine encephalitis, west nile virus, and zika virus
5) Bed bugs
Bed bugs are parasitic insects that feed exclusively on blood and are one of the most difficult pest problems to eradicate quickly. A number of adverse health effects may result from bed bug bites, including skin rashes, psychological effects, and allergic symptoms. Bed bugs are not known to transmit any pathogens as disease vectors. Certain signs and symptoms suggest the presence of bed bugs; finding the adult confirms the infestation.
Call DA if you see these or any other pests! 800-650-PEST
Sad to say, bed bugs can be found nearly anywhere these days, from expensive hotels to movie theaters to homes. Many bed bug infestations in homes are a result of bringing these critters home in your luggage. If you follow the tips below, you’ll go a long way toward preventing an infestation in YOUR home!
Bed bugs are a problem, let’s face it. But the scariest bed bug possibility involves infested hotel rooms and bringing these little buggers home with you from your travels. Before you book any hotel room, go online and check for bed bug complaints from other travelers. Sorkin’s favorite sites for this include TripAdvisor, The Bedbug Registry and Bedbugger.com. Just keep in mind that researching a property before your trip won’t guarantee you a pest-free stay since many infestations go unreported.
First, a little info about these little bed bug critters. Most bed bugs congregate around beds, but a few of them will hide in remote areas. They hate light and if disturbed, will attempt to move to more remote areas. Bed bugs can be 1/16″ to 1/4″ and can vary in color from virtually colorless (the young) to a dark brown (the adults).
When entering your hotel room. . . . . . you should do a quick inspection of the bed. Look at the corners of the mattress for the presence of bed bugs and dark stains. Pay attention to cracks, crevices, seams, and folds of material. If you find evidence of bed bugs, call hotel management and ask for a different room.
Always put your luggage on the luggage rack, not the bed or chairs in the room to reduce the chances of bed bugs hitchhiking home with you.
If, after spending a night or more in a hotel room. . . . . .you discover bed bugs, take these precautions.