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Although they haven’t been in the news very much, bed bugs are still a problem at a lot of hotels and other tourist areas that cater to backpackers. Once these insects get into your pack and other bedding, it is next to impossible to get them out. Fortunately, there are several methods of preventing bed bugs from following you home.
Bed bugs are not a single species, but actually a group of over ninety different species of insects that live all around the world. This is part of the reason why a bed bug treatment uses so many harsh chemicals; it has to account for a lot of variation.
Unfortunately, preventing bed bugs from infesting a room once they’ve been brought home isn’t easy. This is why it is so important to take steps preventing bed bugs from getting into your gear in the first place. This is why the most effective bed bug treatment is preventing bed bugs.
When you first enter a hotel or bed and breakfast, start looking for signs of bed bug infestation. According to a bed bug exterminator, the easiest thing to spot are the translucent skins that are cast off by these bugs. Look for these in any bedding and in the carpet. According to a bed bug exterminator, these skins are a sign that the infestation is rampant. If you see them, check out of the hotel immediately. Next, look for dark brown or red spots along the seams of the mattress and bed sheets. This is a sign that bed bugs are actively feeding in the area. If you see this, request a different room, or at least insist that all of the mattresses and bedding in the room be immediately replaced.
These two signs are an indication that the room will need a professional bed bug treatment. Fortunately, it is possible that only one area of a hotel or B&B has become infested. This means that you can stay in a different area while the hotel manager calls a bed bug exterminator to deal with the problem.
Of course, it is always possible that you will miss a sign of bedbugs while inspecting a property, so it is important to take other precautions. To start, always keep your luggage and other gear separated from that of other travelers. Bed bugs can hop from one surface to another. According to a local bed bug exterminator, it is possible to get them from another traveler’s infested luggage.
After your stay, be sure to thoroughly inspect your backpack and other gear before putting it onto your car to drive home. Remember that these bugs can easily spread along any upholstered surface. This means that can spread to your car upholstery, requiring you to get a bed bug treatment for your vehicle. If you forget to inspect your gear before putting it in your car, then do not bring it into the house. In fact, leave the gear in an area that is at least ten feet away from any upholstered surface (a concrete garage works well) for about forty-eight hours after your trip. Do not touch the gear while it is in this make-shift quarantine. Without a human to feed off of or a suitable surface to live, the bed bugs will die off during this time frame.

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