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Throughout the year there are many opportunities for families in Minnesota to enjoy some fun in the sun. Whether you’re planning a  spring vacation or even getaway for this vacation, it is important protect your family members from the threat of bed bugs. As these pests continue to be an issues across the country, traveling is the easiest way to bring a bed bug problem back to your home. Thankfully there are many ways to protect yourself from the bed bugs biting next time you take off.   From the experts in bed bug control at Plunkett’s Pest Control, here are some tips to prevent these pests from catching a ride back to your home:   Pre-trip:

  • Pack clothing in large plastic bags that seal shut.
  • Before booking your hotel, check it on the bed bug registry at:
  • Study up and learn how to inspect a hotel room for signs of bed bugs. You want to look for signs of bed bug activity such as dark blood specks, light brown colored skins that are shed, or live bugs themselves in the case of a severe infestation.
During trip:
  • Before bringing any luggage inside, complete a thorough bed bug hotel room inspection.
  • Don’t neglect to inspect the many hiding places such as bed frames, nightstands, electrical outlets, under carpet, even behind hanging artwork.
  • Consider a nighttime search rather than a day one. Bed bugs are nighttime feeders so a day inspection could turn up with nothing while a nighttime inspection with a flashlight could prove to be different.
  • Keep luggage safe on a luggage stand rather than sprawled out on the floor.
  • Continue to keep clothing in sealed bags.
  • Check body for any red welts which could be bed bug bites.
  • Before bringing all of your belongings inside, complete another bed bug inspection, this time in your suitcase.
  • Immediately wash all of your clothing on the hottest temperature available to the fabrics which will kill off any eggs or live bugs that could have made their way back.
  • Vacuum out your luggage and bags before storing them back in the closet.
  • Continue to check body for red welts.
If you do happen to notice any signs of bed bugs upon your return, it is important that you seek help from a professional right away. If left un-treated, a bed bug infestation will only grow. For more information on bed bugs including identification and treatment options, contact Plunkett’s today! Proudly serving Minneapolis, Alexandria, and Duluth, as well as throughout our region, we are ready to help you avoid bed bug bites!

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