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Bed bugs are recognized as frequent travelers, and the consequences of coming into contact with the pests can leave you in a frenzy. Not to fear — bed bugs shouldn’t deter you from your travel plans, though you should take precautionary measures. They’re also experts at hiding, so it’s up to you to avoid them if you can. We’re setting the facts straight about bed bugs and traveling. Check out these myths and truths:

1. Bedbugs are only found in unclean areas

Fiction: When you think bed bugs, you don’t necessarily think of them roaming around well-kept, frequently cleaned areas. That’s how they get you — showing up in places you least expect. While clutter can certainly make it easier for bed bugs to hide, there’s no limit to where bed bugs can set up camp. Be sure to read reviews of the places in which you’re staying.

2. They’re only found in beds

Fiction: Just as they aren’t confined to certain atmospheres, there’s isn’t a “safe zone” to escape bed bugs. Their namesake can be misleading as they can be found anywhere from baseboards to chairs to bathrooms. If you found a few in your bed, they’re most likely in other areas, too. When you’re traveling, be sure to inspect your living quarters and take action if you notice anything suspicious.

3. Bed bugs are well traveled

Fact: Bed bugs’ tendencies make it easy for them to travel from one place to another. Think twice the next time you open up your suitcase in your bedroom after a weekend getaway — there might be a few critters inside that hitched a ride.

4. There are ways to avoid them when traveling

Fact: Bed bugs are known to travel on luggage and other personal belongings, but there are ways to avoid a run-in, such as keeping your bags off the ground or utilizing garment bags. There’s no saying if your precautions will deter you all together, but it’s worth a shot.

5. You can treat the problem yourself

Fiction: You may think you have the tools and the ambition to tackle the bed bugs around your home, but your efforts are likely no match for the pests. The tools or chemicals you use could be harmful to you or those around you, and you may not get to the root of the problem. At Plunkett’s Pest Control, we pride ourselves in providing top notch service. Our family-owned and operated business has been around for over 100 years, and we have the experience to help you eliminate bed bugs the first time. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a service if you've encountered bed bugs when traveling, and they've come home with you.

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