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The appearance of bed bugs can compromise your long-anticipated holiday plans, quickly ruining parties and gatherings. With bed bugs thrown into the mix, there’s no saying how long before your holiday party is co-opted by non-human creatures. When the holiday season rolls around, keep bed bugs from ruining your plans. Here’s what you can do:

When guests stay over:

The holiday season means you’ll likely be welcoming a few extra guests into your home, but be sure they’re the only new guests you’re allowing. Bed bugs have a tendency to travel to new places through belongings, and it’s up to you to stop an infestation before it becomes a disaster. Though you’d probably know beforehand if your guests have bed bugs, it doesn’t hurt to take extra precautions. Investing in a mattress encasement is a great for keeping away any unwanted pests. You’ll also want to use light-colored sheets in guest rooms as it makes for easier detection should a bed bug enter your home. Don’t forget to clean, too. Before and after guests arrive, it’s important to thoroughly clean the space so bed bugs don’t hide themselves in clever places.

When you’re throwing a party:

Bed bugs will enjoy the party you’re throwing just as much as your guests. In fact, your guests could be bringing more than just an appetizer to your gathering. As friends and family enter your home, prepare a place they can put their coats in a central location — such as a coat closet — and be sure to clean the area after they leave. If you’re planning to have guests set their coats on a bed, throw a sheet over it first and toss it in the washing machine after the party’s over.

When you’re traveling:

Often, stepping out of your own home means stepping into unexpected environments. While the majority of those environments might be free of bed bugs, it never hurts to stay aware of your behaviors and belongings. If you’re staying in a hotel, use the luggage racks. There’s no saying who has stayed in that room before you, and the luggage rack is one place bed bugs are less likely to be waiting. If you do a little research on the hotel before you arrive, reviews could give you some peace of mind (or push you toward a different hotel). And when you do arrive, it’s best to get comfortable with the pillows already in the room. Bringing your own pillow is just another way to bring bed bugs back home with you. Bed bug prevention is never a sure thing, and sometimes those pesky creatures make their way into your home. If you’re suffering from a bed bug infestation, contact Plunkett’s Pest Control. Our technicians are trained and experienced in providing you with excellent service that will get rid of bed bugs for good. Give us a call today.

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