Today marks the start of Bed Bug Awareness Week! Bed bugs are found virtually everywhere and LOVE to travel. Below are some tips from PestWorld to keep this pest from traveling back to Silicon Valley. Be sure to check out our website dedicated exclusively to bed bug information: ThrasherBedBugs.

Check the following hiding spots for bed bugs in a room:

  1. Thoroughly inspect the entire room for bed bugs before unpacking, including behind the headboard, under lights, and inside dressers, drawers, sofas and chairs.
  2. Pull back the sheets and inspect the mattress seams and box springs, particularly at the corners, for pepper-like stains, spots or shed bed bug skins.
  3. Place suitcases in a plastic trash bag during the duration of the trip to ensure that bed bugs cannot take up residence there prior to departure.
  4. Bed bugs can easily hitchhike via housekeeping carts, luggage and even through wall sockets. If an infestation is spreading, it typically does so in the rooms closest to its origin.
  5. These pests like to hide in small cracks and crevices close to a human environment. They can be found behind baseboards, wallpaper, upholstery and in furniture crevices.

A small flashlight is a great thing to have with you when traveling to help with your bed bug inspection, as bed bugs are very tiny and can often be hard to spot right away.