Avoid Bed Bugs when You Travel
Properly Sealed Bed Bug Mattress Encasement

A properly sealed bed bug mattress encasement under the sheets is a good sign that your hotel is proactive about bed bug control.

Reduce the likelihood of encountering bed bugs and bringing bed bugs home from vacation by following these four steps from Thrasher Termite & Pest Control–the bed bug experts.

Prevent Bed Bugs when You Travel

1. Inspect the Bed & Headboard. In a hotel setting, bed bugs are very likely to be found behind the headboard. Before you settle into your room, lift the headboard off the wall with help of another person and look for evidence of bed bugs. Also, pull back the bed linens and check the visible edges of the mattress and box spring. You are looking for evidence of live bugs, dark brownish to black spots & stains, or shed skins from bed bugs. If you suspect bed bugs, request another room!

Bed Bug on Hotel Mattress

Bed Bug on Hotel Mattress: This is what you do NOT want to find!

2. Keep Luggage Closed & Away from Bed Bug Prone Areas. Keep all zippers closed and do not place or store luggage on or next to beds, upholstered furniture or in a closet. The further away you store your luggage from these areas the better.

3. Keep Items that Cannot be Laundered in Ziploc® Bags. Items that cannot be laundered such as books, electronics, toiletries, jewelry etc should be kept sealed in Ziploc® bags whenever they are not in use. Even laptop computers can be kept in sealed Ziploc® bags when not in use, especially during the nighttime hours while you are sleeping.

4. Complain If You Suspect Bed Bugs. Notify the property management if at anytime during your stay you see evidence of what you believe might be bed bugs or you begin to develop itchy welts on your body. Just because you see an insect or develop bite-like symptoms does not mean that bed bugs are present, but management should be aware of your concern so that the possibility of bed bugs may be investigated.

The Bed Bug Battle Plan

The Bed Bug Battle Plan, Second Edition by Garrett Thrasher is packed with information about preventing and combating bed bugs. Available through Amazon.

At Thrasher Termite and Pest Control, we make homes healthy through effective pest control, termite inspections, and termite control.  No gimmicks, no nonsense, and when we’re done, no pests. Satisfaction Guaranteed. We’re licensed, bonded and insured. Our family owned business has offices in Silicon Valley
[408-354-9944] and in San Diego [619-955-5121].

SERVICES: Termite Inspections, Termite Treatments, Termite Repairs, Pest Control and Eradication: control of Ants, Bed Bugs, Bees, Beetles, Cockroaches, Rats, Mice, Rodents, Flies, Mosquitoes, Wasps, Hornets, Yellow Jackets, Fleas, Ticks, Pantry Pests, Earwigs, Crickets, Flies, Scorpions, Spiders, and more.

Members of both the Pest Control Operators of California (PCOC) and the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), Thrasher Termite & Pest Control is well recognized in the pest control industry. We are members in good standing of QualityPro, the mark of excellence in pest management. Janet Thrasher is a Santa Clara Valley District Director of PCOC and a member of the state insurance committee; Garrett Thrasher is San Diego District Treasurer and a Director of PCOC.

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  1. Travis June 7, 2015 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    I been finding bed bugs in my kids bed about 3 to 5. What can I do to get the bugs out for good.

    • Buzz June 8, 2015 at 12:42 pm - Reply

      1. Are you a renter or a home owner? If you are a renter, contact your landlord immediately. If your landlord is not helpful or if you are a home owner then…
      2. Bed bugs are not a DIY bug. You need the pros. Go to BedBug Central and search for bedbugFREE trained pest control company in your area. We’re part of the bedbugFREE network and service San Diego County and Silicon Valley.
      3. Reassure the kids. Read “Talking to Your Kids About Bed Bugs.
      Thanks for reaching out. Call us if you reside in one of our service areas. We’d be happy to help solve this problem for good.

  2. Nick Gonzalez November 9, 2016 at 9:39 am - Reply

    Some hotels are getting ridiculous with their bed bugs.

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