Don't Bring Them Home For The Holidays: How To Prevent Bed Bug And Lice Infestations
With the holidays coming up, it's time to start planning for the unexpected guests – bed bugs and lice. Whether you're going to be spending time in hotels, with friends or loved ones, or you're having guests stay in your home, these types of pests are serious problems. Bed bugs are particularly worrisome, especially since many hotels across the United States are infested with them. Here are just a few steps you can take to protect you and your family against bed bugs and lice.
Utilize Protective Covers
If you're going to have guests come into your home, the first thing you need to do is invest in protective covers for your mattresses and pillows. This is particularly important if your guests will be sleeping in your beds – even your fold-away beds. Once your guests leave, carefully roll the covers up, place them in trash bags and toss them in the outside garbage cans. If you'll be staying with friends and loved ones, bring your own pillows and sleeping bags. Wash your bedding in hot water as soon as you get home. Do the same thing when staying in hotels.
Plan Post-Holiday Pest Control Services
If you'll be having house guests staying in your home, you'll need to plan for post-holiday pest control services. You never know what pests will be brought into your home during the holidays. Guests may bring bed bugs and lice, while the packages that get shipped to you could be harboring cockroaches. Post-holiday pest control services will get rid of the problem before you're faced with infestations.
Conduct thorough inspections
If you're concerned that your home has suffered an invasion of bed bugs or lice during the holidays, it's important that you conduct thorough inspections for several weeks following the last visit from out-of-town guests. First, inspect your mattresses for signs of bed bug activity. Pay close attention to the seams and deep crevices in the mattresses
Also, inspect your sheets for signs of small brown or reddish stains. Those speckled stains are an indication that bed bugs are present. When it comes to lice, you'll want to inspect the heads of all family members in your home. Pay close attention to the nape of the neck, deep parts, and areas around the hairline. These are areas where lice prefer to hide. If you find what appears to be specks of salt stuck the follicle, you'll need to conduct lice treatment on everyone in the household.
Don't take chances with pests during the holidays. Use the tips provided here to prevent infestations of bed bugs and lice. Contact a bed bug extermination service for more help.