The winter season is a time when many families plan an escape from the cold weather. However, always remember to take the necessary precautions to help reduce encounters with bed bugs when planning your winter getaways.
Bed bugs are easily transported between places in belongings such as purses and backpacks. This makes travelers especially susceptible to picking up bed bugs while away from home, regardless of whether they are staying in a hotel or at a relative’s house. Whenever people travel, there is a chance of coming into contact with bed bugs. However, these pests can be avoided if travelers stay alert to signs of a bed bug infestation.
Bed Bugs in Winter
During the winter months, bed bugs live almost exclusively indoors. While many of the biting and stinging insects go into hibernation, bed bugs that find themselves outdoors during winter months enter a state called diapause. While this is not a true hibernation, they do pause their development. There is no timer on when they will become active again, it will happen as soon as they enter warmer temperatures. However, the temperatures inside most homes are perfect for their survival.
Bed bugs are often transported by people in:
- Luggage & Suitcases
- Gym bags
- Items kept close to sleep areas
Bed bugs don’t just live in hotels and beds, though. They are excellent hitchhikers and have been found in airplanes and bus seats, movie theater seats, luggage (transferring between suitcases in a luggage hold) and any surface that contains fibers that bed bugs can attach themselves to.
Some common signs of bed bugs include:
- Pepper-like stains on fabric-covered items
- Molted bed bug skins
- The bugs themselves in various life stages
- White eggs and empty egg casings
Thoroughly inspect the room for the presence of bed bug indicators upon arrival in your hotel room. This includes pulling back the bed sheets to examine the mattress seams, checking behind the headboard and looking in furniture crevices. Use a small flashlight or phone light to help aide in this investigation. If you suspect bed bugs, immediately notify management or property owners, and request a new, non-adjacent room.
It’s also good practice for travelers to vacuum their luggage and wash and dry all clothes—even those that have not been worn—on high heat when returning home.
Bed Bug Treatment
If you suspect that you have bed bugs, request a free consultation with your local Dodson professional. Our team will first assess your home and will create a treatment plan that best suits your needs.
Bed bug removal is not a Do-It-Yourself job, as bed bugs are resistant to many treatments. They can also be extremely difficult to locate. Effective treatment requires identification and treatment by a trained professional. At Dodson Pest Control, we will analyze your bed bug situation, exterminate the pests, and offer helpful tips for preventing future outbreaks.