It’s vacation season! This is the time when everyone flocks to the beaches and goes overseas. A lovely time of year, vacation season helps Americans unwind and take time off from the stresses of work life. Jacksonville is a popular destination for travelers, as it’s warm sun and fun attractions are ever-so enticing. But, there’s one thing you didn’t think about before you left: bed bugs. Yup, they happen—especially in hotels. No matter if you booked a five-star suite or a three-star twin bed, bed bugs can be lurking around. A survey done by the University of Kentucky said that just one single mention of bed bugs in a review of a hotel diminishes the value of a room by $38 for business travelers and $23 for leisure travelers.
Did you know that bed bugs can hide behind wallpaper, picture frames, rugs, baseboards, and even upholstery? You can get bed bugs from anywhere, including busses and movie theaters. So, when you arrive at your swanky hotel, it’s best to learn some tips and tricks on how to detect bed bugs.
Your Tips for Bed Bug Control in Jacksonville Hotels
Things you’ll need:
- Credit card
The very first thing you should understand is how bed bugs operate. They feed on humans and other animal hosts, getting their name “bed bugs” because they feed upon those sleeping. They’re attracted to carbon dioxide, or CO2, which is the air we emit when we exhale. In our sleep, we exhale enormous amounts of carbon dioxide—a treat for bed bugs. They’re tiny, annoying pests that can be difficult to get rid of.
Upon arrival to your room, leave your luggage outside. Bring your flashlight and credit card to the mattress to begin inspection. Starting at the headboard, exhale a couple times and shine the flashlight between the mattress and the headboard. Look for any moving bugs or signs of bed bugs, such as eggs or skin. Using the credit card, slide it between the headboard and the wall. If a credit card can fit, so can bed bugs. Lift the corners of the mattress, inspecting the bed skirt and folds of the seams. Repeat these steps for any other furniture in the room, like armchairs.
If you do find bed begs in your room, notify management immediately. Inspect your body and clothing to make sure none have crawled onto you while looking for a home. Keep all clothing and luggage items or any other personal belongings that may be infected outside your home until an expert can come and inspect them for you. Nobody wants to come back from a vacation with bed bugs, but you can be sure that proper bed bug control in Jacksonville IS possible with Lindsey Pest Services!