Be Prepared for Bed Bugs on Spring Break

With the clocks “springing forward” last week and the first official day of spring arriving next week that means many of us are looking forward to Spring Break – a week-long break where you can head out of town and spend time with family and friends!

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If you’re planning to head out of town for Spring Break, be aware of bed bugs so you’re not bringing home uninvited guests. Below are a few tips on what to look for and what to do if you suspect you’re staying somewhere that may have a bed bug problem.

Tips For Bed Bug Prevention:

What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?

Bed bugs are tiny, oval, brown and wingless insects approximately 1/4″ to 3/8″ long (5-9 mm).spring break

Is There Really A Huge Outbreak?

Bed bugs have made a comeback in the United States over the last few years. The largest outbreaks have been reported in large cities with high rates of tourism.

Where Are Bed Bugs Typically Found?

Bed bugs are most frequently found in hotels. They travel by hitching rides with unsuspecting guests by crawling into clothing and luggage. All hotels are susceptible to bed bugs – from motels to five-star resorts.

What Can I Do To Protect Myself?

When checking into a hotel room or after visiting guests have left your home, you can perform a simple bed bug inspection of the room.

  1. Pull pillows and sheets down about 1/3 of the way from the top of the bed and look for reddish-brown or black spots on the sheets near the bed’s headboard.  You may not see the actual bugs themselves but they do leave a trail of spots.
  2. Look for spots on mattresses, pillows, headboards and walls behind headboards.
  3. Check the inside of dresser drawers for insects and black spots.

Contact Guest Services immediately if you’ve found any signs of bed bugs during your inspection.

If I Suspect I Was In A Room With Bed Bugs, What Should I Do When I Return Home?
  1. Isolate the items in your travel bags from other items in your home – the garage is a great place.
  2. Put clothing and other heat tolerant items into your dryer for a minimum of 20 minutes – the heat will eliminate bed bugs.
  3. After thoroughly heating the items, wash as normal.
  4. Check all luggage before storing it away.  Vacuum out luggage and clean the exterior surface.
What If I Have Guests Staying In My Home?

When welcoming family and friends into your home who have been staying in hotels or on a cruise ship, be aware that bed bugs may have hitched a ride with them.  After your guests leave, carefully inspect guest rooms for any signs of bed bugs.  Wash all bed linens as soon as possible. Contact Massey Services for a free bed bug inspection of your home!

Tips to Avoid Bed Bugs During Holiday Travel

A record number of Americans are predicted to travel this holiday season. According to AAA, an estimated 103 million people plan to travel for the holidays. As you prepare for the upcoming holiday season which may include travel plans and hotel stays in unfamiliar surroundings, Massey Services offers the following information to help you avoid bed bugs, learn how bedbugsto conduct a bed bug inspection and protect yourself from these pesky travel companions.

What are bed bugs and what do they look like?

Bed bugs, a classic travel pest, are small parasitic insects that feed on human blood. Bed bugs are tiny, oval, brown and wingless insects approximately 1/4” to 3/8” long (5-9 mm). As their name implies, these bloodsuckers make their homes in beds, but also in couches, clothing and seats of airplanes and trains. They crawl out of crevices to feed on blood and these painless attacks generally go undetected until a skin rash appears.

What can I do to protect myself?

When checking into a hotel room or after visiting guests have left your home, you can perform a simple bed bug inspection of the room.

  1. Pull pillows and sheets down about 1/3 of the way from the top of the bed and look for reddish-brown or black spots on the sheets near the bed’s headboard. You may not see the actual bugs themselves but they do leave a trail of spots.
  2. Look for spots on mattresses, pillows, headboards and walls behind headboards.
  3. Check the inside of dresser drawers for insects and black spots.
  4. Contact Guest Services immediately if you’ve found any signs of bed bugs during your inspection.

If I suspect I was in a room with bed bugs, what should I do when I return home?

  1. Isolate the items in your travel bags from other items in your home – the garage is a great place.
  2. Put clothing and other heat tolerant items into your dryer for a minimum of 20 minutes – the heat will eliminate bed bugs.
  3. After thoroughly heating the items, wash as normal.
  4. Check all luggage before storing it away. Vacuum out luggage and clean the exterior surface.

What if I have guests staying in my home?

When welcoming family and friends into your home who have been staying in hotels or on a cruise ship, be aware that bed bugs may have hitched a ride with them. After your guests leave, carefully inspect guest rooms for any signs of bed bugs. Wash all bed linens as soon as possible.

If you suspect bed bugs in your home, contact Massey Services for a free bed bug inspection and treatment solutions.

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Prevent Bed Bugs in Dorm Rooms

1280px-LoyolaMD_DormBack to school! It’s that time of year when college campuses are filled with the hustle and bustle of new students moving into their dorm rooms, houses or apartments. In the excitement of moving into a new space, students and parents should take the time to examine their rooms for pests such as bed bugs.

College dorm room mattresses are reused each year, and students often furnish their new apartments with used mattresses and other furnishings. Massey Services offers some general information about these pests and tips on what to do if you do find bed bugs in your dorm room or apartment:

bedbugsWhat are bed bugs and what do they look like?
Bed bugs, a classic travel pest, are small parasitic insects that feed on human blood. Bed bugs are tiny, oval, brown and wingless insects approximately 1/4” to 3/8” long (5-9 mm). As their name implies, these bloodsuckers make their homes in beds, but also in couches, clothing and seats of airplanes and trains. They crawl out of crevices to feed on blood and these painless attacks generally go undetected until a reaction to the bites appears or evidence of bed bugs is found in the bedding.

What can I do to protect myself?
When checking into your dorm room, apartment or house, you can perform a simple bed bug inspection of the space.
1. Pull pillows and sheets down about 1/3 of the way from the top of the bed and look for reddish-brown or black spots on the sheets near the bed’s headboard. You may not see the actual bugs themselves but they do leave a trail of spots.
2. Look for spots on mattresses, pillows, headboards and walls behind headboards.
3. Check the inside of dresser drawers for insects and black spots.
4. Contact a pest services company immediately if you’ve found any signs of bed bugs during your inspection.

If I suspect I was in a room with bed bugs, what should I do?
1. Isolate the items that have been infested from other items in your living space.
2. Put clothing and other heat tolerant items in a clothes dryer for a minimum of 40 minutes – the heat will eliminate bed bugs.
3. After thoroughly heating the items, wash as normal.

By following these easy steps, you should be able to prevent bed bugs ruining your first weeks in your new college home.

It’s Bed Bug Awareness Week

bedbugsAs summer travel season approaches, the Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), which serves as the public outreach arm of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), is working to spread public awareness about bed bugs during Bed Bug Awareness Week, June 5-11, 2016. Bed Bug Awareness Week is an annual designation recognized by Chase’s Calendar of Events and is celebrated throughout the pest management industry. In conjunction with PPMA efforts to educate consumers about bed bugs and how to best protect themselves from these transient pests, Massey Services offers the following information:

What are bed bugs and what do they look like?

Bed bugs, a classic travel pest, are small parasitic insects that feed on human blood. Bed bugs are tiny, oval, brown and wingless insects approximately 1/4” to 3/8” long (5-9 mm). As their name implies, these bloodsuckers make their homes in beds, but also in couches, clothing and seats of airplanes and trains. They crawl out of crevices to feed on blood and these painless attacks generally go undetected until a skin rash appears.

What can I do to protect myself?

When checking into a hotel room or after visiting guests have left your home, you can perform a simple bed bug inspection of the room.

  1. Pull pillows and sheets down about 1/3 of the way from the top of the bed and look for reddish-brown or black spots on the sheets near the bed’s headboard. You may not see the actual bugs themselves but they do leave a trail of spots.
  2. Look for spots on mattresses, pillows, headboards and walls behind headboards.
  3. Check the inside of dresser drawers for insects and black spots.
  4. Contact Guest Services immediately if you’ve found any signs of bed bugs during your inspection.

If I suspect I was in a room with bed bugs, what should I do when I return home?

  1. Isolate the items in your travel bags from other items in your home – the garage is a great place.
  2. Put clothing and other heat tolerant items into your dryer for a minimum of 20 minutes – the heat will eliminate bed bugs.
  3. After thoroughly heating the items, wash as normal.
  4. Check all luggage before storing it away. Vacuum out luggage and clean the exterior surface.

What if I have guests staying in my home?

When welcoming family and friends into your home who have been staying in hotels or on a cruise ship, be aware that bed bugs may have hitched a ride with them. After your guests leave, carefully inspect guest rooms for any signs of bed bugs. Wash all bed linens as soon as possible.

If you suspect bed bugs in your home, contact Massey Services for a free bed bug inspection and treatment solutions.

Don’t Let Bed Bugs Become Summer Traveling Companions

Summer is in full swing and as July flies by we are all getting ready to take our summer vacations before school is back in session. One thing we don’t want to have worry about is bed bugs, which can easily become nasty traveling companions if we’re not careful.

Staying in a four-star resort with the finest amenities and the highest standards doesn’t mean these invasive critters won’t be present. Fortunately, we do have a few tips to help you prevent bed bugs from becoming your vacation companions and even worse, your house guests if they hitchhike home with you.Univar Image 8

  • Place your luggage in the bathtub or shower and inspect the hotel room for bed bugs, checking cracks and crevices like the seams of the mattress and around the headboard.
  • If you have checked the bed area and did not see bed bugs still be cautious; bed bugs may have been introduced to the closet and dresser drawers. Be sure to check inside dresser drawers and nightstands for insects and reddish-brown or black spots.
  • Bed bugs have difficulty climbing on smooth surfaces such as glass, polished metals. Keep your suitcases elevated on a luggage rack (be sure to check the cloth webbing before placing the suitcases on the rack), a dresser or on closet shelves. This may prevent bed bugs from getting into your bags.
  • Check upholstered chairs, recliners and sofas – these are the next most likely areas for bed bugs.  Make sure to examine along seams, skirts and folds of fabric.
  • When you return home, be certain to inspect luggage and clothing that you brought on vacation with you. Bed bugs are excellent travelers.

By following these easy steps, you should be able to avoid bed bugs from ruining your summer vacation.  if you do think you may have brought them home, contact Massey Services for a free bed bug inspection and treatment solutions.  Happy Traveling!

How to Perform a Thorough Bed Bug Inspection

With the holidays upon us, many of us are planning to head out of town to visit with loved ones or have family coming to stay in our homes.
If you’re planning to stay in a hotel, there are a few easy ways to do a quick bed bug inspection to ensure your bedbugsroom is bed bug-free.
Here are a few facts about bed bugs and what to do when you enter your hotel room.

What do bed bugs look like?
Bed bugs are tiny, oval, brown and wingless insects approximately 1/4″ to 3/8″ long (5-9mm).

What can I do to protect myself?
When checking into a hotel room or after visiting guests have left your home, you can perform a simple bed bug inspection of the room.

  1. Pull pillows and sheets down about 1/3 of the way from the top of the bed and look for reddish-brown or black spots on the sheets near the bed’s headboard.  You may not see the actual bugs themselves but they do leave a trail of spots.
  2. Look for spots on mattresses, pillows, headboards and walls behind headboards.
  3. Check the inside of dresser drawers for insects and black spots.
  4. Contact Guest Services immediately if you’ve found any signs of bed bugs during your inspection.

If I suspect I was in a room with bed bugs, what should I do when I return home?

  1. Isolate the items in your travel bags from other items in your home – the garage is a great place.
  2. Put clothing and other heat tolerant items into your dryer for a minimum of 20 minutes – the heat will eliminate bed bugs.
  3. After thoroughly heating the items, wash as normal.
  4. Check all luggage before storing it away.  Vacuum out luggage and clean the exterior surface.

What if I have guests staying in my home?

When welcoming family and friends into your home who have been staying in hotels or on a cruise ship, be aware that bed bugs may have hitched a ride with them.  After your guests leave, carefully inspect guest rooms for any signs of bed bugs.  Wash all bed linens as soon as possible.

If you suspect you may have bed bugs in your home, contact Massey Services for a free inspection today.

 

Protect Yourself from Bed Bugs during Holiday Travel

The holiday season is upon us and many of us will be traveling out of town to celebrate with family and friends. Before you leave your home, be sure to know the facts about bed bugs and how you can protect you and your family so these tiny little bugs don’t ruin your holiday fun!

What do bed bugs look like?
Bed bugs are tiny, oval, brown and wingless insects approximately 1/4″ to 3/8″ long (5-9 mm).bedbugmp

Is there really a huge outbreak?
Bed bugs have made a comeback in the United States over the last few years. The largest outbreaks have been reported in large cities with high rates of tourism.

Where are bed bugs typically found?
Bed bugs are most frequently found in hotels. They travel by hitching rides with unsuspecting guests by crawling into clothing and luggage. All hotels are susceptible to bed bugs – from motels to five-star resorts.

What can I do to protect myself?
When checking into a hotel room or after visiting guests have left your home, you can perform a simple bed bug inspection of the room.

    1. Pull pillows and sheets down about 1/3 of the way from the top of the bed and look for reddish-brown or black spots on the sheets near the bed’s headboard.  You may not see the actual bugs themselves but they do leave a trail of spots.
    2. Look for spots on mattresses, pillows, headboards and walls behind headboards.
    3. Check the inside of dresser drawers for insects and black spots.
    4. Contact Guest Services immediately if you’ve found any signs of bed bugs during your inspection.

If I suspect I was in a room with bed bugs, what should I do when I return home?

    1. Isolate the items in your travel bags from other items in your home – the garage is a great place.
    2. Put clothing and other heat tolerant items into your dryer for a minimum of 20 minutes – the heat will eliminate bed bugs.
    3. After thoroughly heating the items, wash as normal.
    4. Check all luggage before storing it away.  Vacuum out luggage and clean the exterior surface.

What if I  have guests staying in my home?

When welcoming family and friends into your home who have been staying in hotels or on a cruise ship, be aware that bed bugs may have hitched a ride with them.  After your guests leave, carefully inspect guest rooms for any signs of bed bugs.  Wash all bed linens as soon as possible.

If you have any questions or would like a free, professional bed bug inspection, please contact Massey Services.  Have a Happy (bed bug-free) Thanksgiving!