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How To Tell If Phoenix Bed Bugs Came Home For The Holidays

January 01, 2023

Traveling near and far to celebrate the holidays with loved ones can be extremely fun! Don't let the festivities be interrupted by spreading bed bugs from household to household. The unfortunate reality is anytime you find yourself sleeping in a bed other than your own, whether at the home of family or friends or a hotel, you could pick up a bed bug infestation without even realizing it. It's important to know what to look for and contact the Phoenix pest control professionals immediately if you discover signs of bed bugs. 

How Bed Bugs Spread During The Holiday Season

Bed bugs spread by hitchhiking rides on furniture, luggage, clothing, and other possessions. As you can imagine, whether you are traveling to visit family or friends or if they're coming to you, it's essential to take the necessary precautions to help reduce the potential spread of bed bugs. You can get bed bugs from just about any public place, and the increase of people traveling can make you more at risk. Even the cleanest of homes can have bed bug infestations. They live anywhere there are people coming and going, including: 

  • Airports
  • Residential homes
  • Taxis
  • Trains
  • Buses
  • Cruise ships

When you arrive home from your travels, inspect your clothing for bed bugs and wash everything on high heat. It's easy to bring them into your home unknowingly. It's also vital to keep all clothing and belongings off the floor when you stay in hotels as an added precaution. 

Is My Phoenix Home At-Risk For Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are challenging to prevent. The truth is that no matter how diligent you are about bed bug prevention, you could still end up with an infestation. If you are having visitors or traveling to visit friends or family this holiday season, the best way to prevent bed bugs in your Phoenix home is to be vigilant. When you go on vacation, check over the room you're staying in before bringing in your luggage. Be sure to look between the bed's headboard and mattress, behind picture frames, under sheets, and along the edges of the walls. Even if you see no signs of bed bugs, keep your belonging off the floor during your stay. 

How To Tell If Bed Bugs Have Invaded Your Phoenix Home

Bed bugs can cause a great deal of anxiety and restless nights, so if you suspect an infestation, looking for the following signs can help determine if it's time to call pest control professionals. Signs of a bed bug infestation include: 

  • A sweet, musty odor
  • Specks of blood on mattresses, bedding, or upholstered furniture such as headboards and couches
  • Exoskeletons
  • Eggs
  • Bites that appear in lines or clusters

If you find any signs of a bed bug infestation, contact the pest control professionals to protect yourself from the infestation becoming worse. 

The Most Successful Way To Get Rid Of A Bed Bug Infestation

Bed bugs are pests that almost always require professional bed bug control techniques to eliminate effectively.

At ACTION Termite & Pest Control, we start with a home pest inspection to confirm you are dealing with bed bugs and locate where they are hiding. While our team members are highly trained and knowledgeable, these pests are among the most challenging to spot, so we also offer K-9 bed bug detection services.

Once we complete the inspection, we will implement an appropriate plan to neutralize all bed bugs and prevent re-infestation. We use specialized TEMP-AIR technology for the most effective bed bug control method of Thermal Remediation.

Treatment can vary depending on your home's specific needs, so please call us at ACTION Termite & Pest Control to learn more about our Phoenix home pest control options for bed bugs.