State Pest Professionals Offer Tips To Avoid Bed Bugs This Travel Season

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LAWRENCEVILLE— New Jersey is headed towards the peak activity period for bed bugs as the summer months approach. A local pest control company, Cooper Pest Solutions, is offering tips to help the public stay bed bug free as infestations are expected to spike this travel season.

According to noted research entomologist and local bed bug expert, Richard Cooper of Cooper Pest Solutions, the number of bed bug infestations throughout the state is on the rise and are expected to climb ever higher during the peak travel season.

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“New Jersey is currently faced with a bed bug resurgence that has shown significant growth,” said Cooper. “Our company has seen the number of bed bug related jobs we perform increase by 50 percent every year for the past three years and we don’t expect that number to go anywhere but up.”

To help New Jersey residents avoid the pricey cost and frustration associated with bed bug infestations, Cooper advises that there are a variety of proactive tips people can use to prevent or treat exposure to bed bugs.

“Bed bugs have proven to be a persistent and complicated pest to treat once they have infested a home,” said Cooper. “Fortunately there are very simple and affordable precautions people can take that will greatly reduce their risk of exposure during travel.”

Tips to stay bed bug free this travel season:

Before Departure: Encase mattresses and box-springs before leaving— This proactive step will prevent bed bugs from getting inside your mattresses and box springs and will aid in the early detection if you accidentally bring bed bugs into your home. Be sure the encasements are bed bug-proof. When you return home, you will want to periodically inspect these encasements.

Destination Arrival:

  • Keep your distance—Physical barriers are a great deterrent against bed bugs. When you arrive at a hotel keep your luggage closed and away from bed bug prone areas such as the bed, closets, nightstands and furniture. Most hotel rooms have luggage racks, so use them.
  • Conduct a basic visual inspection of the hotel bed—Well-established bed bug infestations may be detected by pulling back the bed linens and checking the visible edges of the mattress and box spring. You are looking for evidence of live bugs, dark brownish to black spots/stains or shed skins from bed bugs. This is a very simple but important step.

Returning Home:

  • Head straight for the laundry room—When you arrive home, it is advised that clothing be immediately hot laundered or heat-dried when possible. Sustained temperature of 120 degrees or higher will kill all life stages of bed bugs. For people that need to carry luggage through their home to get to the laundry room, dissolvable laundry bags are a safe transportation solution and can prevent bed bugs from dropping off throughout the house.
  • Leave it to a pro— Bed bugs are a complex pest and self-treating often leads to complicating and even spreading an infestation. This will add a hefty price tag to what may have been a small job. If you think you have bed bugs, contact a pest management firm that is trained in bed bug treatment.
  • Get educated—The best tip for traveling bed bug free is self-education. These basic tips are a great starting point, but they are not comprehensive. Cooper has worked with other entomologists to create an online resource known as BedBug Central. This website provides the public with bed bug biology facts, in depth methods for prevention, treatment options and more.

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