April 9, 2011 6:21 am
RISMEDIA, April 9, 2011-The bags are packed, but before spring break travelers take off, pest and termite control company Arrow Exterminators cautions them against bringing home unwanted souvenirs.
Bed bugs, fleas and ants are notorious hitchhikers and can wreak havoc in a home if undetected. Arrow Exterminators encourages travelers to maintain vigilance, and offers the following pest prevention tips to avoid bringing these intruders home.
"Spring break is a great time to remind people of the many hitchhiking pests that can come home after a vacation. Bed bugs, fleas and ants can be a particular nuisance-breeding rapidly and causing health problems," said Shay Runion, Arrow Pest Expert. "While the goal of a vacation is to relax, it's important to be mindful of these pests. Many pest problems are easily avoided with a quick inspection before settling in a hotel room and by thoroughly washing all clothing-worn or not-upon returning home."
Bed bugs are the number one enemy of spring break travelers this year. Making a strong resurgence due to increased international travel, these pests can be hard to spot. The size of an apple seed, they are often found in mattresses, bed frames, suitcases and shoes. Bed bugs are not known to spread diseases but do leave behind painful, itchy welts. There can also be lasting emotional and psychological effects from an infestation. When arriving at a hotel, inspect mattresses and headboards closely. If bed bugs are detected, ask to be moved to another room away from the infested location. When returning home, vacuum suitcases before bringing inside and wash all clothing.
Fleas are another pest to be aware of. Typically associated with the family pet, flea populations have been making a comeback in recent years due to increased resistance to products on the market. Fleas leave behind painful, itchy bumps on their victims and like bed bugs they are excellent hitchhikers, quickly attaching to clothing and luggage. To avoid infestations, make sure your hotel room is vacuumed daily.
Lastly, ants are another pest that can end a vacation on a sour note. With more than 700 species in the United States, ants can be found everywhere. While most ants are considered to be a nuisance, there are a few species that can inflict harm. In particular, Red Imported Fire Ants will sting humans if they are disturbed. Like with bed bugs and fleas, it's important to inspect hotel rooms thoroughly before settling in. To prevent an ant infestation, make sure food is stored in sealed containers and trash cans are emptied daily. If indulging in room service, request for the tray to be removed from the room after dining.
For more information, visit www.arrowexterminators.com.
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