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How to prevent bed bugs from entering your home, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

In the past couple of posts on our website, we have discussed how bed bugs can be a destructive pest in your home and we have covered a variety of tips and tricks homeowners can use to identify bed bugs.

But the fact is, preventing bed bugs from entering your home in the first place is a critical part to maintaining a pest free home. So we wanted to answer some of the more common questions about the process by which bed bugs travel between locations and what brings them into your home. So without further ado, here are our top tips for staying bed bug free!

  • Always check new spaces you stay in for bed bugs.

This mostly applies to travel. The most common way people pick up bed bugs is during travel. Oftentimes this occurs when staying in a hotel room, dormitory, or other residential space that has an active bed bug infestation. Bed bugs will often sneak into luggage and hide amongst your clothes or in other dark, secluded spaces, thus making travelers the unwitting transporter of a future infestation.

Due to this risk, it is always a good idea to check over any new room you stay in before unpacking. Most often, you will see signs of bed bug activity in common infestation areas such as around mattress seams, behind headboards, around linens, or on carpets and furniture. You should be looking for the signs of bed bug habitation, the most common sign being small black or brown dots and stains. If you notice these signs in your hotel room, you should notify the staff as soon as possible to prevent the infestation from spreading further.

  • Be cautious with used furniture.

While buying used furniture and decor can be a great part of a sustainable and fiscal lifestyle, homeowners should remember to check these items BEFORE bringing them into your home. Bed bugs can and will infest almost any furniture, and they will often hide quite carefully in small cracks and gaps. Due to this, you should check over any used furniture that you purchase to ensure that it is bed bug free so as to avoid bringing a hidden infestation into your home.

  • On the same note, double check your luggage when returning from travel.

As we stated earlier, human traffic is the primary way that bed bugs gain access to homes. Due to this you should carefully check your luggage after travel to ensure that you have not picked up any bed bugs or other pests along the way.

Bed bugs are a very tenacious pest with a rapid reproductive rate, and this means that even one or two bed bugs can potentially establish a large infestation in your home over time, so it is important to be cautious.

  • Finally, if you are at all concerned about potential bed bug activity in your home, schedule an inspection ASAP.

The fact is, bed bug treatment can be a long, frustrating process, and every day that the infestation is allowed to grow unchecked further compounds the problem. So if you are at all concerned that you could have bed bugs in your home, it is a good idea to have a licensed pest control company inspect your home and ensure that all is well. Not only can this allow you to detect and deal with a bed bug infestation early, it might also reveal the existence of conducive conditions that are allowing pests to thrive in your home.

We here at Arrow Pest Service are proud to be an industry leader in bed bug and other pest solutions for the greater Panama City area! We provide a wide range of safe, targeted treatment options that can deal with pests in your home quickly, efficiently, and completely!

So make today the last day pests have domain in your home, call us at 850-874-1900! We will be happy to help in any way that we can!

Here’s to YOU living PEST FREE!

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How to avoid bed bugs while traveling-Panama City, FL -Arrow Pest Service

If you are traveling anytime in the near future, you should be aware of the potential risk of picking up bed bugs during your travel.

While many people know about how frustrating a bed bug infestation in your home can be, there is a surprising lack of information about how exactly bed bugs most often gain access to your home in the first place.

So what are the facts about bed bug infestations?

The most common way bed bugs gain access to your home is when they are carried into the home after travel. Bed bugs will often hide inside luggage and other containers. They will emerge from their hiding places once inside the home and quickly establish an active infestation. Because bed bugs are able to reproduce rapidly, it can sometimes only require a single female of the species to build a new population. All of this to say that, when traveling, it is critical to avoid picking up stray bed bugs from any hotels, condos, or other areas you might stay.

So at this point you might be thinking, what should you be looking out for?

When you first arrive in a new hotel or condo while traveling, it is important to inspect the room to ensure there are no signs of pest activity BEFORE you unpack. Bed bugs like to hide near areas that humans lay dormant, so the first places to check are beds, couches, and other lounging areas.

For beds, start by checking behind the headboard as well as around any side framing. After that, look on and beneath the mattress. If you see any signs such as small brown marks on the mattress, it is possible that there are bed bugs living nearby.

You should also search beneath the cushions on couches and chairs, and inspect any closets or other areas that previous occupants might have left luggage. Because bed bugs are nocturnal, it is unlikely that you will spot the bugs themselves. However a significant infestation will leave behind obvious signs of activity.

It is important to note even clean, new rooms can still be susceptible to bed bug infestation, so any room you visit should be inspected regardless of its quality.

If you find bed bugs in your room, it is critical to make the hotel staff aware of the situation. Bed bugs can quickly spread from room to room in a large building, and if left unchecked they can be a nightmare for a hotel and its guests.

If you have been staying in a room and find bed bugs after a few days, there are several steps you can take to minimize your frustration and loss.

The first thing you should do is throw away any nonessential items you brought that may have been exposed to bed bugs and thoroughly clean any other items. Then you should document the bed bug activity so that you have proof in case you need to make a claim for losses to the hotel. Most hotels will gladly provide you with a full refund and recompense for damages in these cases, but it is better to be safe than sorry!

If you are concerned that you might have possibly brought bed bugs into your home from travel, DON’T WAIT!

Call in a licensed pest company to inspect your home. You may be tempted initially to attempt to treat bed bugs with DIY products, however these are often ineffective and can give the infestation more time to spread.

Treating bed bugs effectively requires a multi-step approach, and you can save yourself a lot of frustration and expense by calling in a reliable pest control company to treat the home. At Arrow Pest Service, we have decades of experience treating for pests of all kinds. We approach each treatment as a unique situation, and use a combination of data gathered from inspections of the property and advice from our in-house pest experts to formulate a safe, targeted treatment plan guaranteed to deal with your pest problems!


So if you need help with bed bugs, or simply have a question, call us today at 850-874-1900!

PS. Don’t Forget to ask about our 3 Months FREE Pest Control Offer & 1 Month FREE Lawn Spraying!!!

PPS. Ask about our FREE Exclusive 58 Point Inspection!