Think You May Have Brought Home Bed Bugs From Your Travels? What To Do

If you travel a lot for a living and you have red markings that look like small bites or a rash on your body, you may have picked up bedbugs while you're were traveling. Bedbugs are a common problem in hotels, and in areas where luggage is moved around and transferred.

You can check the hotel registry to find out if a hotel where you have stayed has had bedbug problems, but it still may be too late and your home might already be infested. Here are a few of the things you want to do if you think the bites you have are bedbugs.

Doctor's Appointment

Schedule a visit with your doctor to make sure that the bedbug bites you think you have are actually bites, and that they aren't dry skin or another type of skin condition. The doctor may want to give you some prescription strength ointment to treat the bites, and may want to look over your body to see if there are any signs of infection or other concerns.

Pest Control Services Inspection

To get rid of bedbugs in the home, pest control experts are needed. These insects hide in the darkest corners and in fabrics and mattresses all around your home and getting them out without professional chemicals and tools can be difficult. The inspection team should be able to treat the home, and let you know if it's best to get rid of any furniture because of infestation.

Car Treatment

Do you carry a lot of backpacks, briefcases, luggage and other items from the home in the car with you? If so, your car could have bedbugs inside, and you want to have it detailed and steam cleaned by a professional. This is especially important for people who travel a great deal, since suitcases could be housing these insects, and everything you put in your vehicle after your luggage is then exposed.

Bedbugs can live for months without feeding off a human, so even if it's been a while since you last traveled, they could be living around your home and vehicle. Don't ignore the skin irritations or bite marks on your arms if you think that you may have a bedbug problem in your home, and check the sheets around your house to see if they have blood marks from the bugs. Once you call the professionals, they can go over how to care for items in your home after the bed bug removal.