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Posted by KarenMBern at 02:23:37 PM on December 17, 2012

In all the rush and excitement, don’t forget about bed bugs . . . .

I know. . . . Who wants to hear about these awful creatures right now?

But I have it from some folks that should know. . . bed bug infestations tend to increase during the holidays when lots of people are traveling and visiting and returning home on break. Worry and panic aren’t called for, but be concerned and vigilant. You don’t want these guys.

There is lots of advice out there. Some recommendations, like inspecting behind heavy or unmovable pieces of furniture in hotel rooms, are difficult for some of us to do. And I don’t think some folks are going to be willing to seal all of their luggage into big plastic bags in the trunk of the car while there’s freezing rain falling in that remote parking lot at the airport.

Still, think about this and try to be extra cautious. Bedbug infestations can be traumatic, and control can be expensive. Do your best to make sure that possessions being brought into your home are free of infestation. Be extra cautious rather than not cautious enough. If the worst should happen, act promptly, but try not to panic. Remember to preserve the evidence if you find something suspicious. It’s recommended that you hire a structural pest control professional to treat bed bug infestations. These folks will confirm any identification of evidence or creatures before they apply control measures.

There’s lots of information online. Consider checking University- or government-based information first.

http://extension.psu.edu/bedbugs/travelers-hotels/bed-bug-precautions-for-travelers

http://njaes.rutgers.edu/bedbug/

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