Is there a season for bed bugs? Bed bugs are indoor pests that don’t die out in the winter months, making them technically a year-round pest. However, they also favor warm environments and are much more active in the summer months. Peak season for bed bugs is from June through October. In fact, Bed Bug Awareness Week is June 3-9, 2019. The increase in heat and humidity in the summertime leads to an increase in bed bug activity – making them want to feed and breed more often.
Summer is also a busy travel season with people going on summer vacations and college students coming home for summer break. This increase in travel activity allows bed bugs to spread quickly creating new infestations. Bed bugs are notorious hitchhikers and will catch a ride on people, pets, luggage, bedding, clothing, and even pillows.
What can you do to help prevent bed bugs as peak season begins soon? Here are some tips to prevent bed bugs this summer.
- Do your research before you travel. Check out the Bed Bug Registry or read reviews of the places you are staying to see if any recent reports of bed bugs have surfaced.
- Leave your luggage outside until you can perform a thorough inspection of your room.
- Make sure to check the edges of the mattress, near the headboard, the bed skirt, and between the mattress and box spring. Look for small black spots that resemble mold.
- Also check the wood and fabric on furniture, paying close attention to cracks and crevices.
- Keep your luggage in zippable plastic bags or on luggage racks. If these aren’t available, store your luggage in the bathtub.
- Keep your luggage zipped when not in use.
- Pack your clothing in plastic bags that seal within your luggage.
- Once you return home, keep your luggage outside until you can thoroughly inspect it for bed bugs.
- Wash and dry your clothes immediately on high heat.
- Vacuum your luggage after unpacking and before you store it away.
If you suspect you have a bed bug problem, contact a professional pest control company who can thoroughly inspect your home and provide you with bed bug treatment options, as well as a prevention plan going forward.