Is There A Bed Bug Season?

We’ve all asked it, we’ve all wondered about it…and now there is an answer to the age old question: is there a bed bug season?  While there is never a time where bed bugs aren’t able to infiltrate your sheets and your REM cycle relaxation, they do in fact tend to be extremely more prevalent in the Spring and Summer months.  But why is that?

Well, the answer may be simpler than we realize. 

With the influx of spring break and countless summer vacations to the tropics and sandy beaches, people actually tend to bring the bed bugs home with them!  Places that see a high turnover rate of different people from a variety of locations across the globe tend to be bed bug breeding grounds.  Little did you know that while you’re on vacation, a Bed Bug Brigade is patiently waiting in your comfy suitcase – ready to take a vacation back to your home! But don’t let bed bugs stop you from making the world your playground and traveling near and far in the next few months – here are a few helpful hints from the American Pest Association to keep those critters minding their own business:

  • Perform a thorough inspection of your hotel room before unpacking. Look closely at mattress seams and box springs for live bed bugs or shed bed bug skins.
  • Thoroughly check drawers for signs of bed bugs. We suggest to avoid using drawers in hotels and motels altogether.
  • Keep your suitcases off the floor! Thick carpet is a great place in which bed bugs hide. Place your luggage on the elevated stands usually provided by the motel.
  • Bed bugs do not travel directly on you like lice. They will hitch a ride to your home in your clothing or suitcase. If you are suspicious of being exposed to them, place all clothing in plastic bags and wash them as soon as you get home. Set the washer and dryer on the hottest setting available. Also, inspect your suitcase again with a flashlight after emptying it, looking for live bugs hiding in the seams.

Take these helpful hints to heart and have yourself a blissful Spring and Summer season…bed bug free!