pest problems in country living
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pest problems in country living

I knew that living in the country would come with a lot of changes, but I didn't realize how many pests I would have to deal with each day. Even the winter came with its own pest problems. My blog is all about the problematic pests that country living presents. You will find out what you can do to keep your home pest-free and how to eliminate the pests that have already moved into your home. Hopefully, my personal experiences can help you find the solutions to pest problems that you have and take back your home from the insects and rodents causing you troubles.

pest problems in country living

Keeping Bed Bugs Away From Your Home If You Need To Travel

Andrea Cruz

If you travel a lot, necessitating staying in hotel rooms while you are away, bed bugs are a risk you will need to take seriously. Since several people use the rooms, a bed bug infestation could easily be transferred to a hotel room by someone carrying them in their luggage or on their clothing. As soon as these bugs make their way to the hotel bed, they will burrow in and use travelers to obtain blood needed to keep them alive. If this scenario sounds scary, you will want to take the proper precautions when traveling to ensure you do not bring bed bugs from a hotel room back to your home. Here are some tips to take when staying in hotels to keep this from happening.

Visually Inspect The Bed

Before you bring any of your belongings into a hotel room, inspect the bed for any signs of a bed bug problem. Bed bugs are small, brown, flat insects. They are about a quarter-inch in length and resemble a dark sunflower seed. Check the mattress and box spring for insects matching this description. Check the bed's structure for any reddish markings as these are left behind after a bed bug feasts on a host.

Keep Clothing Contained

Rather than unpack your belongings in your hotel room, keep them inside your suitcase where they are safely kept away from bed bugs that may be in the room. Some people pack their belongings in a trash bag and insert this into their suitcase. They will keep it closed so no bugs could crawl onto the clothing. Simply open the bag to take out an item, and close it up afterwards before zipping your suitcase. This double protection will help you keep bed bugs from being transferred to your belongings and into your home.

Be Aware Of Symptoms

During your stay, keep on the look out for any markings on your skin signifying a bed bug problem. Bed bugs usually bite people where their body lies on the bed. This is usually the back, the backs of the legs, and the back of the neck. Bed bug bites resemble mosquito bites. They are small, bright red welts, usually left in clusters on the skin. If you find you are itching or sore and have these markings, alert the hotel so you can move your room.

Unpack Outdoors

If you had welts while you were away, you will want to take precautions when bringing your belongings back inside your home. Bring any clothing into your home in a closed garbage bag. This way any bed bugs that may be on your items will not crawl into areas of your home. Immediately place your clothing in your washing machine and wash it on a hot cycle. Dry using heat until the clothes are completely dry. This will kill any eggs or larvae from the items. 

Kill Any Stragglers

Use a commercial grade pest control spray to kill any bugs that may be on your suitcase. Leave your suitcase outdoors in the sun to help kill off any stragglers. If they do not have a source to feed on, they will perish. If you find the problem with welts continues at your home, call a pest control service, like the one represented at, right away. Some bugs may have made their way in on your person, causing the need for a complete fumigation process to remove them from the home.